In order to protect the health and safety of employees and students, those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19.  If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or in a district office.  The screeners are accessible on our Covid-19 Screeners page.  Additional information about COVID-19 can be found in the district’s Covid Daily Report , COVID protocols, and Learning From Home Resource guide.

About Us

Oakstead Elementary is a Five Star Award winning community school located within the Oakstead Subdivision in Land O Lakes, Florida.  Just north of Tampa Bay, Oakstead opened its doors in 2006 as part of Pasco County Schools.  Currently our school serves over 1,000 students in grades K through five, with 2 VE Pre-K classes for Varying Exceptionalities and a Pre-K class. Oakstead participates in the Florida PBIS Project initiative and has been a Gold Model School for four years.  Oakstead has been a chapter member of National Elementary Honor Society since 2008.

This year our school-wide motto is Five Dens..One Pond..Otter Strong. We value the development of the whole child and know the importance of good character. All students and staff will promote kindness and our fifth grade classes will do service learning projects throughout the year.  Teachers, students and parents can work together to create students who are College, Career, and Life Ready.

We have an active PTA and School Advisory Council made up of energetic parents, community partners, and staff.  In addition, we have some generous business partners who collaborate with our school so that students are the winners!  We appreciate the support and involvement of our many families and students and all that they do to make our school a success.

School hours at Oakstead Elementary School are 10:00 AM – 4:20 PM.  Arrival begins at 9:50, First Bell is 10:00, Second Bell is 10:10.  Buses are available for students that live more than two miles from the school. Parents need to register their student for a bus, and you can contact the office for more information. Please note that new bus registrations can take up to 3 days.

Dress Code information can be found here:  Students may wear shorts and skirts as long as they no more than 4” above the knee.  Spaghetti straps and strapless tops are not acceptable. Slippers are not acceptable.  The principal, or designee, will make the decision if a student’s appearance meets school and community standards.  The principal’s decision on the appropriateness of dress is final.  While on any District School Board of Pasco County schools or campus, at any school function or on any school sponsored transportation, students are prohibited from wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment.  Students’ clothing shall be worn appropriately with no abdomen skin or underwear exposed.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information

Car Riders:

Carline Drop-off:  We will begin to unload cars in the car loop at 9:50 am. Students will be able to go to the cafeteria to get “free” breakfast or gather outside the office until the 10:00 am bell to be released to their classrooms.  There are two lanes when entering the car loop. It is vital to stay in your lane and wait until a staff member opens your door before releasing your child.  Please be aware that our pre-K parents will park and walk their children to the media center for drop-off.

Carline Pick-up: Parents must be in carline by 4:30 pm. Please remain in your vehicles and have a 2021-22 car tag visible for OES staff. While in the car line, proceed to the next available numbered space and wait for your child. Once your child is loaded into your car, you can remove your car tag and wait for the signal to drive off. Florida Law states that cell phone usage is prohibited when operating a vehicle on school property. Please note if you forget your car tag, you must park your car and show a valid driver’s license in the front office before we will release your child. Remember, this is for their safety. Pre-k parents will park and sign their children out from the media center.


PLACE Drop-off: PLACE drop-off is from 6:30am-9:30am. Parents will need to park their cars in the main parking lot and walk their children to the cafeteria through the front main entrance gate outside the front office. There are no PLACE drop-offs after 9:30 am.

PLACE Pick-Up: PLACE pick-up is between 5:00 pm-6:00 pm. If you need to pick up your child before 5:00 pm, an Otter Runner will need to be submitted through our website to change dismissal to car rider. Be sure to have a 2021-22 car tag on your car. No parents will be allowed access to PLACE before 5 pm. Until 5:00 pm, we are in “active” dismissal procedures, and parents arriving for PLACE pickup before 5:00 pm will need to wait until our carline is complete. Parents can find additional information about the PLACE program at

Walkers/Bike Riders:

Arrival: Students who walk or ride their bikes to school will enter campus through the designated gate on Lake Patience Road. Parents are not permitted beyond the gate. Staff will be assigned to supervise this area and assist students as needed. Please do not arrive too early. Gates will open at 9:50 am. Students will be able to go to the cafeteria to get “free” breakfast or wait near the bike rack until the 10:00 am bell to be released to their classrooms. 

Dismissal: Dismissal will begin at 4:10 pm. Parents wishing to meet their children can do so at the gate on Lake Patience Road. A staff member will supervise students until they are at the gate. When you designate your child as a walker/bike rider, you allow them to walk off the campus without an adult pickup.

Bus Riders:

Arrival/Dismissal: Students who ride the bus must follow the district bus expectations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Buses enter the bus loop and when instructed, students will load and unload from the bus. Students will enter and exit the campus through the bus gate. In the afternoon, students are escorted to their bus by a teacher. This ensures students get to the buses safely.

Changes to Dismissal/Otter Runners:

When a change needs to be made in how your child goes home, parents will fill out an “OTTER RUNNER” request. All requests are made from our school website  All change requests must be submitted by 3:30 pm to ensure your child and the classroom teacher are aware of the change. Please do NOT message the teacher or send in a note; completing an OTTER RUNNER request is the best way to ensure your child goes home the correct way.


Our administrative team is comprised of our Principal Claudia Steinacker, our Assistant Principal Christine Ramirez, and our Assistant Principal Intern Chris Symons.  We are proud of our students and families and all that we undertake to give back to our community.  We appreciate the support and involvement of our many families and students and all that they do to make our school a success.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like any additional information about our school.

Contact an Administrator

Principal: Claudia Steinacker 
Assistant Principal: Christine Ramirez
Assistant Principal Intern: Chris Symons 

School Theme & School Song

School Theme 2021-22

Five Dens…One Pond…Otter Strong!

School Song

Watch our School Song, performed by Mr. Watson and Mrs. Byrd!

Otter Learning Motto

Today is a great day for learning! I will work hard and look for opportunities to grow. I will do my very best with what I can. Today, I will achieve success.

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

PBIS Gold Model School

2019 – 2020

2017 – 2018

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015