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Behavior Support Program News

Our Behavior Support program addresses individual student and school needs while helping to support our implementation of MTSS. Previously, Behavior Support services were focused solely on the students who were identified using the Behavior Support PRC 29 rubric. Our program now allows for our Behavior Support staff to work with all students who may need their services, regardless of whether they are identified under the rubric or whether the students are identified under the Exceptional Children Department. Behavior Support Staff also provide professional development/training and support to general education and EC teachers.  Behavior Support Staff are assigned to specific schools and will be present in those schools at least once per week.

Behavior Support Specialists/Assignments for 2022-23:

JB Byrne:  Hardin Park and Watauga High School

Greg Dobbins:  Green Valley, Blowing Rock and Parkway

Melissa Riley:  Mabel, Cove Creek, Bethel and Valle Crucis.

Our Behavior Support Specialists' responsibilities at their school sites will be:

* Working with students who are identified on the PRC 29 rubric and meeting the service requirements for those individual students

* Working with any student who is exhibiting behavioral difficulties, regardless of whether those students are EC students 

* Providing professional development to school staff on a group or individual basis

* Consulting with teachers on how to address specific student behavior issues

* Serving as a Liaison between the school, the district and community agency representatives involved with specific students

* Attending IEP meetings as needed to help with behavioral interventions, IEP goals, FBAs and BIPs

* Attending school-based team meetings when needed to help problem-solve for individual students and to discuss behavior interventions and planning for MTSS implementation

* Providing Autism Coaching support to teachers and students as needed

* Handling referrals to the FOCUS Day Treatment Programs at Blowing Rock and Cove Creek for the schools to which they are assigned.

* Attending FOCUS Day Treatment Program CFT meetings for the students in the schools they serve

* Assisting in emergencies at a school. 

(NOTE:  Behavior Support Liaisons are not to be utilized as one on one assistants, or all day support for a student in ISS or other form of removal.  This will limit their ability to meet the other components of their work listed above.) 

Due to the nature of their work, the time(s) at their assigned schools may at times be impacted by emergencies and/or the need to attend IEP meetings at other schools.  When these situations arise, the Behavior Support Specialists will notify the impacted staff and the school Principal of their need to leave their assigned school to address an emergency or meeting need at another school.  Flexibility, understanding and communication amongst all parties are crucial elements that will make this change work for all those involved.  They are glad to provide whatever communication method (i.e., Google doc, email, text) works to keep staff appraised of their work at your schools with students and staff as well as their calendar, necessary changes, etc.