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Special Education & Student Services

Dear Families & Advocates,

Welcome to the Office of Special Education & Student Services of the Somerset Public Schools.

The referral of your child to the Office of Special Education & Student Services may be a new and unsettling experience. We hope that you will find any member of our department ready to openly listen and communicate, provide you with information, and answer any questions that you may have about the process.

Quality programming for students with disabilities requires continuous planning, support, and participation of the home and school. We look forward to working with you as a member of the Team to provide a happy and successful school experience for your child.

The information available on this website was prepared to provide you with information on a variety of topics that may be of interest, as well as opportunities to seek further information which can be customized to your needs. We hope you find it helpful as we work cooperatively as a team to provide quality education for children with disabilities in Somerset.

We welcome your input, comments, and questions, and thank you in advance for your support.

Megan Ashton, Director of Special Education

Please click here to learn more about our programs and services: Special Education Programs and Services

During the 2022-2023 school year Somerset and Somerset Berkley Regional School Districts participated in a Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM) review conducted by the Department's Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM). The purpose of the TFM review is to monitor compliance with regulatory requirements focusing on special education and civil rights. The districts received the Final Report on October 12 and it can be viewed here:   Tiered Focused Monitoring Final Report Somerset & Somerset Berkley


Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

SEPAC is composed of parents of children who have special needs who want to help other families facing similar challenges. The Council also advises the school committees about the education and wellbeing of their students with disabilities.
Important sepac dates for the 2023-2024 school year

Important sepac dates for the 2023-2024 school year

  • September: Welcome back! SEPAC board members attend various open houses and popsicle nights
  • October 12, 2023 7-9pm: Federation For Children with Special Needs workshop: Basic Rights, Understanding the IEP virtual workshop
  • November: no events yet
  • December 2 from 11-3: Candy Cane fundraiser at Anawan Farm (rain date December 3)
  • January: Children’s Advocacy Center: topic Digital Responsibility (date TBD)
  • February: restaurant fundraiser (dates and location TBD)
  • March: Dyslexia and Assistive Technology, various presenters (date TBD)
  • April: presentation by Jan Randall from the CAR program (date TBD), hybrid
  • May: Mental Health/ social emotional (date TBD)
  • June: year in review, board member voting
We are looking forward to another great year! If you have any questions feel free to reach us at, our website:,