In 2006, Odyssey Charter School opened its doors as Delaware’s first mathematics content focused, 2nd language (Greek) elementary education charter school.

Odyssey has strong academics, insight into the classical learning ideals of Hellenism, a small-school environment, and a fresh approach to learning.

Odyssey Charter School was rated a Superior School by Delaware’s Department of Education in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

General Information


Absences
Parents may report absences by calling the main office at 302-516-8000. Students must have a note upon return to school to excuse absences. Any student who has been out 3 days or more must have a note from the physician upon their return to school.

Early Dismissal
A student who is ill or injured will be assessed by the school nurse. If it is determined by the nurse that the student cannot or should not remain in school for the remainder of the day, the nurse will contact the parent/guardian to arrange for early pick up of the student. Please make sure all contact information is up-to-date.
In order to protect the safety and welfare of all our students, parents and guardians are reminded of the following:

  • Please do not text message or email teachers about dismissal changes.
  • All dismissal changes must be in writing and come to school with the student no later than the morning of the change. (No emails, faxes, or phone calls.)
  • Only emergency dismissal changes are allowed until 2:00 by calling the office.
  • There are no early dismissals after 2:45 from LS and IS. No early dismissals after 2:30 from US/HS.
  • A valid photo ID must be shown when picking up students up from the office and in carline.
  • A valid photo ID will be held when visiting the building. The ID will be returned when the visitor badge is returned to office.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Emergency Closings/Delayed Openings
If a decision is made to close school or dismiss early due to the weather or other unforeseen circumstance, school administration will notify parents through the Blackboard Connect notification system. In addition, information regarding school closures and early dismissals can be obtained through local radio stations and the official state website for school closures, SchoolClosings.Delaware.Gov.

Visiting Odyssey
All Parents and other visitors MUST report to the office to receive a visitor’s identification badge before proceeding to any other area of the school. All visitors will be required to submit a Photo ID or license prior to receiving a badge, and must sign in and out. Parents will not be allowed to go to their child’s classroom while school is in session without an arranged meeting with the teacher.

Door Security & Announcing Yourself
During the school day entry to the Odyssey can only be attained by ringing the doorbell. You will be asked to announce your reason for requesting entry. In rare circumstances, for the safety of our students it may be necessary to temporarily deny entry. In these cases we will work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and we appreciate your understanding.

Forgotten Items/Messages
Every day many items are dropped off at school for delivery to students. These items should be labeled with the student’s name and grade. Items will be kept in the main office, and teachers will be notified to send students. While office staff works to ensure that students receive the items that were dropped off, OCS staff cannot guarantee students will receive their items on the same day they are dropped off, nor is OCS staff responsible for the items. Also please note that office staff is instructed to not interrupt class for forgotten items or to deliver messages.

To change your child’s address, please submit new proof of residence documents as indicated here.

Code of Conduct


The successful operation of a school requires the cooperation of many people.

By enrolling at Odyssey Charter School we expect that our students and their families will abide by our philosophy and policies. The professional staff and Board have established rules and guidelines for maintaining high standards for student conduct which in turn leads to a safe, orderly and inviting school in which to teach and learn.

The Odyssey Charter School will abide by all state and federal regulations related to code of conduct issues. Regulations also pertain to special education students. Due process will always be followed in the event that the student’s infraction is related to the disability.

The school will also establish behavioral guidelines to maintain an environment that is conducive to education without stifling expression and appropriate social interaction.

Upon entering Odyssey Charter School, the student is responsible for his or her actions both in and out of school. Any serious violations of school policy and/or any illegal or immoral behavior could result in serious disciplinary action.

Student Code of Conduct & Parent Information
Parental Involvement Policy
Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Policy

Dress Code and Uniform Policy


All screenprinted or embroidered uniform pieces for student wear must be purchased through the approved clothing vendors, Flynn & O’Hara and Lands’ End.

Permitted uniform items for each grade level can be found on Lands’ End and Flynn & O’Hara websites by searching for Odyssey Charter School Delaware. Upon entering your students’ information, the specific allowed uniform pieces will be displayed. You may also place a uniform order over the phone, Flynn & O’Hara: 1-800-441-4122, Lands’ End: 1-800-469-2222

Uniform Policy Overview

Grades K-2 (Lower School)
Short-sleeved and long-sleeved polos embroidered with the school logo are allowed in navy blue and white.
Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts are to be worn in khaki only. All items with belt loops must be worn with a solid black, brown, or navy blue belt. Students in Kindergarten are exempt from wearing a belt. Dresses in polo or ponte style are available in navy blue. A navy blue plaid jumper is available as well and must be worn with the white peter-pan collared blouse.

