For new and returning parents there are always questions about Deer Park. As the PTA president, it’s easy to forget what people don’t know or haven’t heard about, so this page is here to help! If you can think of a subject not on here that parents would want to know about, just drop me a line at email@example.com
School Hours – 7:35 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. Early release days end at 12:55
Drop off/Pick up policy – students are dropped off in the BACK of the school, alongside the cafeteria prior to 7:30 a.m. If you are later than 7:30, you will need to drop your student off at the front office. If you are LATE (past 7:35 a.m.) you will need to park and WALK your child into school to sign in. If you need to pick up your student early, please remember you must sign your child out before 1:25 (12:25 on early release) to avoid the buses. ONLY parents/friends/family who are on the emergency card on file will be allowed to pick up your student. It is IMPERATIVE you have an updated emergency card on file!!
Student Number – your child will be given a student number in kindergarten that will be used for their entire time in the Hillsborough School system. It’s important for students AND parents to have this number memorized, as it is used to sign in/out your student in the office, as their ID number in the cafeteria, on all checks sent to school (in the memo line), etc. Fun idea…make a password for your child’s tablet their student number so they memorize it quickly!
What’s the difference between Meet the Teacher and Open House? – Meet the Teacher is held before school starts, with families welcome to stop in and meet their teachers. Open House is typically held a couple of weeks after school starts, and is an adults-only evening, allowing teachers to go over curriculums and goals for the school year.
Does Kindergarten have specials?– No. Kindergarten has teacher-led recess time every day, creates art in class, and learns through song, so they do not have PE, Art, or Music class until the 1st grade.
How to Order Uniforms?
Please click the link below to visit our online store for your uniform shirts and Friday spirit shirts!
CLICK HERE to ORDER UNIFORMS
All orders are delivered directly to your home and can take up to 10 business days. There are NO EXCHANGES or RETURNS of shirts because the wrong size was ordered. Parents or guardians, please visit Deer Park’s office to see a sample size of shirts BEFORE you order.
If there is a mistake, PLEASE respond to your confirmation email so our vendor can best serve you. We hope you appreciate the convenience of direct shipping of uniforms! If you have general questions about sizing or order, please email our vendor http://deerpark.deco-uniforms.com/contact
All students MUST wear a Deer Park shirt, as specified below, Monday – Friday, with the option of a spirit shirt on Fridays ONLY. Khakis or navy blue shorts, skirts, or pants will be worn Monday – Thursday, with jeans allowed on Fridays or dress-down days.
Students can wear:
- Green or Gold polos WITH or WITHOUT the Deer Park logo
- Green or Gold dry-fit shirts WITH the Deer Park logo
- Green or Gold tee shirts WITH the Deer Park logo
- Green or Gold ladies fit shirts WITH the Deer Park logo
- School Spirit or Club shirts ONLY on Friday.
Jeans, shorts (no holes or tears above the fingertip length of jeans and shorts are allowed), pants, skirts, and leggings (only if the bottom is fully covered) are all acceptable for students.
Hillsborough County Dress Code-
Please note on any days students are out of uniform (picture day, spirit days, etc.) the Hillsborough school dress code will still be in effect.
- The dress and grooming of students shall be that which contributes to the health and safety of the individual and which is non-disruptive of the educational activities and processes of a school. The definition of the appropriate dress shall vary with the age of the student, the program of instruction, and the heating/cooling system of the building. Students have the right: to dress as they choose as long as their dress meets the approved dress and grooming regulations, does not disrupt school activities, is not obscene or defamatory, and does not endanger the physical health or safety of themselves or others. Students have the responsibility: to dress and groom in such a manner so as to reflect cleanliness, modesty, safety, and good taste; become familiar with and adhere to approved dress and grooming regulations of the School Board of Hillsborough County. Kindergarten – Fifth Grades
- Shoes shall be worn and securely fastened to the feet and have a low heel height. Footwear must be suitable for outdoor physical education classes and unsafe shoes such as “skate tennis shoes” are not allowed.
- Clothing that exposes the entire shoulder, tube tops, spaghetti straps, or similar type of clothing, may be worn only with a blouse or shirt. Clothing exposing the torso or the midriff, either front, back, or sides, shall not be worn. Underwear shall not be visible. Clothing shall not expose the mid-chest area. Mini skirts, mini-dresses, and short shorts are not permitted. Hemlines shall be no shorter than fingertip length. All pants and shorts shall be secured at the waist.
- Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Head coverings shall not be worn in the building unless required for religious observance or health-related reasons. The general appearance of a student should reflect neatness and good personal hygiene.
- Garments and/or jewelry that display or suggest sexual, vulgar, drug, gang, weapons, or alcohol-related wording or graphics, or that provoke violence or disruption in the school, shall not be worn. Wallet chains shall not be worn.
