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Can students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) attend Horizon Charter?
The majority of students IEPs can be implemented on our campus. Parents are encouraged to listen to our video presentation for basic information, then ask additional questions of the Admissions Teacher who leads the presentation. Note: Parents are reminded that student goals and objectives are addressed based on consideration of the needs of the student, and the components of our program.
Does Horizon Charter School have more than one teacher on staff who is certified to work with Students With Disabilities (ESE)?
Currently, half of all Certified Professional Teachers at Horizon Charter school are certified to work with ESE students. All of the Administrators of Horizon Charter School are Certified to work with ESE students.
How are students with IEPs served at Horizon Charter?
Students are served in many ways, some of these include Support Facilitation, Co-Teach and FUSE. The only needs served by a Resource Model at Horizon are some aspects of Speech/Language.
Can students with a 504 Plan attend this school?
Horizon Charter is able to address the accommodations found in most 504 Plans.
How early can I drop off my child in the morning?
Students may be dropped of at 7:45 in the morning, however school begins at 8:15. Early care is available starting at 7:15 for a fee of $5.00 daily.

Student safety is of primary concern to the Staff and Governing Board of Horizon Charter. Any student who comes on school property prior to 7:45 will be placed in our Before Care program, and a fee charged. Any person, adult or student, on the property prior to 7:15 will be considered as tresspassing. Parents may not leave a student on Horizon Charter property unattended.
How late may I pick my child up in the afternoon?
Pickup begins at 3:00. A courtesy period for pickup extends until 3:30. Any child still at the school after 3:30 will be placed in Aftercare and charged a fee.

Please be aware that at times a parent may arrive slightly after 3:30 (3:32, 3:35) and expect to have this fee waived as they are "Only a few minutes late" For example, a parent may arrive at 3:32 and expect to have his or her fee waived as the are only two minutes late. A parent arriving at 3:32 is, in fact, 32 minutes late. Our courtesy period is 30 minutes long to allow a generous window for pickup. Please be aware of this fact and either time your arrival before 3:30, or be prepared to assume responsibility for the Aftercare fee.
If I choose to come to the front office to pick up my child in the afternoon, how soon should I arrive?
Parents are STRONGLY requested to pick their child up through the regular pickup line. Should you have an urgent reason to pick you child up, you must make that request at our Front Office window no later than 2:45. Due to safety concerns, since families must cross our dismissal line to reach their cars, we will not call students to the front window for dismissal between 2:50-3:10. Please be aware of this policy and make plans to arrive by 2:45 if you must pick you child up from the front office.
What is pick up time on days when we have an early dismissal?
Pick up for early dismissal beings at 11:30 and ends at 11:45.
In the afternoons, if my child forgets an item, can he or she return to the school for that item? Can I send he or she back in for this item?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for a student to return to the building in the afternoons. During pickup, our staff is totally absorbed in ensuring that all of our students make a safe exit from school. Any forgotten items will be held by the teacher for your child to pick up the following day.

Should a family forget and send a child back in to the school after pickup, we will seat that child in the Front Office until the parent can walk in to retrieve the child. Horizon Charter is responsible for a safe pickup of a student from our school to his or her parent. While, as a parent you may make the decision that your child is safe crossing the pickup line, the school does not consider this a safe exit.
How can I communicate with my child's teacher?
There are many great ways to communicate with your child's teacher. One of the most effective is email, because it allows the teacher to respond to your questions when she is able to best concentrate on your information. You may also request a phone conference with your child's teacher or you may call the school secretary to schedule an appointment. Please do not rely on your child to deliver a verbal request; we ask that you communicate with us directly in some form.
Is it acceptable for me to "drop in" to ask my child's teacher a question?
Student safety is a priority at HCST. Between the hours of 7:45am and 3:30pm your child's teacher is actively engaged in monitoring students. Student security and safety depend on the teacher's attention to her class. These times are not appropriate times for a discussion. We ask that you utilize the forms of communication previously mentioned. If the need is urgent, you may direct your request to our office staff and they will be happy to work with you to meet your needs.
May I eat lunch with my child?
Of course! We would be happy for you to eat lunch with your child whenever you find the opportunity. It is not necessary to call ahead, but it is advisable that you make sure of the time your child's lunch is scheduled.
What should I do if I feel that my child has a learning disability?
The Horizon Charter staff tries diligently to monitor students for any learning problems, but occasionally parents come to us from other educational settings with concerns. Speak to your child's teacher about the situation and drop a note for your child's file. She will begin the process for you.
Does Horizon Charter School of Tampa have a parent involvement group?
HCST has an awesome group of parents! Those wishing to join this group may obtain contact numbers by calling the front office staff at 813-887-3800 and asking for the current contact information.
Who can pick up my child?
Any person who is listed on your child's emergency card is authorized to pick up your child from school. Additionally, if you have an emergency situation and need to have someone that is not listed pick up your child, you may call the school and give us the name of that person. That person should arrive, with picture identification, and can then take the child with them.
May my child have a cell phone at Horizon Charter?
Yes, we recognize that a cell phone is a valuable safety device. Our policy for cell phones is that the phone should be turned off and given to the homeroom teacher at the start of the school day. The phone will remain locked in a secure location until the student is preparing to leave for the day. No student should have a cell phone on his/her person during the school day.
May my child bring a backpack to Horizon Charter?
Students may bring the backpack of their choice, so long as it adheres to the following limitations: 1) No inappropriate or disruptive symbols, words or pictures. 2) No bags with wheels, lights, or music. 3) No stuffed animal backpacks 4) No bags larger than 18in x 14In x 11in. HCST works with students to make the most of each instructional day, so homework is kept to a minimum. As a result of this, we ask that the child carry only: 1) a take-home folder, 2) an independent reading book of his/her choice and 3) a lunch box (if applicable).
How will I know if it is a non-uniform day at Horizon Charter School?
Non-Uniform days will be announced by a hand-out during pickup time. If you will check the "Important Dates" section of our monthly newsletter, you will usually find these dates pre-identified.
What should I do if I know in advance that I need to take my child out of town?
We realize that situations do arise a student must be absent for unavoidable reasons other than poor health. If you find yourself in this situation, we ask that you contact your child's teacher before you leave to arrange a "pre-excused" absence. This will allow you and your child's teacher to work together to minimize the impact to your child's academic situation and to provide work for the missed time period.