Purpose and Mission
SEAC Update (2020-21 School Year)
Due to the current federal and state emergency declarations and in guidance about limiting person-to-person contact due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Anoka-Hennepin Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) will be meeting virtually.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District Special Education Advisory Council, SEAC (pronounced "seek") is a partnership between the school district and parents/guardians of Anoka-Hennepin students with disabilities. The SEAC is mandated by the state to advise the District on policy and planning through the Director of Special Education.
What does the State of MN say regarding SEAC?
Minnesota statute requires each school district in the state to have a special education advisory council (SEAC). Review 125A.24 Parent Advisory Councils statute.
In order to increase the involvement of parents of children with disabilities in district policymaking and decision making, school districts must have a special education advisory council that is incorporated into the district's special education system plan.
This advisory council may be established either for individual districts or in cooperation with other districts who are members of the same special education cooperative.
A district may set up this council as a subgroup of an existing board, council, or committee.
- At least half of the designated council members must be parents of students with a disability. When a nonpublic school is located in the district, the council must include at least one member who is a parent of a nonpublic school student with a disability, or an employee of a nonpublic school if no parent of a nonpublic school student with a disability is available to serve. Each local council must meet no less than once each year. The number of members, frequency of meetings, and operational procedures are to be locally determined.