PASS Cape Cod

Positive Alternative to School Suspension

Cape Cod PASS Referral Process

Who can be referred to the Cape Cod PASS program?

  • High school students who could benefit from social emotional support, a therapeutic environment, and academic support.
  • Students can be referred by the schools for infractions including but not limited to:
    • Substance use
    • Violence /threats
    • Skipping class/truancy/ school avoidance
    • Support in waiting for additional services or returning from outside services

Group or peer infractions should be examined by schools. Staggering start dates or splitting up peers who are suspended from the same incident is recommended. Students who are suspended due to disagreements or altercations should be sent to PASS consecutively and not at the same time.

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First Steps:

The Referral Process begins with the school and parent/guardian completing the Intake Form, via Google Docs, in its entirety 24-48 hours prior to a student’s start date. This document will include Student Information and Parent/Guardian Release Forms.

  • Once submitted, the team at PASS will review the Referral. Upon acceptance, PASS will send out a Welcome Email (including dates, times and details) to the referred student, parent/guardian and school point person.
  • The Program Director will contact the school if space is not available and work with the school on a new start date.


  • Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting their student to PASS. 
  • The CCRTA offers “Dial a Drive” services that families can book that will pick the child up from home and return to home. Vouchers are available to families for these services. Please ask the selected school point person for bus passes.
  • The CCRTA has an hourly bus route to Centerville Recreation Building (524 Main Street) that picks up in front of the Barnstable Senior Center (a short walk from the high school). 
  • Schools are responsible for letting the PASS Program Director know if a student is a no-show to school if check-in at school prior to going to PASS is a school requirement.


  • Students are asked to bring their school Chromebook or iPad, fully charged, to access school work through Google Classroom.
  • The selected point person should email the student’s teachers with the student cc’d and ask to forward work, future assignments, or directions on what to complete to the PASS Student Support Director, Allie Jason,
  • Exams, quizzes, and tests that are not found on Google Classroom can be scanned and sent to the PASS Student Support director, Allie Jason, for completion and will be scanned back to the assigned teacher.

Re-Entry Plan:

On a student’s last day, they will participate in a discussion and reflection with PASS Staff on their:

  • Infraction and learned skills to use in the future to avoid suspensions and to support mental health
  • Supports in school and out of school
  • Suggestions on ways their school can support them moving forward

PASS Staff will separately complete:

  • Summary of student engagement at PASS and any concerns we have
  • Clinician Recommendations for additional services

Directly after the student’s completion of the program, an email will be sent with this information to the selected school point person as well as school adjustment counselor. The parent/guardian will receive a copy of the Clinician Recommendations and a summary of student’s engagement.

A Zoom call will be held 24-48 hours after program completion with the school point person, parent/guardian, student (optional) and PASS clinician. The clinician will go over the entrant’s engagement and recommendations made for additional services and support.

Follow Up:

  • One month post PASS participation, the PASS Program Director will send a Google Form to the school’s selected point person to follow up about the student’s behavior, attendance, and response since attending PASS; and a Google Form will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian to follow up with students who received referrals for additional service.
  • Students and/or families in need of additional resources should contact OCHS PASS Personnel for support, Mary Kirby,