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 Intervention &  Referral Services
(I&RS)
 
 
The I&RS Teams at East Brook, 
West Ridge and the Middle School/
High School serve to support the
needs of students who are 
experiencing some level of 
difficulty within the general 
education program.  In collaboration
with the teacher and parent, the team 
recommends intervention strategies 
designed to support the needs of the
learner.
 
What is I&RS?
The I&RS Team is a group of professional 
Educators who convene at the request of either a family or staff member for the 
purpose of determining if special interventions/strategies are needed to help the student be successful in school.
The team then recommends which interventions/strategies would be most effective.  Each team is composed of one of the student’s teachers, a case coordinator and other members as appropriate.
Parents are highly encouraged to participate as well.
 
Simply put, our mission is to assist staff with interventions/strategies that will promote increased success for at risk students.

What kinds of needs are reviewed by I&RS?
When a child experiences difficulties that
affect his or her academic progress, or has 
exhibited behavior that interferes with learning,
the teacher may request support from I&RS.  
Student difficulties may include problems responding to written or verbal information, 
organizing, focusing, and/or completing work
without constant teacher intervention.
 
How does I&RS help a teacher and student?
I&RS supports the teacher and student by 
developing an intervention plan that may 
provide alternative strategies.  The 
interventions are designed to support the 
student in achieving success within the general 
education program.
 
How are parents informed?
The teacher discusses his or her concerns with 
the student’s parents prior to requesting 
assistance from I&RS.  Once, the teacher submits
the request for assistance the assigned case
coordinator will also reach out to the parent.
 
What happens during an I&RS meeting?
Following a teacher’s submission of an I&RS request, 
a meeting of the I&RS team is scheduled. At the meeting
the teacher describes the student and the challenge.  
He or she will identify both successful and unsuccessful strategies used, as well as current efforts.  Alternative means of intervention and new approaches are suggested.  A plan of action is developed by specifying goals, strategies to be used, and the individuals responsible for each action.  A time line is established for implementing the plan and assessing its effectiveness.
 
How is follow-up provided?
The action plan is monitored by the classroom teacher and the I&RS team.  At a time specified within the plan, the I&RS team meets again to report on its success.  If a child’s needs are not being met by the initial plan, additional interventions may be suggested and modifications made to the plan.

 
Is this the same a referral for Special Education?  Under what circumstances might a referral be made to the Child
Study Team?
 
I&RS recommends actions intended to help resolve the challenge identified to prevent referral to the Child Study Team.  If the actions taken and resources used are not adequate and the problem still remains, the child’s needs may suggest referral to the Child Study Team.  Parents will participate in the decision as to whether a Child Study Team referral will be made.
 


Who serves on the I&RS team? 
 
2015-2016 members include:
 
East Brook
 
Mr. Kevin Stokes
Principal
 
Your Child’s Teacher
 
Others as Appropriate Including:  Additional Teachers,  
School Psychologist, School Nurse, LDTC, 
Speech Therapist, Social Worker
 
 
West Ridge
 
Mrs. Christine McCaffery
Principal
 
Mrs. Carrie Bianchi
School Nurse
 
Your Child’s Teacher
 
Others as Appropriate Including:  Additional Teachers,  
School Psychologist, LDTC, Speech Therapist, Social Worker
 
 
Park Ridge Middle School/High School
 
Mr. Mark Cosgrove
Assistant Principal
 
Your Child’s Guidance Counselor and Your Child’s Teacher
 
Others as Appropriate Including:  Principal, Additional Teachers,  
School Psychologist, LDTC, Speech Therapist, Social Worker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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