Dress Down Days
What is Dress Down Day? – Roughly once a month, the PTA holds a dress-down (or uniform-free) day at school. Students still must adhere to Hillsborough County school’s dress code though. There is a cost of $1 for these non-uniform days, with the money going toward the PTA to keep costs low or free for our events at school. In addition, the 5th grade benefits from a few of these dress-down days to support the 5th-grade banquet and end-of-year festivities.
Dress Down Days are a huge fundraiser for our PTA. Each of those dollars helps us host the multiple events that we hold each and every year for our school community.
If your child is sick or unable to attend school, please call the school attendance line at 813-854-6031 ext. 1.
Please leave your child’s first and last name, teacher’s name, YOUR first and last name, your phone number, and the reason for your child’s absence.
NOTE- even with a phone call, you will get an auto-generated email/phone call to ensure you know your child was absent that day.
If your child has a fever above 100.4, they must stay out of school for 24 hours after the fever.
Please click HERE for Hillsborough County Attendance Policy.
Should my student stay home?
Here are 5 reasons a child should miss a day of school.
Kids are notorious for getting fevers, though the causes are sometimes unclear. Even without an explanation for the fever, kids should stay home if they have a fever above 100 degrees. WebMD explains that a fever is a sign that the body is fighting an illness and reports, “If it’s 101 F or higher, wait until your child is fever-free for at least 24 hours before sending her back to school.”
Diarrhea or vomiting
Vomiting is usually an easy symptom for parents to spot and a kid’s ticket for a day in bed. Diarrhea can be more difficult to notice, especially for kids who no longer need any help in the bathroom. Both of these symptoms should keep kids home at least for the day. Parents should take care not to send their child back to school too early and wait until they have not had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours.
Hand, foot, and mouth
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common childhood illness and highly contagious, though it is generally mild and runs its course on its own. It may begin with a fever and irritability, followed by blisters in the mouth and on hands and feet. Kids with HFMD should stay home until they have no fever and their sores have healed.
Cold or flu
Colds can last for more than a week, which makes it difficult to keep a child home for the duration of the illness. When the cold is at its worst, with heavy coughing and lots of nasal discharge, kids may need to stay home and rest. Kids who have influenza or a flu-like illness should stay home until they have not had a fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.
Illnesses treated by medications
If your child has an illness that is being treated with antibiotics — such as strep throat or pink eye — they often need 24 hours of treatment before returning to school. Other common conditions requiring treatment before going back to school include head lice and ringworm. Talk to your doctor about how long to keep your kids home while they are undergoing treatment.
Keeping kids home from school can be a big burden for working parents and difficult for kids who may fall behind on schoolwork. However, sending them to school when they are sick can be detrimental to the child and their classmates. These common symptoms are good reasons to give your kid a sick day. Contact your child’s pediatrician if you are unsure if your child is well enough for school.
You can find all bus routes information here.
Breakfast is FREE for ALL students, and school lunch is $2.25 daily. To pay for your child’s lunch, you can either go to My payments plus to set up online payments, or send a payment in an envelope with your child’s name, Student ID, and teacher’s name all clearly marked in your child’s agenda.
Please note: free and reduced lunch applications must be submitted each year. Visit HERE to apply online.
Please click here to download your breakfast/lunch menus
Special Dietary Needs – Some menu/food modifications may be requested by using a Student Nutrition Diet Prescription for special meals. You can find this form in the front office at the school.
We LOVE our Volunteers! No job is too small, there is something for everyone…
Don’t forget to fill out the Volunteer Application “Y.E.S.” form!
This form MUST be completed & approved by the county prior to allowing any volunteers or visitors access to campus.
If you have any questions please contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
After School Providers
- Child Life Preschool – 813-818-7110
- Club J Afterschool at The JCC on the Cohn Campus – 813-769-4748
- HOST (@ Deer Park) 813-854-6031 ext. 255
- KeyStone Children’s Academy 813-926-5742
- Kids R Kids – 813-926-5437
- Lugo’s Martial Arts – 813-920-7590
- Primavera Preschool – 813-855-6718
- Primrose School -813-814-9685
- Protential Sports @ Waterchase – 813-843-9460
- Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 813-855-1760
- Smart Start – 813-855-7333
- Tampa Elite Sports Academy -813-443-5067
- The Growing Tree – 813-920-9367.
- Traditional Martial Arts – 813-855-6666
- Traditional Tae Kwon-Do Center of Westchase (traditional orange) 813-475-5956
- Vinh’s Tae Kwon-Do – 813-882-8000
- Westchase Impact Martial Arts – 813-600-5260
- YMCA – 813-249-8510