GENERAL FAQ

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL’S HOURS?

Gates to the campus open at 6:30 a.m. The school buildings open at 8:35 a.m. and students are expected to be at school by 8:45 a.m. to allow time to put away books and other personal belongings before classes begin at 8:50 a.m. Students should be picked up from school no later than 4:30 p.m. unless they are engaged in a school-related function. See the Daily Schedule. NOTE: Some days are “special schedule” days, so times will be adjust on those days due to assemblies, special events or guest speakers.

Summer Office Hours – The school offices are open all summer from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

TERRAPIN BUS SERVICE

Tampa Prep currently offers morning bus service from the Brandon, Tampa Palms, Carrollwood and Westchase areas based on interest. The cost for this service is $600/semester or $1200/year. In addition to the semester and yearly morning service, please know that our Bus service is just that, a service. Should a family ever need to take advantage of our bus service for occasional purposes, students may hop on the bus and ask for an occasional bus ticket. Occasional bus tickets are $120 and allow a student a total of 12 rides.

The central pick-up locations and times for each area are listed below.

To sign up for the Terrapin Bus Service, complete this form. You must also print, sign and return the BUS SERVICE BEHAVIOR CONTRACT. Contact Wes Burns at 813.251.8481 or wburns@tampaprep.org with any questions.

Bus Stops

BRANDON
  • Cracker Barrel, off Mango Rd. beside the Lazydays RV Center
    Bus arrives at 7:00 a.m., departs at 7:10 a.m.
  • Sears Automotive, Brandon Town Center Lumsden Rd
    Bus arrives 7:35 a.m., departs for school 7:45 a.m.
TAMPA PALMS
  • Muvico, off of Bruce B. Bowns Blvd.
    Bus arrives 7:05 a.m., departs for school 7:15 a.m.
  • Publix at City Plaza at Tampa Palms
    Bus arrives 7:25 a.m., departs for school 7:35 a.m.
CARROLLWOOD
  • Chili’s, Dale Mabry and Fletcher Avenue
    Bus arrives 7:35 a.m., departs for school 7:45 a.m.
WESTCHASE
  • Applebee’s parking lot, Sheldon Rd and Linebaugh Ave
    Bus arrives 7:15 a.m., departs for school 7:25 a.m.
  • Publix parking lot, Countryway Blvd and Linebaugh Ave
    Bus arrives 7:35 a.m., departs for school 7:45 a.m.

CAN A MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT PLAY ON AN UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETIC TEAM?

Yes. It is possible, but there is an assessment period, and this form must be completed and signed by all parties.

WHAT ARE LUNCH TIMES AND OPTIONS?

Lunch may be brought from home. Microwaves are available. You may purchase from our lunch provider, EVOS and lunch will be delivered. You may purchase online from any restaurant that delivers to Tampa Prep, however, please note that Uber Eats or any independent delivery service is NOT permitted on campus and will be turned away.

Middle School Lunch is from 11:50 – 12:30 p.m.
Upper School Lunch is from 12:50 – 1:30 p.m.
NOTE: Some days have “special schedules” so lunch times may change.

IMPORTANT FOOD DELIVERY REMINDER

Uber Eats, Postmates, Bite Squad or other independent contractor deliveries are not allowed to campus. This policy was implemented at the beginning of last year. Random drivers looking for students have wandered into the field house, the gym, the Student Center, the Black Box and various areas of the main school building. We do not know who these people are, and many of them have ended up in places where they do not belong on campus. Given the safety concerns, our security officers have been instructed to turn away any delivery drivers who come to school.

If you place an order with Uber Eats or similar delivery option, it will not be delivered to students. This means that you will be out of the cost of both the meal and the delivery. Tampa Prep will not take any responsibility for orders that are turned away. Students are welcome to continue placing orders with vendors that traditionally deliver to Tampa Prep. This includes Jimmy John’s, Kelp, Pita Pit, Subway, Panera and Dominos. As has been the case, these orders should be placed in advance and should only be delivered during lunch.

EVOS

TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL has partnered with EVOS to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system that allows parents to view the EVOS lunch menu, order, prepay and manage student lunches on the web.
Registration and Ordering Opens: August 11
You will need the following PASSWORD to register: TP1
* If you have previously registered, you can use the same login information and skip to step 3

» GET STARTED – CREATE AN ACCOUNT
  • Visit https://evos.boonli.com/login – (please bookmark this page)
  • Click on Register (All parents must sign up for a new account UNLESS you signed up for EVOS during Camp Terrapin. Camp Terrapin attendees can use their existing profile).
    Password is: TP1
  • Enter your account/profile(s) information
  • Sign In: the Welcome page displays Program Info, Order Schedule, Rules, etc.
  • Order: Click “Order” at Top of the page and go to proper month; then click “Order” on the date to select food items
  • First Lunch Date for 2019 is August 19
  • Check out & pay: Please be sure to complete the check-out process. Do not close your browser prior to receiving the confirmation display or your order may be interrupted and not fully processed. Items left in your shopping cart will not be processed and your order will not be placed.

Registered users can view details about placing an order, deadlines, field trip blackout dates and more on the “Program Info” page. Watch a Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions for ordering.

» ORDER DEADLINES

Orders must be placed by 7 a.m. on the day of lunch service. No orders after 7 a.m. will be accepted.

» PAYMENT INFORMATION

Our site accepts payment by Debit Card or Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Be sure to proceed to checkout and process your payment. Orders that are left in the shopping cart will NOT be processed and your student(s) will not be included in the lunch service.

» LUNCH PROGRAM QUESTIONS:

For questions about Missed/Late Orders and Credits, email elr@evos.com or call EVOS South Tampa at 813-258-3867. Order changes/cancellations must be done via the website ONLY.

» TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

For help navigating the site, email support@orderlunches.com.

» MINIMUM ORDER

A $1.00 fee will be charged for orders under $10.00. (To avoid this fee, place an order for several days at a time.)

WHAT IF MY STUDENT NEEDS EXTRA HELP?

All teachers stay their classrooms until 4:15 p.m. every day to be available for extra help.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF MY STUDENT WILL BE TARDY OR ABSENT?

Please direct all attendance notifications and questions to Betsy Zollinger at bzollinger@tampaprep.org or 813-251-8481, ext. 4031.

EARLY DISMISSALS

  • No student will be permitted to leave campus during the school day without prior notice from a parent to Mrs. Zollinger.
  • Parents are asked to notify Mrs. Zollinger as soon as possible that a student will be leaving school early.
  • Students leaving early must sign out at Mrs. Zollinger’s desk. Upon signing out, students will be given a pass to leave campus.
  • All students who leave school early due to a doctor’s appointment must bring a note from the non-parent doctor indicating that he or she was at an appointment upon their return to school.

TARDIES

  • Parents are asked to notify Mrs. Zollinger of any late arrivals by the time classes begin at 8:50 am.
  • All students who are late to school due to a doctor’s appointment must bring a note from the non-parent doctor indicating that he or she was at an appointment.

ABSENCES

On the day that a student is absent, parents are asked to notify Mrs. Zollinger (bzollinger@tampaprep.org or 813-251-8481, ext. 4031) by the time classes begin at 8:50 am.

PLANNED ABSENCES

If a student knows of an upcoming absence they must complete a Planned Absence form and return it to Mrs. Zollinger at least one day prior to the absence. This form is also available at Mrs. Zollinger’s desk, and must be signed by the student’s parent, teachers and division director before being turned in.

The full Tampa Prep attendance policy can be found in the 2019-2020 Guide to Academics and Student Life.