Dragon Digest

2021-2022 Parent Edition July 30, 2021

A Message from DOES Administration

We are excited to welcome everyone to Denham Oaks Elementary for the 21-22 school year! Please read through this Dragon Digest for important information about Meet the Teacher on August 5th, and much more. We will begin publishing out Dragon Digest each Friday beginning with this publication. The Dragon Digest can be accessed through your email (please check your emergency card via MyStudent to make sure your email is accurate), our Website, or Bloomz. The Dragon Digest is for going to be for parents and is our main form of communication, so please read it each week to stay up-to-date with events!

We am looking forward to an amazing school year and can't wait to see everyone back on campus!

Kelly Wisneski, Principal


Chasity Vento, Assistant Principal


To access your child's teacher and pay fees, parents must:

- Have an active Parent Portal on myStudent

- Have a major credit card available to pay student fees online

- Students who have not enrolled at DOES by July 30th will not be able to see their teacher or be able to pay fees. Their schedules will be viewable no later than August 10th. All students must pay their school fee of $29 once their teacher is visible.

Meet the Teacher Information

Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 9am-1pm

Please practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings on campus. We are asking that only one adult attend with students. We are limiting it to 4 families at a time in each classroom. If you arrive at your child's room and their are already 4 families in there, please be patient and wait outside for a family to leave. You can come any time between 9am-1pm. The campus will be closed at 1pm for a Staff Meeting, so plan to arrive by 12:40pm so you have ample time to meet the teacher.

PTA will be set up out front as well. Please stop by their table and sign up to be a member of PTA. They are a wonderful supporter of our staff and students at DOES.

Outside each pod will be a table with where you can pick up your car tags. Please make sure you have one made before you leave if you plan on your child being a car rider or escorted walker.

If you arrive on campus and don't know who your child's teacher is, you will be asked to come the cafeteria to create your myStudent Parent Portal. Once that is created you can pay your fees and find your child's teacher.

School Bell Hours

It is very important that students are in school bell to bell to maximize their learning.

~9:15 am Campus open, breakfast served

~9:40 am Tardy Bell

~3:50 pm Dismissal Bell

Online Free & Reduced-Price Meal Applications

This school year all meals for students are free of charge. This includes both breakfast and lunch. Please make sure to submit your

application. See below.

***Applications available for the 2021-2022 school year. All members of the household should be

included on the application (1 application per household). Click here to complete your application


Student Code of Conduct

Our goal is to work together to provide a quality education and safe environment for all students. We

know that providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students is essential to student

learning. Therefore, it is important that parents and/or guardians read and discuss the Code of

Student Conduct with their children. We need your support to teach and reinforce the student rules of


Click Here

Health & Wellness / Reopening Guidelines

Public Health Actions:

Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the

traditional school experience, while providing effective safeguards to protect the health and safety of

students and staff.

  • Practice safe social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
  • Post signage and provide lessons to strongly encourage frequent hand washing and hygiene
  • practices.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available throughout the campus.
  • Increase cleaning protocols throughout each campus, including replacing air filters more
  • frequently.
  • Limit group gatherings.
  • Face coverings are optional for students and staff on campus.
  • Self Screener for symptoms is required for all staff and students daily prior to arriving on campus or on the school bus.
  • Ensure any staff or students who exhibit symptoms are not at school or in the workplace.
School Bus Safety:
  • Students can to wear face coverings on the bus.
  • Clean high touch areas between runs.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available on each bus.
  • Disinfect each bus thoroughly at the end of each day.
  • At the elementary school level, we are creating a cohort isolation model, where students will spend
time on campus with the group of students in their class, including in the classroom, the cafeteria,
media center, and the playground. Interaction with students from other classes will be limited to the
greatest extent possible. If a student displays symptoms of illness, it will likely impact their cohort
classmates, and not the entire school, in terms of quarantine or other interventions. Additional
information can be found on our District Web Page.

Student Self-Screener

Pasco County Schools expects that all parents/guardians will complete this pre-entry screening tool

daily on behalf of their child before the child attends school. These are questions for you to check each

day with your child. You do not need to send this form in.

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Parent COVID Response Protocol

School and parent partnerships are critical to ensuring all students are properly supported, and that

staff have the information they need to assist students. A Parent Response Protocol has been

developed to assist parents in understanding the health and safety procedures established by Pasco

County Schools


All students will have a transportation band attached to their backpack on the first day of school. Please do not remove this tag as we use it daily to verify dismissal.

Bus Riders

All bus passes will be generated when families complete the Digital Emergency Cards. Busses tend to run a bit slower at the beginning of the school year. We take attendance and verify that all students are on the correct busses. Please be patient as you wait for your child to get to their bus stops. If we have late busses arriving on campus, you will receive a phone call letting you know. This year our system will take up to 48 hours to generate a pass. Please review the Transportation Services Orientation Information.

Car Riders

All car riders must have a blue car tag from the 21-22 school year clearly hanging in your car. If you do not have a car tag for the 1st day of school, please call our office on Monday, August 9th. We will have one ready for you at dismissal. If you do not have a car tag, we will need to see ID and verify with the Emergency Card. You will be asked to stay in the car line as we

verify. We ask that you be patient with us on the first few days of school. You can expect a longer process to

ensure the safety and security of our students. All car riders pick must enter off Oak Grove by only turning right into the school. Parents are not permitted to turn left from St. Road 54 into the school during arrival or dismissal. For everyone's safety (and respect), you will need to drive down Oak Grove the the END of the car line to get in line to pick up your child. Please do not make U-turns in front of the school to cut in front of others who have been patiently waiting.


You will need to let your teacher know if your chid is an Escorted or Unescorted Walker. All walkers will be walked by school staff to the walker gate. Parents MUST have a blue "car tag" with your child's name on them to pick up your child. We will not be having parents come past the gate to pick up your child. We do ask that you stand in an orderly fashion, our staff will release your child once they make contact with you. We will not just release them to all families at once.

Dismissal is an important time to show grace and patience to other parents and school staff. We are going to ensure that we know how every child got home each day. This takes time and we appreciate your understanding. Any changes in dismissal must be communicated in writing to your child's teacher and we ask that you send an email to Sandy Amaral at samaral@pasco.k12.fl.us to let the front office know of this change as well. This will help ensure that your child goes home the correct way.

Stay Connected with Us!

We have many avenues of communication to stay connected with families. Keep an eye out!


Dragon Digest Newsletter

Denham Oaks Website https://does.pasco.k12.fl.us/

School Messenger (Phone and Email)

Denham Oaks PTA Facebook Page Denham Oaks PTA