May 17, 2021
Dear DeSoto Trail Community,
We're down to the last few weeks of school, but there is still much to do and learn before the official end of the school year. We are proud of our dedicated faculty and staff that have worked tirelessly to meet students where they are and support their needs. We've grasped online learning protocols during this challenging year and are thrilled to be utilizing our new Chromebooks. We continue to welcome back more students to campus from DA, and are happy to report that our social distancing protocols are still in place to ensure we're all doing our part to stay healthy and safe.
If you haven't already, please join our Listserve for additional information. Be sure to follow LCS and DeSoto Trail on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information about school reopening. Our office is open, but please remember 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.
This year’s theme is Team Trailblazer. We are Trailblazers here, there, and everywhere. We are a team whether we are on campus, online, or anywhere in the world.
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 for the 2020-21 school year, 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.