FAQs

Independence Elementary FAQs



Please see below for answers to common questions.  If your question is not listed, please call the office at 407-217-7727.

Where do I drop off in the morning?

Students can arrive at School starting at 8:20am.  All car riders will be dropped off in the car line.  Please do not cut through parking spots.  Please do not get out of the vehicle to let your student out and have them be able to exit from the passenger side.  Students should arrive by 8:40am and the tardy bell rings at 8:45am.

Where does my child enter the campus if they are a walker or bike rider?

Walkers will enter campus from the front of the building and walk around to the side door near car riders.  Bike riders will drop off their bikes in the bike rack area and walk around to the side door near car riders.  Please do not ride your bike on campus.

What if my child is late (tardy) to school?

Park in a parking spot and walk your child to the front office to sign them in and receive a tardy slip. Office staff will help your child get to class.  All tardies are unexcused.

Are there after school programs?

Yes.  Champions does before and after school care Monday-Friday.  Please visit the champions page for more information.  Wednesday through Friday we have various after school clubs.  This list changes throughout the year.  Please inquire with your teacher for more information.

Is there Day Care pickup after school?

Several Day Cares in our area provide transportation from Independence Elementary School after school to their place of business. Please contact the daycare to find out if they pick up and drop off at Independence Elementary School.

Where do we get school supply information?

2021-2022 School supply lists for each grade level are posted on our school website.  If you have additional questions, please contact the front office.

Where do we get school spirit shirts?

School spirit wear is available for purchase from the PTO.  Please check out the PTO Page on our website.  

What are the Dismissal Procedures?

Dismissal is at 3PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and at 2PM on Wednesdays.  Car riders will be given cartags at the beginning of the year and replacements can be picked up from the office.  Please be sure to tell your child's teacher how your child will go home from school (car rider, walker, after school care, daycare bus).  Send a note or email BEFORE LUNCH the day of anytime there is a change to how your child will go home from school.  If you are not picking up your child, the person that does has to be on the approved list and will be asked to show government issued ID for verification.
Walker pick up area is in front of the school for grade 1-5 and at the front bus loop side door for Kindergarten.    

What is the Severe Weather Dismissal Procedures?

Parents/Guardians will need to park and pick up students from the designated waiting area.  A government issued ID will be required for pick up.

What do I need to do if I need to pick up my child early?

Park in a parking spot and go to the front office and let them know your child's name, teacher, and reason for leaving.  Office staff will help you check your child out.  Please note:  students cannot be checked out 30 minutes prior to dismissal (2:30PM and 1:30PM on Wednesdays).

What is the procedure if I want to have lunch with my child?

At this time lunch with students is not permitted.

Can I bring food to my child's classroom?

At this time bringing food to the classroom is not permitted.

Which grades will have recess?

All elementary level grades (K-5) will have recess daily.

My student has an IEP. Will I need to do anything to get this transferred?

No.  If you have any questions regarding your student's IEP or services at Independence Elementary, please contact [email protected]

Do you offer gifted services?

Yes.  All students who qualify for the gifted program will receive gifted services through their assigned teacher.  

What safety provisions are in place for the school campus?

There is a 6ft fence around the playground and field.  In addition, all entry points require and employee ID badge to be scanned for entry.  The front office door is protected by a video doorbell and requires visitors to be electronically permitted into the office and again before accessing the door into the school.

Is there a School Resource Officer?

Yes.  We have an Orange County Sheriff's Deputy on campus daily. 

How do I register to volunteer at Independence Elementary?

Go to: https://ocps.samaritan.com Scroll down to Quick Links, click ADDitions Volunteers; Opportunity Search: Scroll down to opportunity type – click volunteers and type Independence in the search school box. Click Independence Elementary School. On the right opportunities will come up. Click on Become an ADDitions School Volunteer with Independence Elementary School opportunity then click sign up. If you are a returning OCPS volunteer previously registered in the system, click Login. If you are a new OCPS volunteer, click New Volunteer to register.
Returning Volunteers: You will login with the same username and password you used previously. If you are unsure of the password or username, you can click “forgot password or username” and the system will email you a link.
Once you are registered for the 2021-2022 school year you can return to the opportunity search page to sign up for additional opportunities at Independence Elementary School. Volunteer opportunities will be posted throughout the year so check back often!
Reminder: ADDitions applications must be updated each school year. Please apply/update your application early in the year. 
Volunteer Coordinator: Mrs. Hohman - 
[email protected]