Guidance Team (GT)
What is GT? Guidance Team consists of a group of educational professionals who meet each week in order to review the needs of children, either because they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally, and/or parents have provided information that their child has been evaluated by a private provider (i.e. pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, etc).
Why have GT? The goal of Guidance Team is to come up with a plan on how to best support the student moving forward. Depending on the child, this may mean monitoring the student and following up as needed, recommending further intervention, or seeking parent permission for a Section 504 or Special Education evaluation. The District fulfills its Child Find responsibilities through GT.
Who attends GT? Teachers, parents, and other staff members can bring a student of concern to Guidance Team. The team generally consists of the principal, speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, special education teacher, school counselor, Safety Net teacher, general education teacher, and the student’s parents. This may seem like a lot of people, but it is important that the student’s needs and strengths are looked at from all different angles and given consideration from all areas of expertise in order to come up with the best plan moving forward.
Here are links to your rights (Procedural Safeguards) for both Special Education and 504. Paper copies can be requested from Sandburg.