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  • 1. The Student Support Team (SST):Referral Questions and Protocol
    The Fessenden School
    September 1, 2010
  • 2. Definition of the Student Support Team
    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.
  • 3. When to Make a Referral to the SST
    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
    academic, athletic, or social performance
    Disorders (5-9%)
    Disruptive Behavior
    Disorders (7-10%)
    Disorders (6-18%)
    ADD, AD/HD
    Conduct Disorder
    Oppositional Defiant
    Bipolar Disorder
    Generalized Anxiety
    Separation Anxiety
    Simple Phobias
    Panic Disorder
    • 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.
  • 4. When to Make a Referral to the SST
    • Recurrent physical complaints (e.g., stomach aches, headaches)
    that have not remitted despite the involvement of the Health
    Center and for which there is no known underlying medical cause
    • Asignificant psychosocial change has occurred that you feel has the
    potential to impact a child’s health, happiness, social life, and/or academic
    performance (e.g., death in the family, serious illness, divorce, etc.)
    • Anyknowledge or suspicion of sexual and/or physical
    abuse involving a child, whether that child is enrolled at
    Fessenden or not (e.g., the brother of a student of yours)
    • A pattern of unexplained absences that you feel has not
    been adequately addressed by parents or caregivers
    • Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, NVLDs) that continue
    to impact a child’s academic achievement despite the
    prior involvement of The Skills Center or Academic Tutoring
  • 5. When to Make a Referral to the SST
    • 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
  • 6. How to Make a Referral to the SST
    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.
  • 7. 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:
    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
  • 8. Allocation of Time to SST Referrals (in minutes)
    Total Time per referral = 7 hours, 5 min
  • 9. Referrals By The Numbers (2009-2010)
    Total Number of Referrals = 66
  • 10. 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?