Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

  • Mission Statement

    The Newburyport Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) facilitates an inclusive partnership of students, parents, educators and the community to ensure the delivery of appropriate services to students with a wide range of physical, emotional and academic needs and disabilities.

    To that end, the SEPAC works to:

    • Advise the School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities;
    • Meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the district’s special education programs;
    • Assist the district in coordinating the presentation of 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.

    Some of our goals and objectives are as follows:

    • Provide parents access to relevant information, regulations and laws, training and emotional support.
    • Work with the school community to continue to improve the educational opportunities within and without our schools in order to promote improved educational outcomes for children with disabilities.
    • Promote communication and programs within the community in an effort to provide greater understanding, acceptance, compassion and inclusion of children with special needs.
    • Stay up-to-date on public policy issues that impact all education in Massachusetts and respond as necessary.

    Executive Board

    • President--Open
    • Vice President--Open
    • Treasurer--Open
    • Secretary--Open



  • Thursday, January 18

    6:00-7:00pm at the Newburyport Senior Center (Dining Room)

    Saturday, January 20

    1:00-2:00pm in the Nock-Molin Library


    The Newburyport SEPAC invites you to come meet others interested in supporting our students with disabilities at two meetings. Stay for the whole time or drop in for a few minutes. For any questions, please email Gael Phillips at gphillips@newburyport.k12.ma.us