Our JML SEAC Representative, Jennifer Gauvreau, has provided the following notes regarding the October SEAC meeting and upcoming events. For more information, please contact Jennifer at SEAC@jmlpta.org.1. Information was shared at the October SEAC meeting regarding the recent LCPS school board resolution and call to action for “Disability History and Awareness Month." The resolution, in part, provides that “WHEREAS, all LCPS students with disabilities need, deserve, and have the potential to excel by receiving support, understanding, acceptance and being meaningfully included in the life of their school community” ..." SEAC is asking for each school to post the resolution publicly and make plans for special events related to Disability Awareness Month.2. October is also Dyslexia Awareness month — SEAC encouraged teachers, administrators, and students to wear red on 10/15 in support of dyslexia awareness.3. Parent Resource Services (PRS) [https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices] has released their calendar of events; they will provide 44 workshops throughout the school year. All workshops are held at the LCPS Admininstration building in Ashburn (except for the Mental Health & Wellness Seminars). Parents can register for the sessions through the PRS website.October events are as follows:Mental Health and Wellness Conference* Navigating the Path to Student Wellness
Saturday, October 13, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (Briarwoods High School, Ashburn)
* Bullying Behaviors and Cyberbulling
Thursday, October 25th from 6:30-8:30 pm
PRS Special Education Workshops Series
* Specialized Reading Instruction
October 10th from 9-11 am OR October 16th from 6-8 pm (identical info at both)
* Executive Functioning
October 24th from 9-11 am OR October 30th from 6-8 pm (identical info at both)4. The Performing Arts program at Rock Ridgewood High School will perform a Relaxed Performance of their Fall "Shrek The Musical" production that will be offered on 10/27 at 11 am. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.rrpa.booktix.com.*Relaxed Performances are specially adjusted sensory-friendly shows, designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming, judgement-free, and inclusive of children and families with a wide range of sensory, learning, and communication differences, including, but not limited to individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as young children and anyone who might benefit from this relaxed environment.
Anyone needing accommodations for a disability to attend or participate in an LCPS activity should call (571) 252-1011. Calls should be made five days prior to the activity when possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made. If LCPS schools close for weather or other reasons, there will be no SEAC meeting.More information and links to register can be found online at http://lcps.org/ParentResourceServices
Special Education Advisory Committee
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) works with the School Board, administrators, parents and teachers who are responsible for students receiving special education services.What SEAC Does:
* Advise LCPS of the 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:
* Informative presentations for parents and educators at the monthly meetings;
* Recognition for Excellence in Supporting Special Education Awards Program.
* Invites each school to appoint a SEAC 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. The next Town Hall will be held in the Spring of 2015.When Are SEAC Meetings?
Meetings are held from 7pm to 9pm at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices, 2100 Education Court, Ashburn. There is a presentation at each meeting of interest to parents, staff, and educators. Please check the website at www.lcps.org, click “parents”, then select "Special Education Advisory Committee" to view the current meeting and presentation schedule or click here.Parents are encouraged to reach out to the Parent Resource Center, www.lcps.org/prc, to learn about upcoming programs and workshops of interest to the disability community and to seek information about LCPS special education programs and services. This is a wonderful parent resource and parents are urged to utilize the PRC.
J. Michael Lunsford SEAC Representative: Jennifer Gauvreau (SEAC@jmlpta.org)
The representative will provide monthly updates in the PTA newsletter alerting you to events and activities of special interest to the JML disability community. Additionally, JML hosts quarterly parent coffees on valuable topics for parents of students with IEPs, 504s, and/or in the Child Study process.
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