Child Study Team
Information about the Child Study Team at Beverly City School.
What is a referral?
A referral is the first step in the special education process. It is a formal written request that a student be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine whether a student is eligible for special education and related services or by the speech/language specialist to determine whether a student is eligible for speech services.
Who can refer?
Students may be referred to the CST or for a speech evaluation by instructional staff, school administration, parents and/or community agencies. Parents should submit their written request to the Director of Special Services.
When should a student be referred?
Generally, students who have academic and/or behavioral difficulties are first brought to the attention of the Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Committee. This committee will create interventions to address educational difficulties in the general education classroom. Interventions in the general education classroom should be attempted prior to a CST or speech referral. When interventions in the general education classroom are not appropriate for the student, or when interventions are not effective, the student will be referred to the CST or speech/language specialist for evaluation.
Once a student is referred, what happens next?
Once a referral is received, the parents will be invited to a meeting that will be scheduled within 20 days of receipt of the referral (excluding school vacations other than summer vacation). Based on a review of available information about the student’s educational progress, a decision will be made at this meeting whether a CST or speech evaluation is warranted. If an evaluation is warranted, the nature and scope of the CST or speech evaluation will be discussed. If it appears that the problem can be alleviated with interventions in the general education program and the student has not participated in the I&RS process, there may be a decision not to conduct an evaluation, but to refer the student to the I&RS Committee for development in interventions, suggestions for other interventions for the parent to pursue, or refer the student to the 504 Committee. If the student is already in the I&RS process and an evaluation is not warranted, the I&RS plan can continue or be adjusted.
Child Study Team members
Lynn Cole, Child Study Team Secretary
(609) 387-0444 Fax
Chelsea Light, School Psychologist
Joanne Mills, School Social Worker
Caitlin Stone, Speech/Language Specialist
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