Grades 3-5 (Intermediate School)
Short-sleeved and long-sleeved polos embroidered with the school logo are allowed in navy blue and white.
Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts are to be worn in khaki, navy blue, or navy blue plaid. All items with belt loops must be worn with a solid black, brown, or navy blue belt. Dresses in polo or ponte style are available in navy blue. A navy blue plaid jumper is available as well and must be worn with the white peter-pan collared blouse.

Grades 6-8 (Middle School)
Short-sleeved and long-sleeved polos embroidered with the school logo are allowed in navy blue, light blue, and white.
Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts are to be worn in khaki, navy blue, or navy blue plaid. All items with belt loops must be worn with a solid black, brown, or navy blue belt.

Grades 9-12 (High School)
Short-sleeved and long-sleeved polos embroidered with the school logo are allowed in navy blue, light blue, white and grey.
Pants, shorts, and skirts are to be worn in khaki, grey, navy blue, or navy blue plaid. All items with belt loops must be worn with a solid black, brown, white, or navy blue belt.
High School students may also wear long or short-sleeved oxford shirts with optional ties. A navy blazer is available for both men and women.

Gym Uniforms

Grades K-8 (Lower, Intermediate, and Middle Schools)
Students must wear the gym uniform and sneakers to school on active gym days.
In grades K-5, teachers will provide the schedule of gym uniform days during the first weeks of school. Students in grades 6-8 will be scheduled into gym classes.
The approved gym t-shirt (gray with navy logo) and/or sweatshirt (navy with white logo) must be purchased at Flynn and O’Hara or Lands’ End.
Plain, solid navy blue mesh shorts and/or plain, solid navy blue sweatpants may be purchased anywhere, but must be of the same color and style as offered on the Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End Odyssey uniform websites.
Gym uniform items are not to be worn with regular uniform items.

Grades 9-12 (High School)
Students scheduled into gym classes may wear full gym uniforms with sneakers on gym days. If students do not wear the full gym uniform, they must bring sneakers to school for gym and change into sneakers at the beginning of class. Students in high school may not wear sneakers with non-gym uniform pieces.

High School students are permitted to wear the gym uniform sweatshirt over collared polo shirts as an approved outerwear piece. Students may not wear the sweatshirt without a polo shirt underneath unless in a full gym uniform.

Uniform Guidelines

Shirts
Shirts must be tucked in at all times. No more than the top two buttons of the shirt may be left open. Altering of required school shirts and/or logo is not permissible. Long sleeve garments may not be worn underneath school shirts that have short sleeves. An acceptable alternative is to wear long sleeve school shirts or school sweaters.

Pants/Shorts
All pants and shorts should be purchased through Lands End or Flynn and O’Hara. Non-uniform pants, including jeans, jeggings, joggers, cargo pants, and sweatpants are not permitted. Pants should fit appropriately, being neither too tight nor too loose. Additionally, pants should not be too long; they should not drag on the ground. Pants should be worn at the natural waist with a navy blue, black, or brown belt. Kindergarten is exempt from wearing belts.

Skirts, Skorts, Shorts, and Jumpers
Skirts, dresses, skorts, and shorts may not be shorter than one inch above the knee when standing.

Shoes
Shoes are to be solid in color and must be either tan, brown, navy blue, or black. Shoes can be lace-up, slip-on, or Velcro. Dress code compliant shoes include loafers, flats, topsiders, oxfords, mary janes and other dress shoes. As of the 2019-20 school year, sneakers are not dress code compliant, including Vans-style shoes or Converse, unless being worn for gym class. Please see the gym uniform section for more information on gym sneakers. Sandals, flip-flops, slides, clogs, boots, Uggs and hikers are NOT permitted. Students may wear boots to school in inclement weather but they must change shoes when they arrive.

Stockings/Socks
Girls may only wear plain black, white, or navy blue stocking tights or form fitting full length leggings. Any other colors or any patterned stockings are NOT permitted. All leggings must be footed or sit below the ankle. Boys and girls may only wear black, white, tan, or navy blue socks.

Sweaters/Fleece
School sweaters or the school fleece with the embroidered school logo from Flynn & O’Hara or Lands’ End are the only permissible outer garments to be worn in class. School sweaters are available in a cardigan style, cable hooded style, and crew and V-neck pullover styles. The sweater or fleece must be worn with a school shirt underneath. Blazers, coats, non-uniform fleeces, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. may not be worn in class or during school hours. High School students, grades 9 and up, may wear the navy blue blazer offered at Lands’ End. The oxford shirt and tie must be worn with the optional blazer. High School students may also wear approved outerwear designated by the building level administration. Outer garments (other than sweaters) must be stored in the student’s locker/cubbie. OCS hoodies/sweatshirts are not to be worn in class.

Hats
Hats are NOT permitted to be worn in school. During the colder months, warm hats are allowed and encouraged for outdoor play only.

