Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS)

Federal, state and district guidelines have clearly established that the primary mission of schools is to improve student achievement in an environment that maintains and ensures the safety of all students and staff. The effectiveness of public education in fulfilling this mission depends largely upon the capacity of school systems to respond to the diverse educational needs of students. This mission has become increasingly more challenging due to a myriad of problems students bring to schools. Constantly evolving social conditions and the changing educational needs that tend to emerge with these changes can pose dramatic barriers to student achievement.

To ensure that the needs of all students are meant Plainfield Public Schools has established and implemented 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, behavioral or health concerns and to assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students learning, behavioral or health needs. 

The I&RS process is comprised of a multidisciplinary team whose goal is to support staff in meeting the needs of students who are experiencing learning, behavioral and/or health issues that directly impact on student achievement. Our I&RS teams provide services to staff for the benefit of students. Through the different steps that comprise the I&RS process, students are directed to appropriate services in the school and community.

To assure that all schools’ I&RS teams have the necessary support and training to adequately meet the needs of their students the district has assigned the Department of Student Intervention & Family Support Services the responsibility of providing technical assistance and support in the areas of development, implementation and training. This will also include monitoring of services to assure compliance and consultation on an as-needed basis.

Please click on the following links for the I&RS Manual along with the necessary forms to be used for the referral process.