WHAT IS INTERVENTION & REFERRAL SERVICES?
The Williamstown High School Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) is an interdisciplinary committee of professional staff members created to provide teachers with strategies for helping “at risk” students. Areas of concern may include academics, behavioral, medical, or social issues. I&RS regularly monitors the progress of students and recommends changes in strategies if necessary.
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED FOR I&RS?
Any staff member may refer students to I&RS by using a referral form obtained in the Main Office. Parents may request that their son or daughter be reviewed by I&RS. They can initiate a referral by contacting a member of the team, the child’s guidance counselor or vice-principal. Self-referral forms are also available for students who feel the need for help. These forms can be found in the Main Office, the Guidance Office, or the WigWam.
WHAT DOES I&RS DO FOR A STUDENT?
Once a student is identified, the I&RS team will review the referral, meet with the student and contact other appropriate people involved with the student. Strategies will be developed to help teachers assist this student. The I&RS team will review the students progress regularly and change helping strategies as necessary. If after several strategies have been in place and the student’s academic performance and/or behavior merit a formal evaluation, the I&RS team may refer the student to the Child Study Team.