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 800 students in grades K through five, with a VEPre-K 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 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.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information

UPDATED 8-19-2020.  School hours at Oakstead Elementary School are 9:30 AM – 4:08 PM.  Arrival begins at 9:20, First Bell is 9:30, Second Bell 9:40.  This year, morning arrival will begin at 9:20 am.

Carline Drop-off: Students WILL NOT gather in the front courtyard; they will go directly to their classrooms. Parents will not be allowed to park and walk their children to the front of the school in the morning.  Students arriving by car will be dropped off in the car loop. We have increased morning supervision to assist with arrival and the escorting of students to class.  Students needing breakfast will be able to purchase breakfast before going to their classrooms.  Pre-K FAMILIES ONLY: Safety expectations for our youngest otters require PreK families to walk their child to the fenced flag pole area where a staff member will pick up students.

Carline Pick-up: Parents must remain in their vehicles and have a 2020-21 car tag visible for OES staff.  Florida Law states that cell phone use is prohibited when operating a vehicle on school property.  Please remain patient and alert in the carline. ONLY PreK families will be permitted into the parking lot to park, as the PreK students will dismiss in the fenced flagpole area.

PLACE Drop-off: Families with students enrolled in PLACE will be allowed to drop off until 9:00 am in the bus loop. No vehicles will be allowed into the bus loop after 9 am or when school buses are on property.

PLACE Pick-Up: Afternoon PLACE pick-up will begin at 4:45 pm in the bus loop. Parent vehicles will not be allowed in the bus loop if school buses are on the property.  Children will not be called out of PLACE to the car loop for dismissal if an Otter Runner has not been requested.

Otter Runner Request: When parents need to request a change in the way their child goes home, the request

Dismissal: Dismissal will begin at 3:55 pm.  Students will receive colored bands to attach to the top handle of their backpacks, which shows how the student is going home.  The bands must remain on your student’s backpack for the first two weeks of school.  Students will be dismissed directly from his/her classroom.

Early Pick-up: No one is allowed on campus without an appointment.  Parents who need to pick-up their child early from school will need to schedule an appointment with the office to pick up before 3:15 pm. Please note, THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS MADE TO THIS PICKUP TIME. Please be sure to only sign children out when absolutely necessary as this does affect their instruction.  If you have any questions about arrival and dismissal, please contact our front office at 813.346.1500.


Our administrative team, comprised of our Principal Claudia Steinacker and our Assistant Principal Christine Ramirez, 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 either of us if you would like any additional information about our school.

Contact an Administrator

Principal: Claudia Steinacker csteinac@pasco.k12.fl.us 
Assistant Principal: Christine Ramirez cramirez@pasco.k12.fl.us

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

PBIS Gold Model School

2019 – 2020

2017 – 2018

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015