Get to Know Us
The Groton Dunstable Special Education Parent Advisory Council (GD SEPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents of exceptional children with unique needs in preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, homeschool, and in private schools. Our mission is to support families in the community who wish to learn more about special education programs, issues, policies, regulations, and resources.
GD SEPAC serves as a liaison between parents of students with unique needs and school district administrators. We offer information to the community on a range of disabilities, resources, remediation approaches, and education issues. Topics presented at our monthly meetings include parents’ rights under special education laws and regulations, effective collaboration with teachers and administrators, and strategies for parenting and teaching children with a range of needs. Meetings are open to all parents, teachers, specialists, and others with an interest in education.
We hold monthly meetings, workshops, and host morning coffee meet ups. The governing members collaborate regularly with district administration and the school committee regarding our children’s right to a free and appropriate public education with dignity.
Liaisons to the SEPAC are in place for each Groton and Dunstable public school, as well as for the School Committee, the EDI Advisory Group, and the community's Racial and Social Justice Group.
You can read more about how we are organized in our by-laws.
The formation of this SEPAC is mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: 603 CMR 28.07 (4) Parent Involvement:
(4) Parent Advisory participation. Each school district shall create a district wide parent advisory council offering membership to all parents of eligible students and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: advising the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning , development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education programs. The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures, and, in the course of its duties, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the district without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources. The district shall conduct, in cooperation with the parent advisory council, at least one workshop annually within the school district on the rights of students and their parents and guardians under state and federal special education laws. (See MGL c71B, 1C and 3)