As stated in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8.1, the functions of I&RS are as follows:

o   Identify learning, behavior and health difficulties of students;

o   Collect thorough information of the identified difficulties;

o   Develop and implement action plans which provide for appropriate interventions based on the information collected and the desired results;

o   Provide support, guidance and professional development to school staff to properly identify and implement interventions designed to address student difficulties;

o   Actively involve parents and guardians in the development and implementation of I&RS action plans;

o   Coordinate the services of community-based social and health provider agencies and other community resources;

o   Maintain accurate records of all requests for assistance and all I&RS action plans;

o   Review and assess the effectiveness of the I&RS action plans in achieving the outcomes identified and make modifications as necessary; and,

o   Make recommendations to the school principal for improving school programs and services.