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Mission Statement

The OCPS Comprehensive Guidance Program is an integral part of the district's total program for students. It is both preventative and proactive in its focus and supports the district goal that each student will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to reach their full potential.

OCPS Comprehensive Guidance Program

My counselor lights the way for me Our purpose as school counselors is to provide a developmental, systematic comprehensive program addressing the academic, career, and interpersonal/social needs of ALL students. In partnership with other educators, parents, and the community, the ultimate goal of the guidance program is to ensure that ALL students in OCPS acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners.

Guiding Principles of the OCPS Comprehensive Guidance Program:

  • Reach ALL students
  • Comprehensive in scope
  • Preventative in design
  • Developmental in nature
  • An integral part of a total educational program for student success
  • Includes school guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and system support
  • Implemented by a credentialed school counselor
  • Measure student competencies in the areas of academic, career and interpersonal/social development
  • Data-driven programatic decision-making
  • Monitor student progress
  • Identify opportunities for improvement each year based on results data
  • Share successes of the program with stakeholders

The OCPS Mental and Emotional Health Education, Substance Use and Abuse Education and Child Trafficking Prevention Education Plans are Available

The Florida Department of Education requires that students receive instruction in Health Education every year. Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., was approved by the State Board of Education on July 17, 2019 and establishes a minimum of five hours of required instruction related to mental and emotional health education for students in grades 6-12. Rule 6A-1.094122, F.A.C., was approved by the State Board of Education on August 21, 2019 and requires school districts to annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to youth substance use and abuse health education. Rule 6A-1.094123, F.A.C., was approved by the State Board of Education on September 20, 2019. This rule requires school districts to annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to child trafficking prevention and awareness. In compliance with State Board rules OCPS has developed implementation plans to address these requirements. The plans may be accessed by clicking the following links:

OCPS' Anti-Bullying Hotline

Online, Call, or App. Use SpeakOut Hotline to Anonymously Report Threatening Behavior. 800-423-TIPS(8477) or www.speakouthotline.org
Click here to learn more about FortifyFL and download the app.

OCPS' Bullying Prevention Campaign

Act4Change - Students, Schools, Parents, Community

Department Contacts

Mary Bridges Mary.Bridges@ocps.net
Executive Director
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2003439

Cathy Murdock Cathy.Murdock@ocps.net
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.317.3394

Academic Services

Erin Vacchio Erin.Vacchio@ocps.net
Director, HS

Karla Owens Karla.Owens@ocps.net
Director, K-8

Guidance and Mental Health Services

Anna Williams-Jones Anna.Williams-Jones@ocps.net
Director

Psychological and Social Services

Carl Sousa Carl.Sousa@ocps.net
Director

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Student Services

445 W. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32801 407.317.3394