MTSS / I&RS

Intervention and Referral Services/Multi-Tiered System of Supports 2020-2021

The Intervention and Referral Services Committee designs and monitors the implementation of strategies for educating non-classified students. Assistance is requested primarily due to difficulties that these students are experiencing in their classes.  The Committee coordinates and/or delivers intervention and referral services for these children, drawing from the information provided by the classroom teacher, parents and expertise of the members of the team. Utilizing MTSS, we follow a process of systematically documenting the performance of students as evidence of the need for additional services after making changes in classroom instruction. 
MTSS/I&RS Committee membership includes:

Tracey Salerno, Chairperson

Nicolette Perna, Assistant Principal

Debbie Bajakian      Alana De Costa     Keri Nick Pete Scanlan

Thanassi Haralambopoulos Donnie Merritts            Kerry De Lalla   Chris Shaffsick 

Committee Focus

MTSS/I&RS is a school-based problem-solving group, providing support and guidance to classroom teachers, planning and providing for appropriate interventions for referred pupils and communicating with parents in the development and implementation of a Student Action Plan.  MTSS/I&RS also attempts to monitor the larger academic and social climate of the school by discussing issues of attendance, health and social problems, marking period reports, student promotion and/or retention and other relevant concerns of staff and parents. Members of MTSS/I&RS function collaboratively, capitalizing on the strengths of the team. MTSS/ I&RS has been developed to assist non-handicapped pupils who have difficulty achieving success in regular education.

Before A Student is Referred to MTSS/I&RS

1. Track how frequently, and in what circumstances, the problem is occurring.  

2. Provide opportunities for the student to learn the material in a different setting, to discern the student’s changes in attitude or response.

3. Bring the problem to the attention of the Guidance Office and/or Child Study Team.

4. Have a personal or telephone conference with the parent(s) and physical meeting with a guidance counselor, at least once, to describe the problem and define your concerns.  5. Alert the parent to the need for an MTSS/I&RS request for assistance.

Referring to MTSS/I&RS After communicating directly with Tracey Salerno, complete a Request for MTSS/I&RS Assistance google form. This serves to provide the team with educational/social/emotional/medical information as available.
Follow-up The MTSS/I&RS Team exists to propose strategies for implementation by the classroom teacher and support staff.  Responsibility for follow-up will be assigned to the case coordinator on our MTSS/I&RS committee, and to the classroom teacher.  It is important that interventions be documented and reviewed after 4 weeks. Teachers need to maintain communication with the student’s case coordinator on MTSS/I&RS regarding the impact of interventions on the child’s learning and behavior.