Each district board of education is required to establish and implement a coordinated system for the planning and delivery of intervention and referral services that are designed to assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior, or health difficulties and to assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students' learning, behavior, or health needs in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A: 16-8.1 and 6A: 16-8.2. Each district board of education must adopt the appropriate multidisciplinary team approach for planning and delivering the services required under N.J.A.C. 6A: 16-8.
Students who are experiencing learning, behavior, or health difficulties may be referred to the Hainesport Township School's Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Team. When a student has been identified as making minimal academic progress and/or displays behavior that interferes with his or her emotional or social well being, the teacher may request support from I&RS. Although classroom teachers routinely differentiate instruction to address students' needs in the classroom, a teacher may request services from the I&RS Team when a particular student continues to have difficulties despite these efforts.
The I&RS Team supports the teacher and student by developing an action plan that may provide alternative strategies, interventions, programs, and/or assessments. The interventions outlined in the action plan are designed to support the student in achieving success within the regular education program. Interventions in the general education setting shall be provided to students exhibiting academic difficulties and shall be utilized, as appropriate, prior to referring a student for an evaluation of eligibility for special education and related services.
The Hainesport Township School I&RS Team focuses on the concept of collaboration as the foundation for planning, organizing, and implementing programs of intervention and referral services. The I&RS Team is comprised of a group of multidisciplinary professionals from the school and community who meet to develop action plans that determine measurable goals, outline strategies for implementation, and identify data to be collected to measure effectiveness. The I&RS Team continues to meet to review and assess the effectiveness of the provisions of each intervention and referral services action plan in achieving the outcomes identified in each action plan and modify each action plan to achieve the outcomes, as appropriate. Parent/guardian input is important and is encouraged throughout the process.
For additional information regarding Intervention and Referral Services, please contact building principal, Ms. Lauren Salls, at 609-267-1316 ext. 209.