What is I&RS?
Intervention and Referral Services
Frequently Asked Questions
By the New Jersey Administrative Code, all school districts have this service.
The code is as follows:
6A:16-8.1 Establishment of intervention and referral services
(a) District boards of education shall establish and implement a coordinated system in each school building 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. District boards of education shall choose the appropriate multidisciplinary team approach for planning and delivering the services required under this subchapter.
What is the purpose of I&RS?
Who can make an I&RS Referral?
What takes place at an I&RS meeting?
Issues which may be discussed:
Academic failure/lack of progress, Health issues, Behavior Issues, Social & Emotional issues
If you are contacted by an I&RS Committee member to attend a meeting:
Your participation as the child’s parent/guardian is important to allow for the most effective and informed process to help your child. You are invited to attend/provide input, and should contact your child’s guidance counselor to make them aware of your ability to attend the meeting.
What types of recommendations are made by the I&RS Committee?
Recommendations may range from in-class accommodations, such as seat changes, extra time on assignments, bathroom or snack breaks, focusing cues, positive reinforcement strategies, study guides, etc., to more intensive recommendations, such as a Section 504 Plan or referral to the Child Study Team for full evaluation.