SEPAC – South Orange/Maplewood



Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent-led advocacy group focused on policies, programs, and practices within the South Orange Maplewood School District.  Families and caregivers of student(s) with learning needs or students eligible for or receiving services under an IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to attend SEPAC Meetings.

SEPAC provides parents with tools and information to work collaboratively with the school district and to be more effective advocates for their children with special educational needs. Our meetings consist of featured conversations/ presentations as well as support, resource sharing, and the ability to connect with other members of the special education community. Meetings with featured topics are our attempt to get those with similar concerns in the same room at the same time but all are always welcome!

Out-of-District Families’ Meet Up
Wednesday, November 11    7:30-9pm
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SEPAC OOD Special Education Liaisons, Ann Leeb and Sandy LoPiccolo, will be hosting this informal meetup, specifically meant to connect families with students who attend out-of-district special education schools. Topics likely to be discussed include transportation, goal formation, transition back to the district, extracurriculars, virtual instruction and others. Renee Joyce and Penny Petchers will join for a portion of the meet up. Those interested in finding out more about out-of-district placements are also welcome to attend.

SEPAC Meeting
Tuesday, December 1    7:15-8:45pm
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Our final SEPAC meeting of 2020 will focus on Behaviors and Mental Health. Stay tuned for information on our guest speaker. The SEPAC Board will also have updates on advocacy work and there will be time for open discussion. All are welcome to attend.

2020-2021 Special Services Supplemental Guide to SOMSD Virtual Guidebook for Families


2020-2021 Virtual Instructional Guidebook for Families