Welcome! 2020-2021

Three things to Do....

1. Read Important Information

  • Visit https://dcps.duvalschools.org/domain/11723 or www.teamduval.org for information related to the reopening of DCPS schools.
  • Follow Duval County Public Schools, Waterleaf Elementary, and Waterleaf Elementary PTA on Facebook for updates.
  • Review the attached guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.

2. Enroll Your Child

  • There is no action needed if your child has previously attended WLE and will be attending face-to-face instruction this year.
  • The deadline for enrolling in Duval HomeRoom through your parent Focus account was July 31, 2020. You are still able to apply, but you will be coded as late and may not receive instruction from a WLE teacher.
  • Sign up for bus transportation (registration required) through FOCUS at https://dcps.duvalschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=28229

3. Practice- Work with your Child on the Following

  • Wear a face covering in 30 minute increments.
  • Maintain 6 feet distance from others in public.
  • Wash hands frequently using proper procedures (20 seconds.)
  • Avoid touching non-personal items that belong to others.
  • Open up lunch items independently.

The information below reflects the TENTATIVE plan for reopening. Updates will be sent throughout the beginning of school.

Meet & Greet and Supply Drop Off:

  • WLE stands for Waterleaf Elem. meaning face-to-face instruction. DHR stands for Duval HomeRoom meaning virtual instruction.
  • WLE Meet and Greet will be a drive-through opportunity to meet the teacher and drop off school supplies.
  • DHR Meet and Greet will be a drive-through opportunity to meet the teacher and pick up materials. DCPS laptops stay at home with virtual learners.
  • Back-to-School Packets and car tags will be available during the Meet & Greet and Supply Drop Off for WLE students. Each car rider family will be given one tag. You can purchase additional tags for $1 (cash only) during the drive through.
  • Back-to-school packets and materials will be available during the Meet & Greet for DHR students.
  • Student DCPS masks will be given out at this time to ensure students have masks on arrival of first day of school.
  • Orientation will be virtual and will be available at 9:00am on Monday, Aug. 17th via TEAMS.

Meet and Greet: Dates and Times WLE--students coming to school; DHR--virtual learners

Tuesday, August 18th: WLE 3rd Grade--9:00am; WLE 4th Grade--10:00am; WLE 5th Grade--11:00am; DHR 3rd & 4th Grade--12:00pm; DHR 5th Grade--1:00pm

Wednesday, August 19th: WLE Kindergarten--9:00am; WLE 1st Grade--10:00am; WLE 2nd Grade--11:00am; DHR Kindergarten--12:00pm; DHR 1st & 2nd Grade--1:00pm

Classroom Assignments:

  • Homeroom assignments will be mailed on August 12th. Please make sure FOCUS has your updated address. You can email koerberk@duvalschools.org if you need to make changes.


  • All requested documents for new students can be emailed to Kathy Koerber at koerberk@duvalschools.org.
  • Back-to-School Packets can be returned to school with your child on the first day of school or emailed to your child’s teacher.

Extended Day:

  • Extended day registration is online this year. www.duvalschools.org/extendedday. This is a two-step enrollment process. The first step will be to apply. An online application does not mean you have a spot. You are officially registered when a director reaches out to you and you complete step 2 of the payment process. Please follow the steps for enrollment per the district website and wait for a director to email you. Please note that the system generates the list for the school and the Administration/ Extended Day directors must go by the order of the the list. Once a grade level is full, we will be unable to add additional seats due to Covid 19 guidelines.

First Day of School Drop Off (VPK and Kindergarten ONLY!)

  • Kindergarten parents will be permitted to drop off Kindergarten students at the exterior door on the first day of school. If you wish to do this, we ask that you arrive between 8:45-9:00. Please park in the front parking lot and walk your student to the car rider doors. Please have your mask on! Please practice social distancing at all times and do not linger. Staff will be outside to take student temperatures prior to them entering the building. Staff will be inside to escort your student to class. Parents are not permitted to enter the building. This will only be allowed for the first day of school and is only for Kindergarten students.

