WCL Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)
All parents, guardians, teachers and members of the Woodcliff Lake community are encouraged to attend
SEPAC events. Your child does not have to have an IEP, 504 or be in special education for you to participate
and benefit from SEPAC events and activities.
Who We Are
We are a group of parents and educators working together to help children with special educational needs in Woodcliff Lake and provide support for their families. In response to a New Jersey state mandate, the group formed during the 2006-2007 school year.
Our Mission and Goals
The Woodcliff Lake Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) works for the understanding of, respect for and support of all children with special needs in our community.
To that end, the WCL SEPAC will work to:
- Promote a network of parents of children with special needs in our district and throughout the region and provide a forum to share information.
- Provide a series of informational meetings on topics of interest for families of students who receive special education and/or educational support services.
- Facilitate communication between parents and educators of students with special needs.
- Promote and support an innovative educational environment where children with special needs have equal access to educational opportunities and a school and community environment where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential.
- Promote the inclusion of our children with special needs in extra-curricular activities.
School records and information related to students with special educational needs is strictly confidential, and the WCL SEPAC does not have access to it. We advertise our event and speakers to the entire school community via the Thursday TIPS e-mail. In addition, the office of Special Services can send fliers directly to every family of a child with special needs via their confidential mailing list.
Voluntary Parent-to-Parent Network
In order to promote a stronger parent-to-parent network, we would like to create our own contact list. Our hope is to create a resource list of families who are willing to share information about a particular topic, so if inquiries are made we can point the family to someone who has some experience. Topics might include information on a specific disability, inclusion/mainstreaming, existing support groups in our area, play groups, sports and camp opportunities, after-school activities and programs that are welcoming to children with special needs, helpful websites, etc.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jean Marie Haworth, Parent Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.