Multi-Tiered System of Support
Chatham County Schools is dedicated to ensuring our students are performing to their highest potential in all aspects of their life. We do so by providing a layered system of support, titled Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), so that all students succeed academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. For more information on the specific supports available at your child's school, please contact your child's teacher.
Behavior Support Services are provided throughout Chatham County Schools in order to assist students in managing behaviors that may interfere with academic performance. When needed, a referral for support is made to the Behavior Specialist who collaborates with teachers, school counselors, social workers, school administration, and outside agencies to implement a variety of interventions that focus on the strength of identified students. Prevention, assessment, intervention, and ongoing support are central to this service allowing Chatham County Schools to aid struggling students in achieving potential and develop greater harmony in each school and our community as a whole.
School based teams use various points of student data and a structured problem solving model to improve learning outcomes for all students. Schools provide educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. These supports are referred to as "Tiers of Support". The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that all students can be successful. Chatham County Schools layer different types of support into three tiers.
- Tier One includes high quality curriculum and instruction in the classroom that all children receive.
- Tier Two includes additional targeted, supplemental instruction for small groups of students who need more support on a targeted skill.
- Tier Three includes intensive interventions that are developed to meet the individual needs of students.
Basic Needs, Mental Health, and Wraparound Services
School-based supports are essential to offering wraparound servicess that address basic needs for students and families. These services may include school-based mental health treatment, school social work, and parent education in order to ensure that a student has access to services, such as food, mental health assessment, and parent support, that directly impact daily functioning and may not always be accessible outside of the school setting for various reasons.