What is the Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Committee?
 
The Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS) is a team of professionals within the school who come together to problem solve and network.  When a teacher has a concern about a student, the committee convenes and develops an action plan.  Concerns that are presented vary, and may involve academic, behavioral, social, or emotional functioning.  They may also be health-related.  The core group of the I&RS team consists of the school counselor, referring teacher, RTI teachers and support teachers.  Other staff members are invited, as needed. The goal of the committee is to help teachers develop interventions to improve student behavior and/or academic achievement.
 
Intervention and Referral Services Policies and Procedures: http://www.twpunionschools.org/documents/IRS.pdf
 
What is a 504 plan?
 
The "504" in 504 plan" refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or post-secondary schooling. "Disability" in this context refers to a "physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities." This can include physical impairments; illnesses or injuries; communicable diseases; chronic conditions like asthma, allergies and diabetes; and learning problems. A 504 plan spells out the accommodations that will be needed for these students to have an opportunity perform at the same level as their peers, and might include such things as wheelchair ramps, blood sugar monitoring, an extra set of text books, extended time on tests, or a tape recorder or keyboard for taking notes.
 
 
 
What is Harassment Intimidation and Bullying Law?
 
 Township of Union Schools has programs in place to educate students about Character Education and bullying.  The  Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights confirms all we support, to provide every student with a safe learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB).
 "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-15.3), that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:
 
Harassment Intimidation and Bullying Policies and Procedures: http://www.twpunionschools.org/Programs/District-Programs/Anti-Bullying-Information/index.html