What is I&RS?
Intervention and Referral Services
Frequently Asked Questions


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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?
  • Identify learning, behavior and health difficulties of students.
  • Collect thorough information on the identified learning, behavior, and health difficulties.
  • Develop and implement action plans and Section 504 plans which provide for appropriate school interventions or referrals to school and community resources, based on the collected data and desired outcomes for the identified learning, behavior, and health difficulties.
  • Provide support and guidance to school staff that identify learning, behavior, and health difficulties. Provide support and guidance to school staff that participate in each building's system for planning and providing intervention and referral services.
  • Actively involve parents or guardians in the development and implementation of an intervention and referral services action plan.

Who can make an I&RS Referral?
  • I&RS referrals most often come from a teacher or guidance counselor. However, parents may make an I&RS Referral.
  • All referral forms are to be submitted to the student’s guidance counselor and then forwarded on to the I&RS Committee. Forms may be obtained from your child’s guidance counselor or from the school website under the guidance/I&RS tab

What takes place at an I&RS meeting?
  • Meetings are held weekly.
  • Committees meet with teachers and other staff who have made referrals and have requested assistance from the team.
  • New Action Plans are created for new referrals and are done so by incorporating suggestions from parents, teachers, and other staff.
  • Students previously referred are discussed; progress or lack of progress is noted; recommendations are made for changes, if any, to existing Action Plans.
  • Child Study Team recommendations discussed, if necessary.
  • Section 504 Plans are written and reviewed, if necessary.

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.