We love our Waterleaf Students!

Extended Day 7:00 AM-8:00 AM
  • Students arriving for Extended Day will have their temperatures checked by school personnel daily. Only students who pass screenings will be permitted into the building through the front door of the school. Parents must wait for the temperature check prior to drop off. The Extended Day assistant will sign-in your student.
School Arrival 8:00 AM-8:25 AM Please do not drop off your student prior to this time, as there is no supervision.
  • All students will be greeted and will have their temperatures checked when they arrive to school. Only those students who pass the screening will be admitted to class. Students who do not pass the screening will be escorted to a designated area in the Main Office to contact parents.
  • Parents may not walk their students into the building. If parents choose to walk with their student to the entrance, social distancing will be expected at all times.
  • All students will be asked to sit outside of their classroom in the hallways with facial coverings.
  • Students who arrive late must enter at the front door for a temperature check. Parents must wait for the temperature check prior to drop off.

Car riders

  • Parents can drive through the front or back car line. Temperature checks will be taken prior to the student getting out of the car. If the student has a temperature at 100.4 or above, the parent will be asked to take the student home.

Bus riders

  • Students will be greeted when they arrive. All bus riders will have their temp taken as they exit the bus. If a student has a temperature of 100.4 or above that student will be taken into the holding room and parents will be called.

Walkers and Bikers

  • Students will be greeted at the entrances. Temperature checks will be taken. If a student has a temperature of 100.4 or above that student will be taken into the holding room and parents will be called.

Dismissal Procedures:

  • If parents/guardians wish to check-out their students early, they will be asked to call the school when they are in the front parking lot/loop and meet a staff member at the front door. The student will be called to the front office with their belongings and walked to the front door. A staff member will check the ID of the parent/guardian and sign out the student for documentation.
  • No early checks out after 2:30 on regular school days.
  • No early check outs after 12:30 on Early Release days.
  • All classroom teachers are equipped with individual walkies for their classrooms to facilitate dismissal. Classroom teachers will be responsible for supervising their students in the room while other personnel will supervise students in assigned dismissal areas and hallways.
  • All students will have dismissal tags to identify their dismissal method. When dismissed, all students are expected to wear a mask and follow directional signage to their areas.

Car Riders: Dismissed at 2:50pm!

  • All VPK, Kindergarten and their older siblings will be lined up in the front hallway. Students will have to wear masks and will be socially distanced in hallways until their car is called.
  • Administration (or designee calling cars) will use the school radio to call for students in the order in which their parents are in line.
  • All cars must have a school-issued car tag with student names to ensure the process is safe and as efficient as possible. Car tags will be available at the drive-through Meet & Greet.

Bus Riders: Dismissed as buses arrive!

  • All Kindergarten bus riders must have a Kindergarten Bus Rider Information form completed before boarding the bus in the afternoon.
  • Kindergarten students will be escorted to the bus area. They will need to wear their face masks to the area while they wait to board bus.
  • 1st-5th students will be dismissed from their classroom to the bus at designated times. They will be asked to socially distance when walking in the hallway.
  • When the bus arrives, all students must wear their mask to load the bus and while riding the bus.

Walkers and Bikers: Dismissed at 2:45pm!

  • Kindergarten students must be picked up by a parent unless they sign a permission form for the Kindergarten student to leave with an older sibling. A signed form must be on file with the teacher.
  • 1st- 5th students will be dismissed from their homeroom. They will need to wear their masks as they walk through the building to their walker/biker rider exit.

Extended Day: Dismissed at 3:10pm!

  • Extended Day students will remain in their classroom with the homeroom teacher until 3:10 PM. At that time, the students will be escorted to extended day locations for snack. Students will be socially distanced in areas while they eat snack. K-3rd Grade students will go to the cafeteria and 4th & 5th Grade students will go to their designated Extended Day classroom.

