The Student Support Team (SST):Referral Questions and Protocol The Fessenden School September 1, 2010 1
Definition of the Student Support Team 2 From the Student and Parent Handbook (Revised 2007): The Student Support Team provides comprehensive academic, psychological,emotional, and health support services to children of all ages. This teamworks with parents, teachers, the Division Head, the Head Nurse, and theSkills Center to understand the individual needs of a student and implement appropriate remedial services when issues of an emotional, health, or academic nature arise. The team is directed by the School Psychologist and the Assistant Headmaster. Student Support Team meetings are held throughout the academic year and regular follow-up with parents is encouraged. Teachers and parents may request a referral to the team by contacting the School Psychologist.
When to Make a Referral to the SST 3 Generally speaking, a referral to the Student Support Team is appropriate in each of the following cases:
Mental health issues appear to be significantly impacting a child’s
Explicit mention of self-harm or threat of harming another.
This may include graphic depictions of violence within writing and/or artistic assignments, repeated reference to school shootings, concerning comments made to others boys, parent reports of violence/self-harm at home, etc.
Any request for educational or therapeutic services that are not presently
provided by the school and have previously been discussed with parents: What we have: What we do not have: Occupational therapy Neuropsychological (LD) AssessmentSpeech and Language support Social pragmatics groups One-to-one psychotherapy Academic tutoring services Organizational support Mathematics evaluation Mathematics remedial support Reading/writing evaluation Reading/writing remedial support Food and Friends Group Student advisors
Sudden and inexplicable changes in a boy’s academic
performance, social network, teacher/advisor relations, athletic activities, or appearance that may signal the emergence of emotional issues
How to Make a Referral to the SST 6 Making a referral to the Student Support team is as easy as 123 Step one: Communicate your concerns to the Division Head and the student’s advisor (when applicable) Step two: Request a SST referral form from the Upper, Middle, or Lower school office Step three: Complete the form in as much detail as possible and put a signed copy, with your signature and the Division Head’s, in the School Psychologist’s mailbox located in Arlene’s office. Keep a copy for your records.
What To Expect when a Referral is Made to the SST Although each case is different, the general steps taken after a Student Support Team referral is received include the following: Confirmation e-mail/phone call indicating that the referral has been received Present information regarding the child at once-weekly Early Intervention Team Meeting Develop/Discuss interventions based on the individual needs of the child and assign SST roles Full chart review and observation of the child in the classroom or direct meeting in my office Coordinate time to discuss the referral in person with you and the Division Head Coordinate an SST meeting with the family and all support players to discuss our recommendations Communicate with parents over the phone or in person to discuss the SST referral and collect more info. Conversation with teachers, coaches, advisors, etc., to collect additional information Implement SST recommendations: Follow-up with teachers/advisors to determine success 7
Allocation of Time to SST Referrals (in minutes) Total Time per referral = 7 hours, 5 min 8
Referrals By The Numbers (2009-2010) Total Number of Referrals = 66
Frequently Asked Questions What should I do if I’m worried about a boy but it doesn’t seem to warrant a Student Support Team referral? What if a boy requests a meeting with you? Should I still fill-out the Student Support Team referral form? Where should I send him? Do you have regular office hours? What are they? What if the issue does not involve a boy, but rather, something that I’m dealing with personally? When should I refer to the Student Support Team and when should I refer to the Skills Center? I made a referral, like, a week ago but I haven’t heard anything? What gives? 10