Sussex-Wantage Special Education Parent Advisory Group
The mission of the Sussex-Wantage Special Education Parent Advisory Group (S-W SEPAG) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community.
UNITE EDUCATE ADVOCATE ASSIST
We seek to unite the parent, and child, to the school and community. Learning and developmental disabilities can be overwhelming for parents to understand and we look to the school for answers. Education on understanding our children must come from both sides. The school helping the parent define the learning curve, the parent helping the school understand the child’s individual strengths. Our goal is to help parents understand how to advocate for their children throughout their lives. We hope to assist in bringing positive change, not only to the school, but the community. If our community only views our children for their weaknesses and the school only teaches what the community will accept, change is not possible. As we look to the future for better opportunities for our children, their education must meet the same requirement. It is up to us, as parents, to make change happen.
What is a Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)?
A Special Education Parent Advisory Group, or SEPAG (sea-pag) is a state-mandated, district-level, parent-driven group charged with providing input to the local school district on system-level challenges in special education and related services. To be eligible for state aid, New Jersey regulations require that:
"Each district board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities." (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.2(h))
This legal requirement for a SEPAG is brief and open-ended, allowing parents and school district leaders to create and run an advisory group that meets local needs. SEPAG requirements open the door to collaboration that can make a difference.
A SEPAG should be structured to benefit all students with disabilities, not just a single group of students, or a single issue. The more inclusive a SEPAG is, the more opportunities there are to achieve positive outcomes.
Who Should join the SEPAG?
- Parents and/or guardians of children who receive any type of special education services or accommodations in school, such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 accommodation, or out-of-district placement.
- Parents who think their child may have some learning issues or differences.
- Parents who would like to understand or have an interest in the Special Education process.
- Parents, educators, or any members of the community who want to learn more!
Why Get Involved?
- To network with other parents in the community.
- To share your own expertise and experiences with other parents.
- To learn about the services available for children with learning issues or differences.
- To learn to advocate for your child's needs more effectively.
When are the Meetings?
10/15/18 @ 7pm - open forum - Sussex Middle School media center
10/25/18 @ 9am - open forum - Board of Education office
1/14/19 @ 7pm- open forum - Sussex Middle School media center
1/24/19 @ 9am - open forum - Board of Education office
3/18/19 @ 7pm - open forum - Sussex Middle School media center
3/21/19 @ 9am - open forum - Board of Education office
6/6/19 @ 9am - open forum - Board of Education office