Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about our schools, our FAQ page is the best place to find the answer. We've provided answers to the questions we are asked most frequently, but if you don't find what you need here, we're always happy to answer your questions personally. Just give us a call!
How do I enroll my child at Otto-Eldred?
We are thrilled to welcome new members to our community! Please visit our Registration page for the information about enrolling your child at one of our schools. You may also download and print a copy of the registration forms and bring the completed forms, together with the required documentation, to the main office of the school your child will attend.
Does your school offer breakfast and lunch?
We operate an excellent nutrition program at each campus. Our cafeterias serve breakfast and lunch every school day for a reasonable price, as well as a free supper option after school. We also participate in the federal free and reduced price lunch program for those who qualify. For more information or to apply for free/reduced meals, please see our Food Services page.
What if my child requires medication during the school day?
We will administer medication in accordance with state regulations and with physician and parental approval. Please complete our medication authorization form, and bring medications in the original, labeled packaging to the front office. If you have questions, our Health Services team will be happy to help.
Do you provide transportation services?
We are pleased to provide our students with safe, reliable transportation to and from school each day. We consider bus riding a privilege and expect all students to adhere to the rules for their own safety as well as the safety of others. For information on bus policies, schedules, and routes, please visit our Transportation page.
What is Parent Portal and how do I get a username and password to use it?
Our Parent Portal is just another way we keep communication between home and school strong. It provides you with almost real-time access to your child’s grades, attendance history, and other important information. To receive your login information, please call the front office.
What are the school hours?
Arrival: 7:50–8:05 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:45–3:05 p.m.
To view the high school and middle school bell schedules, please visit their website.
What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school?
If your child must miss school, please call the school office on the day of his/her absence. For information about attendance requirements and what qualifies as an excused absence, please refer to our student handbooks.
What if my child needs to leave school early?
A parent or guardian must sign out and pick up students at the front office. Students with a valid driving license may leave campus with prior written permission from a parent/guardian and approval from the principal.
Do you enforce a dress code at Otto-Eldred?
We expect our students to dress in an appropriate manner at all times. Student dress may not present a health or a safety hazard, violate municipal, county, or state law, or present a potential disruption of the educational process. Generally, we do not allow:
- Spandex, stretch cotton shorts, skirts, or dresses that measure more than three inches above the top of the kneecap when in a kneeling position
- Torn, frayed, see through, or mesh clothing—even if worn over appropriate clothing
- Spaghetti-straps or shirts and dresses with less than three inches of a sleeve
- Clothing that exposes any part of the wearer's midsection, even if covered with or by appropriate clothing
- Clothing with any logo, writing, symbols, or numbers that reflect violence, malicious behavior, offensive language, sexual innuendo, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or anything otherwise considered disruptive or gang related
- Excessively baggy or large coats and sagging pants (i.e. gang-related, trench, or “goth” styles)
- We define "excessively baggy" as pants being bunched at the waist under a belt, pants with a low-hanging crotch, pants that cover the feet of the wearer, or drag on the floor.
- Non-prescription dark glasses worn on the face or head, hats, caps, or other headgear unless designated for a specific purpose
- Exposed body tattoos and piercings (we allow up to two earrings per ear)
- Students on school property or at any school activity to wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, bandana, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other items perceived as evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang
Will my child have access to the Internet while on campus?
Students can access the Internet for homework and school-related research from our computer lab, library, and some classrooms under the supervision of qualified school personnel. We require all students to abide by our Acceptable Use Policy. We expect our students to behave responsibly on school computer networks.
How can I get more involved?
We strongly encourage your involvement. Please take the time to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and let him or her know that you’re interested in getting involved. We also invite you to join the parent-teacher organization at your school and make your voice heard! Parents can also support their child’s education in some basic ways, including:
- Encouraging your child to get plenty of sleep
- Offering a healthy diet, including a good breakfast (or getting your child to school early enough to eat breakfast in our cafeteria)
- Helping your child get up in plenty of time for school
- Providing neat, clean, comfortable clothes