Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the school? If so, start by reading the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, please feel free to ask your question by clicking here or call 813.346.0700.

What are the student hours for Wiregrass Elementary?
Student hours are 9:40 AM – 3:50 PM.

What grades are available at the school?
Wiregrass Elementary has classes from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Pre-K services is not available.

What technology is available at the school?
WRES incorporates many forms of technology, including interactive projectors, AppleTV’s, small group collaboration stations, iPads, MacBook laptops, 3-D computing stations, and much more. We look to leverage as many forms of technology as possible to enhance learning and engagement at the school.

Are students allowed to bring their own technology?
Yes, we have a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) program at the school. All personal technology brought to the campus should be able to be used for the learning process and should not be used for distractions. The school cannot assume liability for these devices, but will work with families to support how they can be used to advance learning both on campus and at home. For more information on our BYOD program, click here.

Is there be a PLACE program (before/after school care) at WRES?
Yes, there is  PLACE at WRES. The PLACE staff are onsite to care for children from 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Additional information and registration process questions can be directed to the district PLACE staff at 813.794.2180 or by clicking here.

Are uniforms required?
WRES follows the Pasco County Schools Dress Code. We have developed a line of WRES spirit wear for students and staff that bring a sense of identity and community for everyone at the school. These items are optional and available for purchase through our PTA.

Does the school have services for students in the gifted program?
Yes, WRES serves students who have a Gifted Education Plan through an inclusion model. This means that gifted services are embedded in all subjects and part of every day learning. Students do not have to leave the classroom in order to receive such services.
Are there concerns about radiation from the cell tower across the street?
This tower has been in place for multiple years. There has not been any evidence of safety problems during this time.
What are the homework expectations at the school?
We expect most of the academic practice students engage in will occur during school hours. Teachers will provide individual parents with supplemental resources for their children to use to build up skills they might be struggling with. In addition, we will provide a list of other “home based learning” options that are shown to stimulate learning (i.e. reading, physical activities, visiting parks, museums, etc). Parents are encouraged to use these options to craft the best learning opportunities for their child.
Does the school have a bike rack for students?
Yes, WRES has a bike rack place near the main office and main entrance of the school. It has easy access for coming onto and leave the campus.
Are parents be allowed to park and drop off and pick up from school?
Parents are allowed to walk their children to class during the first week of school. After that, we encourage parents to drop off and pick up their children via the car loop. On occasions, parents might need to pick up or drop off outside the normal school hours. This will be available via the school office.
How are teachers supported and held to high standards?
Teachers are supported through individual and small group coaching, professional development, and guidance from our onsite Learning Design Coach and Administration. In addition, they will have access to Regional and District resources. Parents, teachers, and school leaders will work together to identify and monitor progress towards intentional outcomes that reflect learning.
How did you choose the school colors?
The colors were chosen by the architect who designed the school.
Is this school very good?
Yes. It is awesome. It is epic. It is amazing. We aim to be nationally recognized for excellence within five years.