Student Support Services
In the state of Vermont, our legislature has mandated that each school provide supports necessary for all children to be successful in the classroom. An Educational Support System (ESS) exists in every school in order to coordinate access to the identified services. At Orchard, our core team meets weekly and smaller student-specific teams meet throughout the week. The student-specific team, the EST, consists of teachers and other support staff. Together they brainstorm ideas and strategies to address the teacher's concern. Parents and guardians are invited to be part of the process and are often in attendance at their child's meeting. Referrals can be made by any staff member, and periodic check-ins provide follow-up.
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