Backpacks and Book Bags
All students are expected to transport their personal materials in a bag of choice to and from school. Students in grades K-8 must store their backpacks in a designated space issued by the homeroom teacher. In grades 5-8, students transfer classes within their school building. Students may use a drawstring bag to transport their items during the school day. Students in high school (grades 9+) may use their backpacks to transport their items throughout the school day.

Jewelry, Hairstyles, and Accessories
Excessive jewelry, makeup, or hairstyles that are deemed by the school administration to be distracting or distasteful will not be permitted. Students will be asked to remove excessive makeup or hairstyles or, in the event that is not possible or student refuses, will be sent home with a parent.
Hairstyles and hair lengths should reflect the atmosphere of decorum desired by the school. Mohawks, shaved designs, unnatural color dyes, and spiked hair are examples of hairstyles that would not be acceptable. Dyed or highlighted hair in blue, green, purple, pink, or other unnatural colors will result in a phone call home and request to change the dyed hair color back to their natural color before returning to school.
The only permissible body piercing are earrings. No facial piercings may be worn. Earrings must be of modest size to minimize distraction. Students are not prohibited from wearing jewelry, however Odyssey Charter School discourages wearing any type of valuable articles that could present hardship if lost or stolen. Expensive articles are worn at your own risk. Odyssey Charter School does not assume responsibility for articles lost or stolen.
Hats, bandanas, and sunglasses are all considered inappropriate for regular school wear. Headbands should be purchased through Flynn and O’Hara or Lands’ End or be plain black/brown/blue/white plastic or fabric (no jewelry, feathers, dangling articles on headbands or barrettes). Writing on your body is not appropriate and is not allowed.

Consequences for Violating Dress Code
In the beginning of the year teachers will be reminding students of dress code expectations and issuing warnings to those students who are not complying with dress code. Infractions after warnings are issued will result in consequences for students not complying with the dress code. Dress code violations are a level one infraction.

Used Uniform Program
If you have well-maintained (no holes, no stains) OCS uniform items to donate, please send your clean, fresh-laundered, item(s) into school with your child in a bag.
To obtain a Used Uniform Item you can attend the used uniform sale, which are held regularly and advertised in the Weekly Communication. Each item is $5.00.
If you have any questions regarding our uniform policy, please contact the administrative assistant at your student’s building.

Dress Down Days/School Sponsored Events
Students are only permitted to “dress down” on designated days with teacher and/or administrator approval. Student clothing on all dress down days, as well as clothing worn to after school, evening or other school sponsored events, must appropriate according to Odyssey Charter guidelines. Excessively torn or ripped clothing will not be permitted, in particular jeans with holes above the knees. Students are permitted to wear dark colored tights under their jeans. Slogans and logos on t-shirts must be school appropriate. Hats are not permitted to be worn in school on dress down days. Dress code regulations with regards to jewelry, hairstyles, and accessories also apply on dress down days.

Students wearing skirts or shorts must have clothing of appropriate length; the bottom of the garment must touch the tip of the student’s fingertips while standing. Tank tops and/or sleeveless shirts are not permitted for male or female students on dress down days. High heeled shoes exceeding 1.5 inches are not permitted, except at school sponsored dances.

Any student found to be wearing inappropriate clothing on a dress down day, at an afterschool, evening or other school sponsored event will be required to change the clothing and/or parent/guardians and guardians will be contacted to bring a change of clothing to school. Subsequent infractions may result in other disciplinary action on the part of an administrator.
All students must wear clothing on dress down days that is appropriate to an academic environment and that adheres to the following guidelines:

  • No clothing may be worn that creates a distraction for other students.
  • No clothing may be worn that features offensive language; racial or ethnic statements; references to tobacco, drugs, alcohol or gangs; or wording/graphics that are suggestive of sexual or other inappropriate behavior.
  • No clothing or footwear may be worn that may threaten the safety of the wearer or other students (e.g. no shoes with wheels in the soles, or excessively high-heeled or platform shoes, no slides or flip flop shoes).

If you have any questions regarding our uniform policy, please contact:

Mrs. Tracie Principe
Mrs. Courtney Saxton
Mrs. Traci McGinnis

School Hours


IS/LS (Grades K-6) Arrival and Dismissal

7:55 – First Student Buses drop off
7:40 – 8:05 – IS Carline
7:45 – 8:10 – LS Carline
Instructional Day IS – 8:03 – 3:03
Instructional Day IS – 8:10 – 3:10
Dismissal 3:00 – 3:20
First Student Buses depart – 3:10 – 3:20
No early dismissal after 2:45 for IS and 2:45 for LS

HS/US (Grades 7-11) Arrival and Dismissal

7:30 – OCS Buses drop off
7:25 – 7:40 – HS/US Carline
Instructional Day 7:45 – 2:45
Dismissal 2:45 – 3:00
OCS Buses depart – 2:55
No early dismissal after 2:30

Before Care – 7:00-7:40 am
After Care – 3:30-6:00 pm