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UPDATE: District to Hold Meeting for Parents in Response to Sandy Hook Shooting

The Parent Advisory Committee meeting, which was originally going to be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, for parents of special needs students will be rescheduled

The school district’s Parent Advisory Committee meeting for parents of special needs students will be rescheduled as a forum will now be held for all parents and guardians on the Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 26 lives.

All parents are invited to the community forum, Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower said. Expert speakers including Brower, Cpt. David Paprota, school psychologist and social workers will be discussing the district’s response to crisis and emergency management.

Michael Maschi, Director of the Office of Special Services, will be presenting on the “Seven C’s of Resilience,” Brower said. This will provide parents with ideas of how to work with their children during this time.

There will also be a segment for parents of special needs children on dealing with a crisis.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Lacey Middle School’s Media Center.

The Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be rescheduled.

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Original story:

The school district’s Parent Advisory Committee will be having its first meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Lacey Middle School’s Media Center.

“The Parent Advisory Committee idea is one that is grounded in special education code and is a wonderful vehicle to promote access and communication,” said Michael Maschi, Director of the Office of Special Services.

The Parent Advisory Committee, a new group coordinated by the school district, will provide an opportunity to parents of special education parents to unite with school staff and the administration of the Office of Special Services, which will offer advice and support, Director Michael Maschi said.

“Our goal is to work closely with parents of special needs children so that we can develop common goals and share a mission, focused primarily on the educational health and well being of our special education students,” he said.

The Committee’s focus will be on contemporary issues that parents, teachers, students and administration face while promoting the needs of Lacey’s special education students, he said.

Child Study team members will be available at the meetings to provide information regarding special education, he said.

Tuesday’s meeting will concentrate on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the children, he said.

“We knew this was something we had to do,” Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower said of the creation of the committee. “We’re excited to do it. Sometimes when a parent goes through the process of learning a child has special needs, it’s concerning and confusing.”

The group, an advocacy educational program, will outreach to parents of special need students needs by providing networking with professionals, resources and support.

Pamela Brown ♥ December 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:13-1.2(h) states that: Each board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities. EFFECTIVE: September 5, 2006 ,Amended Effective: December 6, 2010 http://www.nj.gov/education/code/current/title6a/chap14.pdf
Megan December 17, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Seems long overdue I would say

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