The mission of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to support children with special needs and their families. To attain this goal, the SEPAC promotes a network for parents of children with special needs and provides a forum to share information and discuss matters of concern and interest for children with special needs. We also advise the Director of Student Services and our Board of Trustees on the operation and development of special education programs.
We promote communication between our community as well as local, state and national organizations that support children with special needs. We promote communication and programs within the community to encourage understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of children with special needs and we provide informational forums for parents, educators, students, and professionals involved with children with special needs.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the SEPAC co-leaders will be Susan Littlefield and Lydia Kirchthurn. Questions or comments can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the 2018-2019 school year, BFCCPS established an English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC). All schools in the state of Massachusetts with at least 100 EL students or over 5% of the schools population are required to form an ELPAC. All parents of students who are designated English Learners (EL) or former English learners (FEL) are automatically members.
The purpose of the ELPAC is to provide input to the Director of Student Services and the Board of Trustees into the design and implementation of the school’s EL programs, to provide a forum for parents/guardians to ask questions and seek advice, and to provide resources to parents/guardians of EL students, through workshops, meetings, and other events. In addition, the ELPAC will work with the school to celebrate the many cultures and languages represented at BFCCPS, and to recognize bilingualism and multilingualism as enormous assets.
In our first year, we wrote and adopted by-laws, elected a co-chair, Ananta Kirikera, and hosted a social for current and incoming families who have other languages in the home. We are looking forward to kicking off the new school year with a Welcome Social in September. Our ELPAC meets at least three times a year (once a term).
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