January 2022: PerformCare Fact Sheet

Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans help get your child what they need to thrive at school, but what about at home? Caring for a child with behavioral, mental health and emotional challenges, or intellectual and developmental disabilities, can be overwhelming. The Children’s System of Care (part of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families)Continue reading “January 2022: PerformCare Fact Sheet”

Announcement: New SEPAC SOMA 2021-2022 Board Members

SEPAC SOMA is happy to announce two recent additions to our SEPAC SOMA Executive Board: Nicole Josey, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion Michelle Reback, Vice President of Parent Support Nicole is the Special Education Liaison at Jefferson Elementary, and has previously served as our Vice President of Parent Support. Michelle is a former SpecialContinue reading “Announcement: New SEPAC SOMA 2021-2022 Board Members”

2021 BOE Candidate Questionnaire

Each year SEPAC SOMA invites Board of Education candidates to respond to several questions about issues related to Special Education in our district. We are pleased to share with you the 2021 Candidate Statements on Special Education. We thank all the candidates for taking the time to share their perspectives. SEPAC is not a political organization,Continue reading “2021 BOE Candidate Questionnaire”

Letter Read at BOE Meeting (10/18/21): EBR Staffing Shortages and MMS Elevator

The following letter submitted by SEPAC was read during the public speaks portion of the SOMSD Board of Education meeting on 10/18/21. Good evening Board of Education members, I’m speaking to you on behalf of the board of SEPAC SOMA — the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee — to bring your attention to TWO criticalContinue reading “Letter Read at BOE Meeting (10/18/21): EBR Staffing Shortages and MMS Elevator”

Letter Read at BOE Meeting (8/16/21): Vaccination Mandate

The following letter submitted by SEPAC was read during the public speaks portion of the 8/16/21 Board of Education meeting. Good evening Dr. Taylor, Administrators and BOE Members, The Executive Board of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (or SEPAC) here in our district is advocating for you to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all schoolContinue reading “Letter Read at BOE Meeting (8/16/21): Vaccination Mandate”

SEPAC Letter to Dr. Taylor & BOE (8/11/21): Vaccination Mandate

The following letter was submitted on 8/11/21 on behalf of SEPAC to SOMSD Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor, the members of the SOMSD Board of Education and other Maplewood/South Orange community leaders. Greetings Dr. Taylor, Administrators, BOE Members and South Orange – Maplewood Community Leaders,  I hope this email finds you well and enjoying your summer. Continue reading “SEPAC Letter to Dr. Taylor & BOE (8/11/21): Vaccination Mandate”

Letter read at BOE Meeting (2/22/21)

To the Administration, BOE members and SOMEA leadership: I am addressing you today on behalf of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) to point out an urgent and critical issue that is affecting many special education families. Many children in our district had been receiving in-person Related Services, from Speech to OT and PT,Continue reading “Letter read at BOE Meeting (2/22/21)”

Mental Health Presentation from December 1, 2020 SEPAC Meeting (12/13/20)

At the December 1, 2020 SEPAC Meeting, the focus topic was Mental Health and Behaviors during Distance Learning. There was panel discussion that included Arelis Tapia-Vargas, the School Social Worker from Clinton, and Laura Prato, one of the School Social Workers at Columbia High. They prepared a presentation for the evening that included resources forContinue reading “Mental Health Presentation from December 1, 2020 SEPAC Meeting (12/13/20)”