Back to School

Back to School

Health and Safety Protocols

District 181 has released videos to help remind our families of the health and safety protocols that are being implemented as we embark on a safe return to school.  Per the D181 reopening plan, face masks will be required for all students and staff while in attendance at D181 schools.  Students will be provided with TWO reusable cloth face masks AND a lanyard that they will be able to clip to their mask and use during mask breaks. Please take a few moments to watch the following videos to learn more about our safe and healthy approach to our return to school:

School Day

Hybrid AM Session – 8:30-11:10 a.m.

Hybrid PM Session – 12:30-3:10 p.m.

  • Student Arrival will begin daily at 8:20 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Please do not drop your child(ren) off before this time as we do not have adult supervision prior to these times.

  • Student Dismissal will begin at 11:10 and 3:10 p.m.

  • We recognize the need for appointments and understand that situations may arise that require you to pick your child up early from school.  We ask that you please try your best to schedule appointments OUTSIDE of the school day and not pick your child up early from school, as to not disrupt the learning process.

  • For the remote portion of the day for our hybrid learners, asynchronous learning opportunities will be provided to students via Seesaw (K-2) and Google Classroom (3-5).  More information will be provided by teachers prior to the start of school.

FULLY REMOTE Learners – 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:15 p.m.

  • Your child will receive a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities via Seesaw (K-2) and Google Classroom (3-5).  More information will be provided by teachers prior to the start of school.

REVISED Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We will continue to use our main car line on Elm Street.

If you use the car line, please stay in your vehicle and keep moving forward in the line. There is no unattended vehicle parking on Elm Street between 8:15-8:45, 11:15-12:30, and 2:45-3:15.

If you do walk or park in the surrounding neighborhood, please be respectful of our neighbors and community by following posted traffic laws, not blocking driveways, and staying on the sidewalk while walking to and from school.

Due to increased safety measures, our arrival and dismissal procedures needed to be slightly altered to keep cohorts of students together and safely distanced both inside and outside. While we realize this will be a change, and might result in families needing to use different entry/dismissal doors, it is the safest way to allow our students to follow 6ft social distancing guidelines while entering and exiting the building.

Signage will be posted near each grade level door and staff will be outside to help guide your child(ren) into the building and find their appropriate classrooms.  In addition, grade level lines and social distance markers will mark locations for students to stand while waiting to enter the building.  Entry and exit doors were chosen to allow students to enter the doors closest to their assigned classrooms and minimize any exposure to different cohorts of students.

At this time, our students will report directly to their assigned doors on the first day of school.  Due to social distancing guidelines, we WILL NOT be meeting as a school at  the  front  entrance on the first day of school.  Please do not congregate with your child(ren) or groups of adults on the school grounds during arrival and dismissal, as we are working diligently to ensure safe social distancing guidelines are adhered to at all times.

Please refer to the map and outline below for assigned arrival and dismissal locations:

Arrival Guidelines – Red dots will be spray painted to represent six-foot social distancing at each entrance point. Please reiterate the importance of social distancing with your child(ren), as there may not be enough dots for each child and they may need to estimate this distance while standing in line.

  • Kindergarten – students will line up on the back blacktop outside of their entrance door.

  • First Grade – students will line up on the back blacktop on red dots along the railing.

  • Second Grade – students will line up on the back blacktop on red dots along the wood chip portion of the playground

  • Third Grade – students will line up outside of their entrance door and along the sidewalk on Elm Street.

  • Fourth Grade – students will line up on the back blacktop on red dots along the wood chip portion of the playground

  • Fifth Grade- students will line up outside the main entrance to the building.

Dismissal Guidelines

  • Walkers- Dismissed FIRST

    • Students will be dismissed by grade level to allow for a socially distanced dismissal in the hallways.

    • ALL students will be dismissed from their assigned grade level door (see above).

    • If your child is walking home with a sibling, he or she will meet outside of the main entrance of the school. There will be dots for social distancing while students are waiting for siblings.

    • Staff will be at each location to monitor students and ensure students are appropriately socially distanced.

      • Please talk to your child(ren) about expectations for walking both to and from school.  Students will be supervised on school grounds – no group gatherings will be allowed.  However, it is important to discuss maintaining a safe and appropriate social distance as they walk to and from school.

  • Car Riders – Dismissed LAST

    • Children will be directed to stand socially distanced on a space along the front sidewalk to wait for their ride.

      • In the case of inclement weather, students will wait socially distanced inside their classrooms.

    • New families will be provided with a family name display card on the first day of school.  Returning families should already have their card. Please make sure to CLEARLY display your card in the passenger side window so we can effectively and efficiently dismiss your child(ren).

    • Supervisory staff will be calling to dismiss your child(ren) once you are in the car line and your family display card is visible.

      • On the first day of school, dismissal supervisors will ask for your last name and child’s grade level and will dismiss in the same manner.  Thank you for your patience, as this process may take a few extra minutes on the first day.

REVISED Visitors Procedure

There is a camera and a speaker at our front entrance. You will need to ring the doorbell and state your name and your business when entering the vestibule.  Due to health concerns, we are not granting access to visitors to our building at this time.  Mrs. Pedersen will speak with you through the speaker and provide you with additional information.

Health Information

For the specific groups listed below, please email your health forms to The Lane School office prior to the start of school.  Forms should be directed to the attention of The Lane School nurse, Barb Luchette bluchette@d181.org

  • Kindergarten Students

  • Second Grade Students

  • Students new to D181

  • Copies of forms submitted to previous Illinois schools are acceptable.

  • Students from out of state will need to submit new Illinois forms.


The Lane School and District 181 utilize email as a main source of communication. One major mode of communication that we use at The Lane School is our weekly PTO newsletter The Bulldog Blast. The Bulldog Blast will include a weekly message from me as well as dates and times of important upcoming events. Register to receive The Blast here. 

School Supplies

Thank you to the PTO for organizing the delivery of school supplies to homes.  If you are still in need of school supplies, you can find our school supply lists here..  Additionally, our teachers will be providing further detailed communications about what specific supplies they would like returned to school for students participating in our hybrid model.  Grade levels are working out specific procedures that will work for their students and families, so please be on the lookout for communication from your child’s homeroom teacher soon!

Remote Supply Pickup

We are in the process of assembling supplies for our students who have chosen the full  remote learning option and will be hosting a socially distant and contact-free supply pickup on Friday, September 4th from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Remote learning families should use the Elm Street car line during one of the available times listed above. Please display your child(ren)’s first and last name and grade(s) in your passenger side vehicle window. As you arrive, remain in your car and open your trunk or side door so that our volunteers may place the remote learning kits safely inside your vehicle.  This supply pickup is only for our students who have selected the FULL REMOTE LEARNING option for this school year.