Special Education

What is the Newton SEPAC?

Does your child have an IEP or 504 plan?  Are you interested in obtaining an evaluation or support services for your child? Then you need to know about the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) at newtonsepac.org.

We are a volunteer organization of parents and guardians of children with special needs from preschool through high school. We work directly with Newton’s district and school administration regarding our children’s special education through our school-based liaisons, regular meetings with the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and by attending and reporting at Newton School Committee meetings. The SEPAC Board can be contacted directly via Email at info@NewtonSEPAC.org.

We hold monthly Open Board Meetings that are open to all families and interested community members in Newton. Meetings are held in two formats: virtually and in-person (see website for dates, room locations, Zoom links and agendas).

We also run an Online Forum where parents can ask each other about special education programs, issues, policies and resources both within and outside of the public school system. Members of our “Newton SEPAC” Google Group can post questions or concerns about anything related to your child with special needs. We also use this group to publicize local/online presentations and conferences as well as DESE policy updates.

In addition, we reach families through our Facebook page: Newton Special Education Parents – SEPAC. Upcoming meetings and presentations, policy updates, and questions are posted here often.

SEPAC at Memorial Spaulding Elementary School

Every K-12 public school in Newton has at least one parent volunteer who serves as the SEPAC Liaison. Anyone in the school community can contact their SEPAC Liaison(s) directly for information about the SEPAC, special education services at a particular school, or with any questions or concerns about a student. The SEPAC Liaison(s) for Memorial Spaulding can be contacted via Email at MemorialSpaulding@newtonsepac.org, and contact information for other schools can be found on the Newton SEPAC website.

Our school community is lucky to have dedicated and experienced Memorial Spaulding Special Education Staff supporting our children with IEPs/504s every day. For questions about specific services or providers, please contact your child’s teacher and/or their IEP team coordinator.

SEPAC Events

Presentation: Interactive Media Use & Youth Mental Health: Guidance for Parents of Students Across the Developmental Span

Description: The Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is excited to partner with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Digital Wellness Lab to offer a comprehensive presentation on the relationship between children’s and teens’ media use and their mental health. The Digital Wellness Lab’s senior content strategist, Kristelle Lavallee Collins, will discuss the most recent research on the relationships between interactive media use and the well-being of children and adolescents. The presentation will also cover the latest science-based strategies parents and caregivers can employ to support children in developing a “healthy” relationship with technology and screen media.

Date/Time: Jan 27, 2022 07:00pm

Register: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jYYsTQrKQNq6Voan9rvqwA

Submit questions: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6642281/Newton-SEPAC-Digital-Wellness-Lab-Presentation