Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Andover Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a volunteer group of parents of children with disabilities, who are an advisory council. The SEPAC mandated objectives is "...to advise the school committee 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 committees special educational programs." (Excerpt from Massachusetts special education law, Section 3 of Chapter 71B that pertains to PACs)

Dyslexia Awareness Presentation

December 9, 7 - 9pm Andover High School, 90 Shawsheen Rd., Library, 2nd floor

If you thought dyslexia only affects a few people, if you thought all kids who struggle with reading are not smart or they just need to work harder, if you thought dyslexia means you see backwards, you may be surprised to learn the truth about what dyslexia really is...and is not!

Learn more about the typical profile of a dyslexic learner, how children with dyslexia can learn to read well, and become aware about the current dyslexia research. View Flyer

SEPAC Parent Support Group

Cocktails with a SEPAC Twist:
December 10th, 7 - 9pm - Dawn Shea's Home, 9 Peach Tree Path, Andover, MA

Informal forums for families of children with disabilities to network and share information and ideas. Please come and join us, kids welcome, bring your favorite treat!

The Parent Support Group is held every two months. If you would be interested in hosting, please contact us at andoversepac@gmail.com.

SEPAC Needs Assessment Survey responses

The Andover Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) is pleased to announce the release of the responses from the First Annual Needs Assessment Survey. Thanks to the hundreds of interested parents and guardians who took the time to thoughtfully fill out the survey and provide invaluable feedback to Andover School System.

Letter to School Committee | 2014 Full Survey Results | 31 Responses

How does SEPAC work, key objectives:

  • Members are made up parents of children with disabilities. This may include other interested parties, see Andover SEPAC by-laws for more details.
  • Meetings are open to the public.
  • SEPAC directs its own activities, controls their own publications and correspondence in collaboration with the school district.
  • SEPAC determines the contents of it's own reports to the school committee.
  • Provides a forum for parents and guardians of children with disabilities to have access to relevant information, training and emotional support; and to encourage an atmosphere of effective open communication, transparency, understanding and mutual respect among students, parents, educators, school administration and the communit at large.

 view the parent's guide to special education

Come join us!

SEPAC meetings are opened to the public

Meeting schedule

December 2, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
January 6, 2015 @ 12 p.m.
February 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
March 3, 2015 @ 12 p.m.
April 7, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
May 5, 2015 @ 12 p.m.
June 2, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Meeting location

District Offices, 36 Bartlet St, 3rd floor, conf. room B