BROCKTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
43 CRESCENT STREET
BROCKTON, MA 02301
Laurie A. Mason
Director of Special Education
Assistant Director of Special Education
- SEPAC Officers
- Resources for Parents/Guardians
- Parent Rights & Responsibilities
- Join the SEPAC Mailing List
- SEPAC Bylaws
NOTICE OF UPCOMING MEETING:
On Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 6:30 pm, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Public School Monitoring will conduct a parent orientation to discuss the District's Tiered Focused Monitoring Review. This meeting will be held virtually on ZOOM and will serve as this month's SEPAC meeting. All parents of special education students are invited to attend. Translators will be available for anyone needing translation services.
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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING MEETINGS (THE FOLLOWING WILL BE HELD IN THE AZURE ACCESS ROOM AT BHS):
January 13, 2022
"What To Expect At Your Child's IEP Meeting"
Speaker: Laurie Mason, Director of Special Education
March, 3, 2022
"SEPAC Welcome's Brockton School Committee Members for a Meet and Greet"
May 5, 2022
"Transitions for the Special Education Student"
Speakers: BPS Special Education Department Heads
June 2, 2022
Officer Vote, By-Laws Approval, and Feedback
ALL ABOVE meetings will be held at Brockton High School in the Azure Access Room (off of the cafeteria).
Translators will be available at all meetings
Light Refreshments will be served.
A Parent's Guide to Special Education (click here)
Parent IEP Checklist:
It is the responsibility of the Brockton Public Schools to identify any child who is a resident of Brockton, who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of the Brockton Public Schools to evaluate students who may have a disability to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or 306 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations).
The Brockton Public Schools is committed to identifying children before their third birthday to provide early intervention services for three and four-year-olds with disabilities. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child's development and would like to have him/her screened, please contact the Special Education Office at 508-580-7525.
If you have other specific questions about your child, you can also contact the Principal at your child's school for information about the Instructional Support Team (IST) process, which the first step in the referral process is to determine eligibility. It is through this school-based process that strategies are developed, academic and/or behavioral interventions and data is collected to support your child to determine if a referral for special education evaluation is needed.
Brockton Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Article I: Name or Organization
The Name of this self-governed organization shall be the Brockton Special Education Parent Advisory Council, also known as SEPAC.
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council is to provide information and support to parents of children with disabilities. They will also:
- Provide a network for parents and a forum for sharing ideas and information.
- Seek information about programs and resources that may be available within the community, as well as those from local, state, and national organizations that can provide support for children with disabilities and their parents.
- Provide educational opportunities for parents to learn about additional ways to support their child and to advocate more effectively.
- Advise the school district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities.
- Meet with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education programs.
- Work collaboratively with the school district to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
- Communicate regularly with the Director of Special Education to discuss concerns of parents and activities of SEPAC.
Article III: Terms of Membership
- General membership shall be open to the public.
- Voting membership shall be limited to Brockton residents and parents or guardians of a child with disabilities who resides in Brockton.
- The existence of an individual education program is not a requirement for voting membership. Voting members shall be required to provide their name and contact information.
- Persons affiliated with the Brockton Public Schools who have attended any meeting of SEPAC during the past 12 months shall be granted voting membership only if their name and the name of their school affiliation is provided.
- Information provided for voting membership will be kept confidential and will not appear on ballots.
- Voting membership is required to vote in elections and other business that comes before any SEPAC meeting.
- Meetings are defined as any SEPAC activity that has been publicized and/or any sub committee meetings at which attendance is taken.
Article IV: Officers
Officers of the Brockton Special Education Parent Advisory Council presently consist of a president and vice-president who will serve until the next election. SEPAC officers share responsibility for:
- Setting the agenda for each general meeting
- Presiding at all meetings of the SEPAC
- Recommending the organization and monitoring of sub-committees
- Acting as liaison with the Director of Special Education and other school officials.
- Helping to co-ordinate related school and public communications
- Preparing periodic reports for the Special Education Administration regarding SEPAC activities as needed
- Providing election results to the Brockton Public Schools Administration
Article V: Elections
Elections shall be held annually at the May meeting, having public notification.
Article VI: Meetings
General Meetings shall be held regularly, from September through June. Notice of all general meeting dates and elections shall be posted at City Hall and on the Brockton Public School website, and on flyers distributed through the schools. The officers shall consider recommendations for the calendar of meetings and shall include dates and times of the meetings and projected activities for the year whenever possible.
Matters which require a vote to be taken of the voting membership include, but are not limited to the following items:
- A change in the By-laws
Article VII: Subcommittees
Subcommittees shall be created as needed.
Article VIII: Amendments
These by-laws may be amended by a simple majority of the voting members at a general meeting, but may not be voted upon in the same meeting as they are proposed.
Article IX: Rules of Conduct
Roberts Rules of Order are the default procedures for this organization.
These By-laws, adopted May 20, 2019, respectfully submitted by:
Michelle Keene, President Teresa McIntosh, Vice-President