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Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC february 2019

Contents

  • Co-president's Comments
  • Extended School Year: What Is It and Is Your Child Eligible?
  • Summer Camps
  • Concord Public School (K-8) Special Education Review
  • Join Us at an Upcoming Event

The cold winter months may be here, but signs of spring and the long days of summer will be on us before we know it. This leaves us with the question: What am I going to do with the kids during the summer break? So, cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and let's explore ESY, summer camps, enrichment opportunities, and a variety of local recreation programs that may just fit your child's needs and interests this summer.

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito SEPAC Co-Presidents

Extended School Year (ESY): What Is It and Is Your Child Eligible?

For some students on IEPs and 504 Plans, a long break from special education and services can result in significant regression. One possible solution is Extended School Year (ESY). ESY services are specific to your child's needs and are designed to help prevent substantial regression and/or substantial difficulty in relearning skills. The Massachusetts Department of Education's website has a Question and Answer Guide on ESY Programs which provides an overview of the basic requirements for ESY programs and regulations regarding ESY eligibility. ESY should be discussed during your IEP Team meeting. If you have questions, contact your child's Case Manager.

Summer Camp and Enrichment

There is a lot of summer fun to be had that is not connected to school but finding a camp or experience that is right for your child can be challenging. Spedchildmass.com and Access Recreation Boston have wonderful listings of camps, camp fairs, and other resources available throughout the year and throughout Massachusetts. Kidscamps.com has a search tool that allows you to search by interest, area, overnight, day, and more. STEM, special needs, adventure and arts are just some of the offerings they list. Closer to home Concord Rec has a fantastic summer camp with a ton of offerings including Camp Three Rivers Inclusion Program. Run in collaboration with Camp Three Rivers, "it strives to provide participants of all abilities with a well-equipped environment in which behavioral support, activity adaptations and friendship facilitation are the main objectives."

Concord Public School Special Education Review

On January 8, 2019 Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter presented the results of the West Ed Special Education Review of the Concord Public Schools (K-8) to the school committee. Included in the West Ed Review are their findings and recommendations. You can see Superintendent Hunter's presentation on YouTube. There will also be a Special Education Updates event on Friday, February 15. See details below.

Join us at an Upcoming Event!

  • CONCORD/CONCORD-CARLISLE SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATES hosted by Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Please join members of the K-8 administrative team including Dr. Hunter and Acting Special Education Director Marielle Wintersteen for a session to offer updates across special education. Friday, February 15, 2019 9:30 am - 11:30 am Ripley Administration Building Room 4. If you have questions for Dr. Laurie Hunter and Marielle Wintersteen, please submit these by Wednesday, February 13th to concordsepac@gmail.com. Questions and comments will be submitted anonymously.
  • On the Line: Where Sacrifice Begins Community-wide film screening hosted by the Concord and Concord-Carlisle METCO Department Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:30pm - 8pm CCHS Auditorium
  • SEPAC Board Meeting: Superintendent Laurie Hunter and Heather Bout from the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District School Committee will be in attendance to present the FY20 School Budgets and also the Concord Middle School Feasibility Study Warrant Article for Town Meeting. Thursday February 28, 2019 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm Ripley Administration Building Conf. Rm 4

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