The Student Assistance Committee is a school-based support team which assists educators to plan and deliver interventions that accommodate the learning, behavioral and/or health difficulties of students whose needs are identified by staff or parents. Through collaboration, support, action and monitoring, they seek to resolve identified problems.
In addition to the Principal or his/her designee, the referring teacher(s) and another teacher, the I&RS/SAC may include other support staff whose different abilities and educational experiences will facilitate the development of an Action Plan that will assist your child. The support staff may be the student assistance specialist, nurse, guidance counselor, reading specialist, math specialist, school psychologist, school social worker, learning disabilities teacher-consultant, and speech/language specialist.
Parents or guardians are involved in the development and implementation of the Action Plan. You will be asked to provide input at the time when you are informed of the meetings, and you will receive a written copy of the Action Plan. You will be notified of any referral plans to community-based social and health providing agencies. If these are recommended, you may be asked to provide coordinated strategies at home to assist your child.
The members of the Student Assistance Committee will obtain important information related to your child’s needs. They will meet to discuss his/her areas of strengths and vulnerabilities and will then creatively problem-solve and develop an Action Plan to address those areas in which he/she is experiencing difficulties in school. The I&RS/SAC can also coordinate services of community-based social and health providing agencies, if needed. They will review and assess the effectiveness of the interventions provided to achieve the outcomes identified in the Action Plan. The Action Plan will be modified, as appropriate, to achieve the desired outcomes. This will be done at a follow-up review meeting.
The Action Plan identifies desired outcomes and details interventions (strategies, modifications or other services) that are considered to be helpful to your child and the teachers. It is a thoughtful, planned approach to modify your child’s educational program and school performance. You will receive a copy of the Action Plan formulated for your child. The implementation of the Action Plan’s interventions will be reviewed by the I&RS/SAC team within time frames that are stipulated in the plan.