Welcome to Otter River Elementary

Mission Statement

The mission of Otter River Elementary School is provide a rigorous comprehensive academic program for all students in a safe and supportive environment.

Vision Statement

Otter River Elementary School staff is dedicated to teaching all students skills which will enable them to reason critically, utilize technology effectively, and contribute to their school, community, and the world.

Otter River Elementary School Student Reading
Otter River Elementary School - School Building
Otter River Elementary School Mascot - The Panther
Empowering Learners for Future Success

school News

We want to wish our 5th grade students the very best as they leave us and transition to the middle schools. We love you and miss you all. Click the link to view a tribute slide show for these graduating students.
5th Grade Tribute 2019-2020

We will be providing additional updates as that information becomes available through direct communication to families, our BCPS website, YouTube channel, social media, as well as our Facebook video broadcasts.
Click here for Return to School information

Bedford County Public Schools still remains closed to the public, but essential appointments for registration can be made. Office Hours are currently Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. You may contact the office at (540) 586-9210 with questions. Please feel free to call or contact the Principal, Andy Greenough at

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed a parent resource on how to talk about COVID-19 with your child. The CDC provides daily updates and health-related guidance in regards to COVID-19 if further information is needed for your family.

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Infographic 

Registering for school on time helps every child, teacher, and school to be ready when school begins. Contact the school if you have any questions and register at your zoned school.
Any child who is five years old on or before September 30, 2020 may enter Kindergarten.
Documents needed for Kindergarten registration:
● Birth Certificate
● Updated physical
● Record of immunizations
● Proof of residency (copy of mortgage, lease, or real estate tax statement)

Forms to obtain these records will be available at your assigned school. All forms must be completed and returned to the school before your child can begin class.

NEW KG students who have never been in BCPS before:  

PREVIOUS BCPS PK and Head Start students who will be moving up to KG:  

Pre-K Registration Information


Please click below to complete the demographic portion of the application.
If you have already completed this step, please move on to step 2.
2020-2021 Application Part 1


Please click below to download the fillable Word document.
2020-2021 Fillable Online Application Part 2
Fill in the required information online, save the document, and email it to
Please click below and download and print the application to fill it in paper-pencil.
2020-2021 Paper-Pencil Application Part 2

Scan and email the completed forms to the above email or mail the completed forms to: Diane Isenhour
310 S. Bridge Street Bedford,
VA 24523


In addition to your application, you must also email OR mail the following four required documents for preschool. Children cannot attend school without this documentation on file.

Documentation required:
Birth certificate
Proof of residency (copy of lease agreement, mortgage, or real estate tax document),
Proof of income (W2 statement, paycheck stubs)
Current physical
Copy of immunization records

Contact for Further Information:
Dr. Gennifer Miller, Director of Childhood Learning Phone: (540) 586-1045 E-mail:

Diane Isenhour, Kindergarten Readiness Facilitator Phone: (540) 588-6820 E-mail:

Amazement Square in Lynchburg is offering free online resources at their site:

School Cash Online is a safe, simple and secure way for parents to pay for field trips, yearbooks, spirit wear, athletic fees and more. No need to take out cash or write checks, now you can shop online from the comfort of your own home. Click on the Register Now icon below, then click on Register

Click here to Register for School Cash Online
Click here for Intro to School Cash Online video
Click here for School Cash Online - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in PDF format

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