Back-to-School Year Info

Arrival and Dismissal Information
At this point, we are encouraging YMCA. We will take ALL students in YMCA up until they are full. Outsourced providers/agencies are to submit a written CDC plan for safety for School Age Services to review. At this time, the following daycare providers have been approved for pickup:

- Karate Studio
- Gymnastics USA
- Ladybird Academy Wickham Park
- Kiddie Academy
- Kenpo Karate

Please contact the YMCA program if you are in need of before and/or after school care for your child. This is for students who are attending face to face at our school. Go to YMCA of Central Florida (
  1. Click on Programs and Classes
  2. Click on School Programs
  3. Click on Elementary (this is where the registration link is located)
    Additional YMCA Information
As another safety precaution, students will not be unloaded from vehicles or allowed to enter the building until 8:40 a.m. This will allow students to go directly to their classrooms upon entering the building. We strongly encourage parents to drive through the car circle.

Additional Information regarding arrival and dismissal:
- The doors will not open until 8:40 and students will go directly to their classrooms; they will not be permitted to sit in the halls as in years past. In an effort to help stagger drop off, students will not be marked tardy until 9:00.
- There is flexibility with attendance, tardies, homework, but safety precautions will not be flexible.
- YMCA and the above listed day cares are the only options right now in an effort to minimize exposure beyond our school. If another after school option approaches the school with a request, their plan and procedures will be taken into consideration before approval. This is in an effort to keep our students, teachers, staff members, and families as safe as possible.
- If you are having issues enrolling in YMCA, please visit YMCA Registration Information or email [email protected].

Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation with these changes and for helping keep our students and staff safe.

Dismissal Information
In order to maintain necessary social distancing we are recommending all parents pick up their students from the car circle. We have also put the following procedures in place for student dismissal. 

  1. Bike Riders and Walkers will be dismissed at 3:00.  These students will be exiting through the lobby doors.  Please know that once students exit the building there will be no supervision.  Therefore, please do not sign your child up as a walker if you plan on picking them up in a car. Please use the car circle so your child is safe. ----Kindergarten students who are walkers will be picked up by their parent/guardian from the kindergarten door next to the bus loop at 3:00 p.m. Please make sure to remain socially distanced while waiting for your child.  Parents picking students up from this area must have a sign with their student’s name and teacher’s name on it.  This will assist teachers in expediting the dismissal process. Students will remain in their classroom until the parent/guardian comes.


  2. Car Riders will be called from their classrooms as their vehicle approaches the pickup area located under the pavilion.  Car tags are required to pick up all students


  3. Bus Riders and Day Care students will be called from their classrooms and asked to go to their designated loading area as their bus/van arrives.  We will continue to encourage social distancing while moving from the classroom to the dismissal location.

School staff will be located at all dismissal locations and throughout the building in order to assist students with the dismissal process and ensure they arrive at the appropriate dismissal location.

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch
Independence will be offering Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch for the first two weeks while everyone is learning through LaunchEd.

Pickup will be both Mondays, August 10 and August 17, from 3:00-4:00 PM.  You will receive a week of breakfasts and lunches at each of these two pickups.

As of August 24, Grab and Go times for the LaunchED students will be 3:27-4:15 PM.
Please pay in advance using the SchoolPay site.  (Free and reduced lunch applies to those who qualify.)

***When picking up food, please write your student's name and student number large and legible and place in your front window during pickup.  Cafeteria staff will need this information when distributing food.***

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LaunchED - Digital Learning

LaunchED is the OCPS digital learning program that allows teachers to use blended learning with technology.

Are you curious about the differences between LaunchED and Face-to-Face at Independence? More information.