About I&RS

  • Wallington Intervention and Referral Services

    Each district board of education is required to establish and implement a coordinated system in each school building, in which general education students are served, for the planning and delivery of intervention and referral services (I&RS) that are designed to: 

    1) Assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior or health difficulties; and
    2) Assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students’ learning, behavior or health needs.

    Each district board of education also must choose an appropriate multidisciplinary team approach for planning and delivering the intervention and referral services. Here in Wallington we use a building-based team approach to assist our students and staff in accordance with I&RS regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8).

    Wallington I&RS Team Goals and ResponsibilitiesIdentify learning, behavior and health difficulties of students;

    1. Collect thorough information on the identified learning, behavior and health difficulties;
    2. Develop and implement action plans which provide for appropriate school or community interventions or referrals to school and community resources, based on the collected data and desired outcomes for the identified learning, behavior and health difficulties;
    3. Provide support, guidance, and professional development to school staff who identify learning, behavior and health difficulties;
    4. Provide support, guidance, and professional development to school staff who participate in each building’s system for planning and providing intervention and referral services;
    5. Actively involve parents or guardians in the development and implementation of intervention and referral services action plans;
    6. Coordinate the access to and delivery of school resources and services for achieving the outcomes identified in the intervention and referral services action plans;
    7. Coordinate the services of community-based social and health provider agencies and other community resources for achieving the outcomes identified in the intervention and referral services action plans;
    8. Maintain records of all requests for assistance and all intervention and referral services action plans, according to the requirements of 34 CFR Part 98, 34 CFR Part 99, 42 CFR Part II, N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-7.1, N.J.A.C. 6A:16-3.2, and N.J.A.C 6:3-2.1;
    9. Review and assess the effectiveness of the provisions of each intervention and referral services action plan in achieving the outcomes identified in each action plan and modify each action plan to achieve the outcomes, as appropriate; and
    10. At a minimum, annually review the intervention and referral services action plans and the actions taken as a result of the building’s system of intervention and referral services and make recommendations to the principal for improving school programs and services, as appropriate. 

    What can Parents do?

    1. Any parent/guardian can initiate the I&RS process
    2. Parents/guardians can contact their child’s guidance counselor to begin the intake and identification process.
    3. Parents/guardians can participate in meetings where their child’s needs, interventions, and modifications are discussed.
    4. Parents/guardians can participate in setting achievable goals for student success.

WHS Personnel

  • MaryJane Machtemes, Supervisor of Guidance

    Dany Estupinan, Vice Principal

    Jackie Schwartzer, School Counselor

    Jessica Soriano, School Counselor

    Kristen Comer, Nurse

    Sara Schneider, Child Study Team Case Manager

Gavlak Personnel

  • Natalie Radan, School Counselor

    Nancy Giambrone, Principal

    Amy Heuer, Nurse

    Krystyna Bijak, Child Study Team Case Manager

    Kathy Colton, Reading Specialist

Jefferson Annex Personnel

  • Maria Concha, School Counselor

    Yvette Lozanski, Principal

    Stacey Geltrude, Nurse

    Dina Mohamed, Child Study Team Case Manager

    Kathy Colton, Reading Specialist