Virginia regulations require that each school division establish and maintain a local Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to advise the school division of issues impacting the education of students with disabilities (page 120 8VAC20-81-230-D). SEAC is a committee of parents, community agency representatives, school board members, administrators, and teachers. SEAC helps parents understand how to work with the school division and how special education can meet the needs of their child.
Meetings: SEAC meets monthly during the school year on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 pm to 9 pm (September – June, excluding December). Meetings are held at the LCPS Administration Building, 2100 Education Court, Ashburn, Virginia, Room 102. All meetings are open to the public: parents, educators, and the community. There is also a bi-annual Town Hall meeting.
SEAC Meeting Schedule for 2012-2013
September 18, 2012
Superintendent's View on Special Education
October 16, 2012
Inclusive Schools: How to Support, Develop, and Manintain Peer Mentor Programs
November 13, 2012
Autism Spectrum Disorders in Our School District: Prevalence, Projected Growth, and The Role of the Autism Coordinator
December 18, 2012
Determination of Least Restrictive Environment and ESY Participation with Non-Disabled Peers in Extracurricular Activities and Non-Academic Activities
January 15, 2013
Diploma Options/Paths: Including New Provisions for Students with Disabilities Due to the Elimination of the Modified Standard Diploma
February 19, 2013
Family Life Education (FLE) and the Special Education Student
March 19, 2013
The Hidden Curriculum and Other Social Skills Program
April 16, 2013
Student Led IEP's: I'm Determined
May 21, 2013
Behavior Support and Modifications in the General Education Environment
What We Do:
- Advise LCPS of the unmet needs of students with disabilities;
- Assist LCPS in the development of long-range plans, which will provide needed services for children with disabilities;
- Submit reports and recommendations regarding the education of students with disabilities to the school board; and
- Review annually the LCPS updated special education plan and application for federal funding.
How We Do It:
- Provide informative presentations about special education for caregivers, parents, and professionals at our monthly meetings;
Invite Public Comment at each monthly meeting to provide input on systemic issues and respond to the input by or in conjunction with LCPS staff;
SEAC members meet with the school administrators and the school board;
Provide timely information via the SEAC website;
Recognize special educators at our June meeting;
Collaborate with elementary, middle, and high school PTA's through our SEAC PTA Liaison representative;
Host a bi-annual Town Hall Meeting to receive input from parents and caregivers which assists SEAC to assess the needs of LCPS students with disabilities; and
SEAC subcommittees that address specific areas of concern that have been identified such as transitions, inclusion, reading, and eligibility/identification.
How Can SEAC Help You? SEAC will help you to better understand how to work with the school system and how special education meets the needs of students with disabilities.
Need More Information? Click here for more information or to find out how you can participate in SEAC. Also, parents may contact Katrina Foard, Vice President: email@example.com.
Please Note: The PTA is looking for a SEAC Representative that will be able to attend the SEAC monthly meetings and report on those meetings at our monthly PTA Meetings. If you are interested in becoming a SEAC Representative, please contact: Katrina Foard, Vice President at: firstname.lastname@example.org