WHAT IS INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL SERVICES?
Intervention and Referral Services, also known to many as I&RS, is an interdisciplinary team of professionals within the school environment who come together throughout the school year to formulate coordinated services and team delivery systems to address the full range of student learning, behavior, social, and health problems in the general education program as well as for students determined in need of special education programs and services. The goal of the committee is to see student improvement in targeted areas.
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER USING THE I&RS COMMITTEE?
The team process increases the chance of accurate assessment of the issues and provides a large repertoire of strategies because the team is composed of educational professionals with diverse training, experience and backgrounds.
Many teachers come to the committee after trying multiple interventions to address the area of concern. Therefore, the team is responsible to think in new and creative ways to resolve both typical and atypical learning, behavior, social and health problems.
The actions plans developed during an I&RS meeting to address the problem by identifying supports and strategies for both the teacher and the child to use.
The I&RS process yields descriptive documentation to support whether a child may require additional services outside of general education programming
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN I&RS MEETING WITH THE TEACHER?
Following a teacher’s submission of an I&RS request to the vice principal and coordinator, the teacher is invited to discuss the problem with the I&RS Committee at a meeting scheduled during the school day. At that time, 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 specifying the 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 Committee. At a time specified within the plan, the teacher meets with I&RS committee once again to report on its success. If the child’s needs are not being met by the initial plan, additional interventions may be suggested and modifications made to the plan.