(Intervention and Referral Services )
Who serves on the I&RS committee?
Permanent members include the principal, school counselor, school nurse, teachers, and CST members.
When may a teacher refer a student to I&RS?
A teacher may refer a student when he/she is concerned about a student's lack of progress in any area. The teacher requests help from the I&RS committee to help in finding more ways to help this student achieve success.
What kinds of difficulties may a student have when a teacher seeks out an I&RS referral?
Students can have a variety of difficulties such as academic, emotional, organizational, or other. For example, a student may have difficulties writing a paragraph, forming sentences, focusing, completing work, anger management, or other. These difficulties range from student to student and so do the interventions that are put into place after the meeting.
What is the goal of I&RS?
To help students achieve by working collaboratively with a team of professionals in the school and parents. We also utilize the RTI (Response To Intervention) model to uncover interventions that would help students.
How are parents informed?
Teachers will discuss concerns with parents prior to referring a student to I&RS. Once the teacher has sent out the referral, a member of I&RS committee will send home a letter, with date and time of meeting, so that parents may attend. A printed agenda is given to teachers and staff prior to meeting that allows teachers to be aware of time and date of the meeting.
What happens during an I&RS meeting?
All parties are invited to attend the meeting and the teacher will start by discussing her concerns about the student. Following this, the committee, along with parents, sit and discuss the student's difficulties and brainstorm strategies that can be used to help. A plan is established for helping the student and timelines are set, to see when the student will be reviewed.