School board approves early dismissal for MTSS days

By Kayleigh Rahn
Tuscola parents have the green light to begin planning for after-school childcare now that the Board of Education has approved a 2 p.m. student dismissal for monthly Multi-Tiered System of Support days.

The school board during its meeting Monday, Aug. 24 approved the early dismissal as part of the new MTSS initiative that will allow educators the time needed to accurately evaluate, discuss, and plan individualized student plans. The early dismissal days will be: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, April 11, and May 9 with other MTSS meetings included in the three scheduled institute days previously listed on the school calendar.

An email was distributed to parents last week that describes what MTSS provides students at each level and grade.

According to the email the district has provided a version of intervention since 2010, most recently referred to as Response to Intervention (RTI). In theory MTSS days will allow educators to take the process a step further by providing “high-quality instruction and intervention matched to all student needs using data to facilitate educational decision making.”

“MTSS provides an improved process and structure for school teams to design, implement, and evaluate both daily instruction and specific interventions,” the email says. “MTSS is a process that focuses on growth for all students… Once a month, teachers/staff will collaborate, evaluate student needs, and adjust interventions.”

The three tiers of the system are: Tier I: All students receive high-quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom; Tier II: The school provides supplemental instructional support, usually in small groups, to students who need support in addition to what they are receiving from the general curriculum (Tiger Time, Activity Period, etc.); and Tier III: Intense instructional support is provided to students with the greatest needs, with frequent progress monitoring.

The full story can be found in the July 26, 2017, edition of The Tuscola Journal.