Here is our monthly General Meeting Flyer. See you at the meeting and Bring a Friend.
Parents/Guardians of Children with Special Needs
There are more than 11,300 children on IEPs in the Boston Public School System (BPS). We need to work together to have a collective voice on special education issues. The BPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SpedPac) invites you to attend our General Meeting:
When: Thursday May 22 - 7-9pm
Where: May Location English High School
144 McBride St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The fair will host these organizations that provide valuable resources
and services for children, young adults and beyond:
Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL)
Lurie Center for Autism and ASPIRE
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester & South Boston
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Easter Seals of MA
United Cerebral Palsy
Children’s Family Services of Roxbury
BPS Community Based Health Initiative (CBHI)
UMass Medical Center/Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Programs
MFA Beyond the Spectrum Art Program
Boston Medical Center Autism Program
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Jewish Vocational Services
Boston SpedPac Officer and Executive Board Elections
A short Board Election for incoming Officer and Executive Board positions will take place at 7pm before the Resource Fair.
Please consider running for a position so that we may continue our work as a collective voice in supporting over 11,000 children with special needs in the Boston Public Schools.
We Need Your Support!
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Here is the video from our 3-27-14 Workshop on Transition Services
Transition Services Workshop for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Sponsored by Boston SpedPac in partnership with the Boston Public Schools
Guest Presenters – Pamela Coveney, Attorney – Disability Law Center
Erica Sandlin, Transition Specialist – BPS
Meg Stone, Director – IMPACT: Ability
Glenn Gabbard, ICE Coordinator – Executive Office of Education (MA)
Johanne Pino – MAC
NOTICE TO PARENTS ABOUT EXTENDED YEAR SERVICES (“ESY”) Feb. 2014
You have or will receive a notice from BPS about summer services for your child with a disabilities these ESY services are determined by the Team annually. The District plans to have a 5 week program this summer, in part, due to the fact that the 2014-2015 school year will begin on September 3rd, since Labor Day is September 1st, and the District needs time to prepare the school buildings after ESY and before school re-opens in September.
While a 5 week program may be acceptable to most parents/guardians for this summer and BPS has represented to SpedPac that this is not a permanent decision, SpedPac is informing you of your right to reject a proposed change from a 5 week ESY program, and to invoke your “stay put” rights to a 6 week ESY program, if that is what you child had last year. Please note this right does not apply to you if your child’s IEP did not include the ESY program last year or if your child has not been found eligible for ESY services.
If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please join us at our next general SpedPac meeting at 7pm on Thursday, February 27th, at the Campbell Resource Center, where we will have a Basic Rights workshop for parents and guardians of children with special needs in BPS
Updated on August 29, 2013
Where’s My School Bus? http://schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org
Real-time school bus locations anytime, anywhere.
Where’s My School Bus makes real-time bus information available online for parents and guardians in Boston Public Schools. Your student’s bus is displayed on a detailed map, showing both its recent and current location. Waiting at the stop for a late bus? Blizzard got traffic moving at a crawl? Use your smartphone or computer to instantly check the bus location. Tracking your student’s bus has never been easier, faster or more accurate.
To register, simply to go http://schoolbus.bostonpublicschools.org and
Enter your last name,
your students’ ID number,
and your students’ date of birth.
We are the Boston Public Schools Special Education Parents Advisory Council. The purpose of Boston SpedPac is to provide a voice and give support for parents and guardians of children with special needs. We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, council made up exclusively of parent volunteers. We work with the Boston Public Schools system to ensure that children get the services and support they need to develop to their full potential. All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. The more voices we have, the more we can accomplish.
We need your help. The more people get involved, the more we can do.
John St. Amand