DeSoto Trail Elementary School

Challenging each student to blaze a successful trail to the future.

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  • Registration for Students New to LCS

School Hours

  • School Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
    Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.
    Supervision Hours: 7:45 a.m - 3:15 p.m.


  • Any time your student is absent from school or if you have any attendance related issues, please send a detailed email to You may send a message at any time, 24 hours a day!
    If your absence is Covid-19 related, or if you have any questions about our quarantine protocols, please also email our Covid-19 Liaison, Tia Griffiss, at

Upcoming Events

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Welcome Letter

  • September 15, 2021

    Dear DeSoto Trail Community,

    We are off to a great start of the 2021-22 school year, Trailblazers!  We are happy to have all our students back on campus this year. Thank you to our faculty, staff, and DTES families for your continued support to ensure our students are healthy, safe, and successful. We are all in this pandemic journey together! 

    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 strongly encouraging visitors 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, if you have any questions or concerns.

    ALL LCS employees are required to wear masks indoors.  Masks are required indoors for all students Pre-K-12th grade. In order for a child to be exempt from wearing a mask, the parent must provide the district's Medical Mask Opt-out Form.  This form is available on our website or in our front office. More detailed information will be coming from the district regarding the temporary protocols.  These protocols will be reviewed just prior to Labor Day, and will be updated accordingly.  You can review the information on the district's In Class tab on their website.  Be safe and healthy as we get through this pandemic together.


    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.


    In order to ensure you are receiving the latest school information, please sign up for our Listserve. The link is located on the left-hand side of our webpage.  Also, be sure to double-check with our registrar, LeJina Payne, to make sure we have your correct contact information.  See your child's teacher for your parent FOCUS log-in information.  This is very important for you to view your child's grades, attendance, test scores, etc., and if the district office needs to send a mass phone message out to our families.

    Events and Social Media

    Be sure to check out our FLICKR page for pictures of our Trailblazers who were hard at work and having fun during the school year.  Also, the school calendar on our website is a great way to keep up with all of the events happening on campus and upcoming Share Nights that are held at various business partner locations.  Another great way to stay connected on a daily basis is to watch our morning news show, WDTS.  Click on the link to our YouTube channel.  There you can find videos of not only WDTS, but a variety of events that take place at DTES.  See below on our webpage for a list of social medias where you can find DTES highlights and updates.

    School Hours

    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.   

    Pick-up & Dropoff

    ALL car-rider traffic will be at the front of the school.  Only Pre-K parents, with assigned parking passes, are able to park at the back of the campus.  There may be traffic congestion in the morning, and I appreciate everyone's cooperation throughout the school year.  Please be prepared to make adjustments in your schedule to ensure your children are at school on time.  In addition, we ask for your patience, as there may be long lines to pick up your children in the afternoon.  Be reminded that there are safe buses available for our Trailblazers to use, so you may want to utilize this option to avoid the much anticipated school traffic. One additional note is to please refrain from using your cell phones when utilizing the car pick-up/drop-off line and only have students enter cars from the passenger side of the car. We want to keep all Trailblazers safe.

    A reminder that the front parking lot gates will be locked at 4:30pm, and the back entrance of school, on Velda Dairy Road, will be used for all EDEP and after-school activities pick-up.

    Should you have any questions, please contact me or our Assistant Principal, Dr. Cassandra Poole. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

    Michele C. Keltner


  • Principal of the Month

    April 2021

    Mrs. Keltner was recognized by Superintendent Hanna and Scott & Wallace as the April Principal of the Month. Read more here:

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  • Leon County School’s Safe Schools Statement

    April 25, 2017

    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. 

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Nondiscrimination Notice

  • “No person shall on the basis of sex (including transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, color, pregnancy, disability, military status, or genetic information be denied employment, receipt of services, access to or participation in school activities or programs if qualified to receive such services, or otherwise be discriminated against or placed in a hostile environment in any educational program or activity including those receiving federal financial assistance, except as provided by law.” No person shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.

    An employee, student, parent, or applicant alleging discrimination with respect to employment, or any educational program or activity may contact:

    Deana McAllister, Assistant Superintendent
    Equity Compliance Officer
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7193

    Wallace Knight, Director
    Title IX Compliance Officer
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7193

    Tonja Fitzgerald, Director
    Equity Compliance Officer (Students)
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7309

    A student or parent alleging discrimination as it relates to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may contact:

    Jennifer Benton, 504 Specialist
    504 Specialist
    (850) 487-7317



Student Enrollment

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    Thank you for choosing Leon County Schools. The Office of Admissions is our centralized location to help parents/guardians through the process of enrolling your child into your local zoned school. Our Office of Admissions website will allow you to find all of the necessary information and requirements you will need to get your student properly enrolled quickly!

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