SEPAG

Special Education Parent Advisory Group

The Gateway Group has organized a Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) as a forum to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities. We welcome the participation of all parents.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND SEPAG?

  • Anyone with a student or students in the Gateway Group (Gateway, National Park, Wenonah, Westville, Woodbury Heights) with different learning needs, whether physical, emotional or behavioral.
  • Anyone with a student or students eligible for receiving services under an IEP or 504 plan.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SEPAG?

  • To provide direct input on the policies, programs, and practices that impact services and supports for children with disabilities and their families.
  • To increase the involvement of families of children with special needs in making recommendations on special education policy.
  • To advise on matters that pertain to the education, health and safety of children with special needs.
  • To advise on unmet needs of children with disabilities.

WHY GET INVOLVED?
There is a significant statistical relationship between the level of family involvement and improved outcomes for children and young adults. (Parent Reaching Out, 2006) Special Education Parent Advisory Groups are required for all school districts in the state of NJ. The purpose of these groups is to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their districts on critical issues.

WHAT HAPPENS AT SEPAG MEETINGS?

  • Concerns related to a group of students are shared and discussed with Kristy Green, Director of Special Services for the Gateway Group. Mrs. Green serves as the liaison from the SEPAG to the Superintendents within the group.
  • Mrs. Green will provide updates related to Special Services in the Gateway School Districts and at the State and National Levels.
  • Parents will have adequate time to discuss issues among themselves and plan the agenda for the next meeting.
  • Speakers, other District Representatives, and Individual Staff members may be invited based upon the needs of the members of the committee.

Please note that this is NOT the forum for a discussion about individual students or your child’s IEP. Topics are limited to those that impact all students or a group of students. If you have concerns that you would like to share with the Director of Special Services prior to a meeting, or a specific concern about your child’s program, please contact Kristy Green at 848-8200 x 221.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION PRESCHOOL PROGRAM CHILD FIND
A wide variety of special education programs are available for students between the ages of 3 and 21 who require specialized instruction and/or related services such as speech/language services, occupational therapy and physical therapy in order to meet their educational needs. Educational program options include: instruction in a regular class with all the necessary and appropriate supports, supplemental instruction, resource center programs, special class programs within the school district, special education programs in out-of-district public or private schools, individual instruction at home, in medical institutions or other appropriate facilities.

The Preschool Disabled Program provides appropriate educational experiences for youngsters between the ages of 3 and 5 who experience developmental delays in the areas of speech and language, motor development, cognition and/or social/emotional functioning.  The school district offers an educational program and related services at no cost to parents. The children are placed according to individual needs and developmental levels. In the preschool programs, they are encouraged to explore new materials, develop emerging skills, and interact in a social setting.  Speech/language therapy and occupational therapy are offered as an integral part of the classroom program and/or on an individual basis as needed. If warranted, other services such as physical therapy may be initiated.

If you have any questions about either of the programs described above and feel that your child may require services, please call the Director of Special Services for the Gateway Group, Mrs. Kristy Green, at (856) 848-8200, ext. 221.