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SEPAC SOMA @ SOMSD BOE

SEPAC SOMA presented to the SOMSD Board of Education at the 9/29/22 public session. We were so pleased to share more about our parent-led group – who we are, what we do, and our goals for this school year – and were encouraged by the thoughtful comments expressed and follow-up questions asked by Board Members.

If you couldn’t tune in on Thursday, no worries! You can watch SEPAC President Beth Cosentino’s presentation on the district’s YouTube channel. If you have any questions, please let us know at info@sepacsoma.org.


OCTOBER @ SEPAC SOMA

We’ll be manning a table at South Orange Community Day! Stop by to say hi, ask questions, and learn more about who we are and what we do! 👋

Sunday, October 2, 1:00-3:00pm
Click here for more info.

INSIDE OUT:
Susie Budine, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, will join us to share an overview of Special Education services in the South Orange & Maplewood School District.

Monday, October 17, 7:30-8:30pm
This meeting will be virtual. The meeting link will be emailed to our subscriber list and available here. All are welcome!


NEW! @ SEPAC SOMA

CUP CHATS:
Conversation, Connection & Community*
These informal, in-person gatherings are a great way to connect with other parents and caregivers in our district. *Our chats are BYOCup … please bring your own coffee or other choice of beverage!

Our September sessions were fantastic! So lovely to see all those faces we’ve only seen on-screen the last two years! ❤️ Stay tuned for our next Cup Chats date …


You Inspire Us!

The SEPAC SOMA team is planning our 2022-2023 meetings, and the more we know about YOU, the better we are able to support our amazing community of Special Education families!

Please take a few minutes to share your input on topics, meetings, communication preferences and volunteer opportunities. Five minutes of your time right now will help us tailor our programming and parent support opportunities all year long.


What is SEPAC SOMA?

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


SEPAC Meetings

SEPAC hosts meetings throughout the school year to provide parents and caregivers support, resources and information relevant to students with special education programming. Our meetings consist of featured conversations and 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!

Click here to sign up for meeting notices.

At every meeting, we learn from one another, support each other, share resources and connect with others.


Connect with SEPAC SOMA

Stay informed about Special Education updates, advocacy efforts and upcoming meetings by subscribing to our mailing list.


SEPAC SOMA Advocacy

SEPAC SOMA works hard to support and advocate for Special Education families by identifying trending issues and elevating those concerns to district administration and the Board of Education. If you’re feeling stuck, please let us know by reaching out to your school’s SEPAC Liaison or emailing us at info@sepacsoma.org.

2021-2022 Advocacy Efforts:

  • 2021 BOE Candidate Statements on Special Education – Read more about our annual questionnaire for Board of Education candidates
  • Against the proposal to move all district bus drivers and bus aides to an outside vendor. Outsourcing drivers and aides has the biggest impact on our most vulnerable and youngest students: Special Education and Preschool.
  • Staffing Shortages – Evidence Based Reading, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals
  • Out-of-order elevator at Maplewood Middle School
  • Busing issues