Understanding Referral Services

The purpose of the team is to assist regular education students experiencing learning, behavior or health difficulties.  The members of the team include the elementary school counselor, student assistance counselor, school nurse, school psychologist, school administrator and teachers. The referral process for students experiencing academic, behavioral, emotional, health, speech/language or listening difficulties, within the school setting which is having an impact on the students’ educational performance, is as follows:

 

Regular education studentsthe teacher or parent may refer the student to the I&RS Team, according to NJAC 6A:16-7.1. The referral form must be completed by the teacher or staff member and submitted to Nancy Sanders, MES Counselor. The parent will be contacted to schedule a meeting with the I&RS team.  A pupil accommodation plan will be developed with the least restrictive interventions.  These may include, but not be limited to classroom modifications, health assessments, and referrals for other services.  Student progress will bemonitored for 6-8 weeks at which time modifications will continue, if effective.  If ineffective, new interventions may be determined or further evaluation recommended.

 

 

Intervention and Referral Services Team (I&RS) the purpose of the team is to assist regular education students experiencing learning, behavior or health difficulties. The members of the team include the elementary school counselor, student assistance counselor, school nurse, school psychologist, school administrator and teachers
 
 
Pupil Accommodation Plan – Created by the I&RS Team, this document provides classroom modifications, school and community interventions or referrals to school and community resources. These might include the peer program, tutoring, Basic Skills Program, health assessments, etc.
 
Speech – direct referral for speech evaluation can be received for the areas of articulation impairment, fluency, or voice disorders.
 

Child Study Team Evaluation– when a student is suspected of having a specific learning disability where there is a severe discrepancy between achievement and ability that is not correctable without special education and related services. According to NJAC 6A:14, a referral for a student for whom a language disability is suspected must be forwarded to the child study team.This referral is made by the I&RS team if the student continues to exhibit severe academic difficulties (after the I&RS team has monitored and attempted all possible interventions).
 
 

Child Study Team– is responsible for identification, evaluation and determination of eligibility and develops and reviews an individualized education program and placement.  Members of the CST include a school psychologist, LDTC (Learning Disability Consultant), school social worker and speech/language therapist.

 

 

 IEP An Individualized Education Plan is a written plan developed by the CST according to NJAC 6A:14-2.3 which sets forth present levels of performance, measurable annual goals and short-term objectives in an integrated and sequential program of individually designed instructional activities and related services necessary to achieve the stated goals and objectives.