July 19, 2021
Dear DeSoto Trail Community,
We hope you're enjoying your summer, Trailblazers! Thank you to our faculty, staff, and DTES families for all of your support this past school year to ensure our students were healthy, safe, and successful. Now, it's time to start planning for the new school year. If you're new to DTES, please be sure to enroll your child(ren) as soon as possible so we can be staffed appropriatly to meet the needs of our students.
If you haven't already, please join our Listserve for school information. Be sure to follow LCS and DeSoto Trail on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information about school events. Our office is open, but please remember we are still encouraging visitors who are unvaccinated to wear a mask and social distance in the lobby area. Feel free to call us between the hours of 7:45am and 4:15pm, Monday-Friday (during the regular school year) if you have any questions or concerns. Be safe and healthy as we get through this pandemic together.
Just a reminder that our office is closed on Fridays during the summer, starting the week of June 14th and ending the week of July 26th. We will return to our regular office hours, Monday-Friday, starting on Monday, August 2nd.
After conferring with the Leon County Health Department and our School Board members, Leon County Schools has decided to make masks optional for students, teachers, staff, and visitors for the summer and for the 2021-2022 school year. We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and to continue their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Our theme for the 2021-22 school year will be "Mission Possible: Building a Bridge to Success." We will do all we can to ensure our Trailblazers are successful, despite the challenges we still face with the ongoing pandemic. We understand some students may have encountered some learning gaps last school year, regardless of our best efforts, so we are making it our mission to meet our students where they are and build upon their strengths so they maximize their learning potential.
We are continually registering new students. Registration is now online. Please see registration procedures under the "Our School" tab on our website. You may also contact our office for more information regarding the documents needed to complete registration for students who live in our school zone or who have been approved by the School Choice office to attend DTES.
While visitors and volunteers are not allowed on campus at this time, when we do get clearance that they may return, ALL visitors must sign in through the Raptor system in our front office and get a name badge before coming onto campus. Visitors who have already had their license scanned may use the self-check-in computer kiosks in the front office. It is recommended that new parents to DTES scan their licenses before the first day of school to ensure a smooth sign-in process.
We understand that this procedure may be an inconvenience, but the safety and security of our students is always our number one priority. When we get clearance for parents to again walk their child(ren) to class, please account for the time it will take to check in through the office. Student tardies caused by check-in procedure delays will not be excused.
We are excited that DTES has a full-time School Security Monitor and a full-time Behavioral Specialist to support our school safety and mental health initiatives on campus. We welcome our community’s support and presence on campus while still ensuring the safety and security of our faculty, staff, and students.
Our regular office hours during the school year are 7:45am to 4:15pm. School starts at 8:30am and is dismissed at 2:50pm. Student supervision is from 7:45am to 3:15pm.
Should you have any questions, please contact me or our Assistant Principal, Dr. Cassandra Poole. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Mrs. Keltner was recognized by Superintendent Hanna and Scott & Wallace as the April Principal of the Month. Read more here: https://scottandwallacelaw.com/michele-keltner-desoto-trail-elementary-school-principal-named-leon-county-schools-principal-of-the-month
Pursuant to federal law, students may not be denied a public education. As such, Leon County Schools is committed to providing a world class education in a safe environment for all students--regardless of immigration status.
LCS administrators will continue to enforce Board Policy 5540 in relation to non-DCF law enforcement investigations involving students on campus. This policy requires parents’ consent in order to provide access to students unless there is a warrant or an exigent/emergency circumstance such as an investigation involving a missing child.
LCS counselors have been trained to provide support for students and families who may be impacted by changes to federal law. The safety and security of all our students will continue to be our top priority.