Student Support Team Process
The intervention process in general education is a key component to the concept of providing educational programs and services in the least restrictive enviornment. The process is more than just a pre-referral system for special education. It is a problem solving acitivity that is designed to provide appropriate interventions to improve learning difficulties that students may exhibit. The procedural steps, outlining the SST/RTI process followed in Williston School District 29, are listed below.
1. Any individual( teacher, school administrator, counselor, or parent) concerned with the educational welfare of a student may access the SST.
In the case of the parental requests for and educational evaluation, the parents shall be informed of the availability and benefits of the RTI process. Following that discussion, they will be given 10 business days to decide if they want to withdraw or hold their request pending interventions.
2. The SST appointed by the principal will:
a. Meet with the student's teacher to review the request.
b. Design and implement an intervention. The intervention shall include specific timelines for implementation in the classroom and the review of the results of the strategies employed.
Note: Written documentation must exist that the student passed a recent(within the last 6 months) vision and hearing screening. If the students failed either of these screenings, documentation of appropriated medical referrals and follow-up reports must be available.
3. The principal or designee will notify the parent in writing via the Notice of Educational Intervention prior to the initiation of Tier 3 intervention(or before if deemed necessary.)
4. The SST will reconvene, as per the timeline given in the intervetion plan, to reveiw and determine the successs of the intervention. If the interventions have not produced a desirable change in the students educational progress, one of the following may occur:
a. the interventions will be redesigned and implemented for another specified period. The revised plan may include the gathering of additional information through the screening process and consultation with other specialists. Each intervention should last a minimum of 4 weeks.
b. If a disability is suspected, the parent will be asked to consent to an educational evaluation.
If the team determines that an educational evaluation is necessary, the team should determine appropriate interventions to be continued throughout the evaluation process. Interventions should continue throughout the evaluation process. The evaluation process will take up to 60 days after receipt of parental consent.