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What is AAPAC?

The Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC) is a group of parents and guardians whose focus is on supporting children in AAPS who have IEPs or 504 Plans.

Our Executive Committee members and individual Building Representatives and Alternates provide parents and guardians with a helping hand to go to anytime with questions.

Here is the AAPAC Brochure.

The Executive Director of SISS is Dr. Marianne Fidishin. You can reach SISS at 734 994-2318, or check their SISS Staff page for more ways to reach them. Here is the organization chart that gives you some info about who to contact about what.

Here is the AAPAC Committee Report that Mary Duerksen gave to the Board of Education on June 28, 2017.  It gives a thorough description of what AAPAC does.

Here is an IEP Team Contact Form for a parent or guardian to keep track of the names and contact information for their child’s IEP service providers.  You can take it to IEP meetings to note service providers for the next school year, or to ask the special education teacher or case manager at the start of new school year. For contact information for SISS Assistant Directors, go to www.a2schools.org/Page/8746. For AAPAC Building Representatives, go to a2pac.wordpress.com/current-reps/.

Here is the 2018-2019 list of self-contained special ed classrooms by building.


2020-2021 Meeting Calendar

  • Monday September 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. – parent meeting and AAPAC board elections via ZOOMThe Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC, the district-wide group for families of students with IEPs and 504s) typically elects board officers each June, to serve for one year. You may recall that because of the pandemic, we voted to delay board elections until September.

    We are emailing for three reasons: 1) to explain the roles and responsibilities of executive board members and building representatives, so you can consider nominating yourself; 2) to share the process of self-nomination; and 3) to let you know about the special September board election.

    1. HOW CAN I HELP?

    AAPAC Board roles and responsibilities

    The AAPAC Board has a variety of responsibilities and functions. We coordinate monthly parent meetings, conduct outreach to other parents and caregivers, coordinate and support AAPAC building representatives to provide information to parents at the building level, meet regularly with district leadership, provide reports to the Board of Education, and meet internally to set our agenda for the year. Board members can participate in a way that makes sense for them and for the board.

    We are hoping to expand the Board from 3 members to 6 members this year.  Once the Board is established, we work together to divide responsibilities based on members’ skills, interests, and capacity. Each board member should be prepared to commit 10-25 hours per month to AAPAC responsibilities. We are specifically looking for people with the following interests/skills: parent meeting coordination and hosting, notetaking, parent outreach, graphic design and advertising, and listserv management.

    If you are curious and want to learn more about what serving on the board might entail, please meet current board members for a masked, physically-distanced conversation at Esch Park (on Esch Ave, between King George and Pine Valley) on Monday, September 14 from 4-5 pm. If you can’t make it to Esch Park on Monday, please feel free to email the current AAPAC Board with any questions, aapacexecboard@groups.io.

    Also, if you want to serve the AAPAC community but can’t commit to the whole school year and/or don’t have 10-25 hours available per month, PLEASE still let us know what skills you have! (or if you aren’t sure, let us know that, too) Once we have the year rolling we can assign specific tasks – many hands make light work and we would LOVE to have small-project volunteers!!! Again, our email address is aapacexecboard@groups.io.

    Building Representative roles and responsibilities: If you have a child in AAPS who receives special education services through an IEP or disability accommodations through a 504 plan, you can serve as a point of contact for your building administration and parents. At a minimum, Building Reps should be available for emails and/or phone calls from families in your building with questions – you might be asked to help answer questions or help direct parents to the right person to get their question answered. We also hope that Building Reps can attend monthly AAPAC Parent meetings or find other ways to provide building-level feedback to the AAPAC Board. In addition to those base-responsibilities, we welcome new ideas for how to connect with parents in your building. We are looking forward to continuing to build SISS parent networks! If you have any questions before committing to be a building representative, please feel free to send an email to Marci Sukenic at aapacexecboard@groups.io.

    2. SELF-NOMINATIONS

    AAPAC Board: To nominate yourself to serve on the board, please send an email to aapacexecboard@groups.io by Thursday, September 18 with the following information.

    1. Age(s) of your child(ren) with IEP/504
    2. Best contact number and email address
    3. A brief statement regarding your interest in the Exec Committee
    4. If you could improve one aspect of your student’s AAPS experience, what would it be?

    Please also plan to attend the September 21 election meeting and present your statement there.

    Building Rep: To volunteer to serve as a building representative, please email us at aapacexecboard@groups.io with the school(s) you would like to represent and your preferred contact information (email, phone, one or both?).

    3. SPECIAL SEPTEMBER BOARD ELECTION

    We will hold an election for the 2020-2021 board member positions on September 21 at 7:00 pm via virtual meeting. The election process should not last that long, but of course this depends on how many candidates we have. Please save the date. We will send the meeting notice and Zoom invitation in a separate email.

    We look forward to your continued participation in AAPAC!

    2019-20 Board Members:
    Melissa Epstein
    Kate Wright
    Marci Sukenic

Last updated September 9, 2020