Purpose and Mission
Currently, SEAC meetings will be held in person and 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.
As part of a collaborative partnership with Anoka-Hennepin, the SEAC provides tools and resources to help guardians of children receiving special education services and the district work together for the continuous growth of special education services.
Our Committee’s vision is to:
- Advise and Advocate for high quality special education programming throughout the district through the lens of a guardian/parent.
- Promote, educate and share resources between family, school, and community
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.
Anoka-Hennepin Special Education HandbookThe Special Education Department has worked with our Parent Advisory Committee to assemble important information for families regarding the special education process in our district. For lots of great information, please explore our Anoka-Hennepin Special Education Handbook. We have the Handbook available in multiple languages.