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  • Section J: Students


Regional School Unit 21 endorses Student Assistance Teams at each school to address social, emotional and academic difficulties experienced by students in grades K-12.

Student Assistance Teams are groups of professionals who meet to discuss and develop intervention plans to aid students who are experiencing difficulties that interfere with progress in school.  Through a team approach, and in conjunction with classroom teachers, Student Assistance Teams (S.A.T.) can assess a student’s unique challenges then identify interventions or services to address those difficulties.  The work of a Student Assistance Team creates conditions that promote the well-being, sense of hope, and untapped potential of each student.

The S.A.T. is not a substitute for, or an alternative to, the Pupil Evaluation Team (P.E.T.) process.  Students eligible for the P.E.T. process may, however, be referred for matters not having to do with their impairment.  The S.A.T. will mesh its work with similar programming throughout the district.

Uniform procedures are established for RSU 21 Student Assistance Teams:

Step 1:  The Referral Process
Any concerned staff member may initiate a S.A.T. referral for a student.  The referral is completed and returned to the S.A.T. coordinator.

Step 2:  The Team Meeting
The S.A.T. meets to discuss the referral.  If a referral is accepted, the S.A.T. appoints a Case Manager who gathers additional data as needed from staff, parents and/or the student.

Step 3:  The Action Plan
The Case Manager presents the student profile to the S.A.T. using their combined expertise, the team collaborates to develop an action plan that builds on the strengths of the student.

Step 4:  Implement of Strategies and Interventions
The S.A.T. oversees the implementation of intervention strategies to promote success and conducts follow up meetings to review and ensure the effectiveness of the action plan.

Adopted: 05/24/04

Reviewed: 05/03/10

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