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Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

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.  Dismissal Begins at 3:55.

No One is Allowed on Campus Without An Appointment. Parents who need to pick up their child early from school must fill out an online Otter Runner Request, which will serve as the appointment time. Latest early pickup time is 3:15 – no exceptions.

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 must be made online through the Online Otter Runner form.

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.