Information for Parents


Dear Columbia Families,

We are pleased to welcome you to another great year at Columbia Elementary!  Our professional faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best programs for our students’ educational success.  Learning extends beyond a classroom experience.  Your child’s education will be enhanced by the partnership between home and school.  Columbia Elementary is proud of its students’ achievements and success as we celebrate another year as being recognized by the Florida Department of Education as an “A” school, a recipient of the Five Star School Award and the Golden School Award.

These accomplishments are a result of the joint effort between a dynamic staff and a supportive community.   There are numerous opportunities for you to become involved in your child’s education.  The PTA is always looking for parent volunteers, teachers need additional help in their classrooms, and there are many events where volunteers (ADDitions) are always welcomed and needed.   

Communication is vital to the home/school partnership. Information will be shared through student planners, monthly grade level newsletters, phone messaging system, Connect ED, and the Columbia Elementary website You can subscribe to the Columbia Elementary School e-mailing list by clicking hereMy written communication to you will be on blue paper so it is easily recognizable.

It is the mission of Orange County Public Schools and Columbia Elementary faculty and staff to lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community. Thank you for your cooperation and for entrusting your child to our care.  We look forward to fulfilling your child’s Dreams, Inspiring their learning, and celebrating their Achievements.

Putting Children First,

Karen Finkelstein          


 SCHOOL HOURS:  8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY EARLY DISMISSAL:  8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Office - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Staff - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:15 am and no later than 8:40 am. Students arriving after the second bell at 8:45 am are considered tardy and must report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class. Pursuant to Fla. Stat. Section 232.25:

(1). Orange County Public Schools employees are not responsible for supervising students not authorized to participate in school sponsored activities. 

(2). Orange County Public Schools employees are not responsible for supervising students arriving on these premises more than 30 minutes before school sponsored activities begin or students remaining on these premises more than 30 minutes after the end of school sponsored activities.

(3). Under no circumstances should parents or guardians rely upon Orange County Public Schools employees to supervise students outside the scope of this statute.   

Student safety is a priority at Columbia Elementary.  It is important that the following procedures are followed.

    • No adult supervision is available for students arriving earlier than 8:15 a.m. or remaining at school later than 3:30 p.m.
    • If it becomes necessary to CHECK OUT YOUR CHILD EARLY, YOU MUST DO SO BEFORE 2:30P.M. No child will be checked out between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. (1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Wednesdays) for safety reasons.
    • Teachers must know how your child will go home from school each day.
    • CHANGES IN TRANSPORATION require a WRITTEN or FAXED NOTICE to the school and must be submitted to the school no later than 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Wednesday). Telephone calls will not be accepted.
    • If your child needs to be on campus prior to 8:15 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m., he/she must be enrolled in our Extended Day program.
    • If an unforeseen emergency arises during the day resulting in a late pick up, please notify the office immediately so that proper arrangements can be made for the student.
    • All students must ride their assigned bus. No bus changes or stop changes will be honored.
    • Please discuss with your child in advance if there is to be any change in their standard dismissal plan on a rainy day. The classroom teacher will need a copy of the plan.
    • Parents of students remaining on campus for additional help or disciplinary reasons will be notified.



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