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Welcome to Ms. Germano's On-Campus Intervention Program Web Site for Riviera Middle School
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OCIP's Mission Statement
The Mission of OCIP is to provide a positive alternative to out-of-school suspensions through academic guidance and counseling support with individual and group counseling, family contacts, aftercare and appropriate referrals.

Riviera Middle School Mission Statement
The Mission of Riviera Middle School is to develop and nurture knowledge and skills measured by the Sunshine State Standards in a safe learning environment so that all students can become productive members of the twenty-first century.

What is OCIP?
The On-Campus Intervention Program (OCIP) is an innovative and effective alternative to out-of-school suspensions. The program provides five service components for all participants. These services are interpreted as the most effective way of preventing youth from being referred into the Juvenile Justice system. The five components are academics, counseling, parent/guardian contact, referral services and aftercare.

Students receive three to four hours of academics per day supervised by a certified Pinellas County School teacher. Assignment request forms are delivered to teachers. Teachers are then expected to provide current assignments for every day of their student's attendance in the OCIP. Students have access to their books, any quizzes/tests and peer tutors when requested. All students should be on track academically with their classmates upon exiting the OCIP.

Group counseling is provided to engage students in learning pro-social skills, exchanging ideas/experiences and preventing further suspensions through behavior modification. Life skills and psychoeducational groups are provided daily. The program teacher conducts life skills groups while the Master's level counselor facilitates the the psychoeducational groups. The common goal for all groups is for students to acquire pro-social skills, prevent further suspensions, and assist in skill-acquisition for positive communication with others.

Parent/Guardian Contact
This contact is essential in the collection of student behavioral patterns and student progress while in attendance of the OCIP. Parent/guardian contact is attempted a minimum of three times either by phone, letter, or conference on the school site. Ideally, parents/guardians are contacted at the end of their stay in the OCIP in order to review program attendance and behavior. Feedback and/or questions and answers are addressed within the boundaries of confidentiality.

Referral Services
Community referral services will be made based on the program counselor's assessment of the individual student's needs. Referrals may be made to school counselors, school social workers, the school psychologist, or any agency in the community that is helpful in resolving family problems, substance abuse, or any other issues that cannot be resolved during the student's stay in the OCIP.

Aftercare groups/individual sessions are specifically designed to provide additional support to all OCIP "graduates". It also reinforces pro-social changes the student may be working on. Aftercare topics are much the same as the life skills and psychoeducational groups -- all focusing on increasing pro-social relationships with others. All students that attended the OCIP (regardless of discharge status) are invited to attend aftercare groups/individual sessions. Aftercare should signify the last formal contact with students and the OCIP.

The On-Campus Intervention Program (OCIP) has proven to be statistically significant in lowering the rate of out-of-school suspensions in all ten middle/high schools in which the program was implemented. Students are on school grounds during school hours, are current in their academics, they receive pro-social skills via counseling and all students have follow-up. Parents/guardians are involved and juvenile crime decreases during the day. The OCIP continues to expand.

Target Population
Students enrolled full-time at the middle school are served. Students are referred by the Assistant Principals and have committed offenses for which suspension from school would normally be the consequence.

Eligibility Criteria
Students charged with criminal behavior, such as battery on a student or adult, possession of a weapon, or drugs or alcohol, will not be accepted into the program. Student will be admitted on a space availability basis as each classroom has a maximum of 15 students.

Services Provided
Students in the program are provided academic support, life skills instruction, and individual and group counseling. Students receive their assigned tasks from their regular teachers and are expected to complete work while in the program. Counseling is designed to help the students identify issues underlying their disruptive behavior and alternatives to that behavior that will have more positive results. Life skills classes address topics such as communications, goal setting, choices, sexuality and dating, gender identity, and other relevant topics. Students are referred for 3 - 5 days per incident and may re-enter the program up to three times per year. Aftercare contacts are unlimited.

OCIP Office Number / Riviera Middle School
(727) 215-7564
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