The Intervention and Referral Service Process

The Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) Process
"The first step in the referral process"

What is I&RS?

The Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) team serves as a resource for teachers and is an integral part of the pre-referral process. I&RS members typically include, but are not limited to, the school principal, nurse, counselor, CST members, and teachers. The purpose of the I&RS team is to address any possible concerns teachers may have regarding their students’ academic, social, or emotional functioning. Based on data collection, the I&RS team develops case-specific strategies for use in regular education classrooms. Teachers then implement these strategies and monitor progress. If the strategies are not effective, they may be revised or, if it is suspected that the student is potentially educationally disabled, a referral will be made to the Child Study Team.

Who can make a referral to I&RS?
Parents can request their child be brought before the I&RS team. They would do this by contacting the child’s teacher or principal. Teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators can also refer a student to I&RS.

*Parents are always notified if their child is referred to I&RS.  Parents can always request a CST evaluation before, during, or after the I&RS process.  Written requests for CST evaluations should be director to the Director of Special Education.