Bell times, arrival and dismissal, and other policies

  • Start and End Times

    Lakeland's school day is 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.  Supervision of elementary students begins at 8:00 a.m.  Students arriving before the school day begins will report to their assigned stations until their classroom teachers pick them up at 8:20 a.m.  Cardinal Place is available for those children needing to be dropped off at school earlier than 7:45 a.m.
     
    For more information on Cardinal Place visit the website at https://www.willmar.k12.mn.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=106

    Arrival Procedure

    Safety of all students is our primary concern.  While some of the procedures may not be the most convenient for drivers, they are designed for the safety of children who will be walking, riding busses or being dropped off and picked up.  Please use extreme caution as you are dropping off and picking up your child.   
    • Student supervision begins at 8:00am
    • Buses begin dropping off students at 8:00am; buses will be complete with drop offs by 8:15am
    • Cardinal Place child care is available if you need to drop off your child before 7:45 a.m.  They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 pm.  To register call Missy Saint (WCER) at 320-214-6680. 

     Busing

    • Buses begin dropping off students at 8:00am; buses will be complete with drop offs by 8:15am
    • The bus arm will remain down all day until approximately 3:30pm.  
    • Bus students are dropped off in the back of the building and proceed to their designated area

    Parent Drop-Off

    • To drop off your child, enter the southern entrance (across from the YMCA) and stay in the loop that goes around the front of the building
    • Parents will need to follow the loop, enter the parking lot, and proceed to the southern exit.  The bus arm will remain down in the morning.  Please watch for children and be considerate of others.
    • Students enter through the main entrance in the front of the building and proceed to their designated area

     Walkers

    • Crossing guards will be available to assist students crossing Lakeland Drive in two locations - the front of the building across from the YMCA and at the corner of Olena Avenue
    • Students will enter through the main entrance in the front of the building and proceed to their designated area

    During School Hours

    If a child needs to be picked up during the school day, parents/guardians/visitors must do the following:
    1. Bring a picture ID and sign the student out at the office.  The secretary must verify the person picking up the student is listed on the student's verification form before the student will be released to the person picking them up. 
    2. If you are visiting the school, visitor’s must show a picture ID and the secretary must verify that person visiting can see the student.  Once verified you will receive a visitor’s badge.
    3. If you must get a message to your student during school hours you must call the office before 2:45pm.  We will not accept messages after 2:45pm as it is difficult to get them delivered before school is released.
    4. School is dismissed at 3:20pm.  While we understand that sometimes you'll have an appointment and will need to pick your child up early, please know that between 3:00pm-3:20pm secretaries will be unable to reach teachers to call students to the office.  Please plan accordingly. If you are coming before 3:00pm  be sure to bring a picture ID as the secretary will verify the person picking up the student.  We will not call students down to the office until you are in the main office to pick them up.

    Dismissal Procedures

    School is dismissed at 3:20pm.  While we understand that sometimes you'll have an appointment and will need to pick your child up early, please know that between 3:00pm - 3:20pm secretaries will be unable to reach teachers to call students to the office. Please plan accordingly.

    • Bus Riders: Teachers will walk all bus riders directly to the bus area
    • Cardinal Place: Teachers will walk all Cardinal Place students to the Cardinal Place room
    • Walkers: Teachers will walk students to one of two doors nearest the direction students are walking.  Those walking towards the back of the school will go out the back door with the bus kids.  They will follow the walking path and stay out of the path of the buses.  Those walking towards the front or side of the school will go out the parent pick up door and follow the walking path to the front or side of the school.  Crossing guards will be located along Lakeland Drive to assists students.
    • Parent Pick Up: Teachers walk all parent pick up students to the cafeteria. The students will wait in the cafeteria until they are picked up. There are two options available for parents.
      • Park and meet your child inside the school:
        • Enter the southern entrance (across from the YMCA) and proceed to the parking lot.  Please do not park in the loop to enter the building to meet your child.  This causes major delays for all families
        • Children will be exiting the northern door of the cafeteria.  You may wait on the sidewalk for your child or enter the cafeteria from the northern door.  A Lakeland staff member will be there to let parents in the building beginning at 3:15pm.
      • Wait in the car for your child to come to you:
        • Enter the southern entrance (across from the YMCA) and stay in the loop that goes around the front of the building
        • Staff will wait there with students and make sure they are with the adult
        • Children will exit from the northern cafeteria door
        • Once you have your child, please follow the loop back into the parking lot to exit out the southern drive.  

    The bus arm will remain down during the day until approximately 3:30pm. Parents will need to follow the loop, enter the parking lot, and proceed to the southern exit.  Please watch for children and be considerate of others.

    Please help us keep all kids safe and allow us a crowd-free supervisory area as we help students get home. Thank you for working with us by following our dismissal plan.

    "No Shots, No School" Policy

    Minnesota Law requires written proof that students receive all vaccinations-or parents must file a legal exemption saying they object to the vaccinations - before students can attend class.  All students, including transfer students can not attend class until their immunization status has been verified.