Face Covering Expectations:

  • Students will be asked to wear face coverings when they are:
  1. Boarding/riding/departing the bus
  2. Entering the building
  3. Walking in common areas
  4. In the classroom when they cannot socially distance (small groups, carpet, centers, etc.) (face shields for K-2nd students only)
  5. In the cafeteria line
  6. Being dismissed
  • Face shields (K-2nd) and cloth masks (K -5th) will be provided for students. We recommend purchasing at least 3-5 extra masks to have one daily. Please write your child’s name on the back of the mask. Do not use Sharpie as they have a strong odor which may cause your child to take off their mask.
  • Face shields for 3rd-5th grade students are suggested, but are not provided by DCPS.


  • All students will be expected to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the classroom.
  • Teachers will have additional handwashing scheduled into the school day.
  • All students will have access to hand sanitizer.

Department of HEalth Guidelines:

  • The district is still working with the Department of Health for a list of guidelines in regard to students or staff testing positive for the virus. At this time, schools have been advised that they will report any positive cases to the district and department of health. At that time, the department of health will conduct a contact tracing investigation and provide the school with next steps. We will communicate any and all guidelines we receive from Department of Health as soon as we have them.

Prescription Medication Drop-Off:

  • Parents can contact the school for an appointment to drop-off prescription medication. It is important to bring all required documentation with you.
  • No nebulizers at this time. Please speak with our nurse, Jessica Hunter, for further information.


  • Free breakfast will be available to all students. Students will go through the breakfast "grab and go" line. Students will either eat their breakfast in the dining room, socially distanced or in their classroom.


  • Lunch for all students is free.
  • Students will eat their lunch in either the dining room or their classroom.
  • The cafe' will offer 3 entrée choices daily. Students will be able to choose entrée, but not sides. Lunches will be served in trays that have a lid.
  • Duval Homeroom students can come to the school to pick up a lunch between 10-11. These lunches will be served at the exterior door in the bus loop.
  • Students will sanitize hands before and after lunch times.
  • Lunch tables will be sanitized when a class leaves the area.

Lunch Account Payments:

  • Parents may use the www.myschoolbucks.com site or send in cash payments to add funds to their child’s account for ala carte items.
  • In-person payments are suspended until further notice.

Water Fountains:

  • All water fountains will be taped off and not in use this year.
  • Students may bring a water bottle and fill it at the sink in their classroom.
  • We recommend every student bring a personal water bottle daily.
  • Water coolers will be placed through out the building for student use.


  • All students will remain in their homeroom class for the majority of the school day. Instruction may be provided outside as deemed appropriate.
  • Departmentalized grade levels will switch teachers (not the students) at the assigned time.
  • Signage will assist students with traveling appropriately throughout hallways and common areas.


  • All students will enjoy at least 20 minutes of recess daily.
  • Students will transition from their classroom and be escorted to the assigned playground at a scheduled time.
  • Students are expected to remain in their assigned area and maintain an appropriate distance from other students.
  • Students will be asked to wear face coverings while outside if they are unable to socially distance by 6 feet.
  • The number of classes on the playground at one time will be limited.
  • Students will sanitize their hands prior to play and after playground time.


  • Art, music, media, and PE teachers will travel into the classrooms for resource. Instruction may be provided outside as deemed appropriate.
  • Students will sanitize hands before and after resource.

Field Trips:

  • Field trips are suspended until further notice.


  • All conferences will be held virtually until further notice. These will need to be scheduled in advance and can be held via phone, Skype, or Go To Meeting.

Open House:

  • Open House will be virtual. Date and time TBA.

Parent Involvement Meetings:

  • PTA, SAC, etc. meetings will be virtual until further notice.

VIsitors & Volunteers:

  • Visitors and volunteers will not be permitted inside the school building at this time to protect everyone’s safety.
  • Parents and other stakeholders will be provided assistance at the front door/barrier in the lobby of the school.


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