Arrival and Dismissal
Westlake has an established traffic flow for arrival and dismissal for the purpose of safety and efficiency. Please view the maps below for traffic patterns. The arrival traffic flow is somewhat different from the dismissal traffic flow.
Drivers should drive slowly (no more than 5mph) and not double park. Please remain in the line and do not try and pass vehicles that are still stopped in front of you. Watch for children, especially in the parking lot. If you have students in both elementary and our Early Learning Center, please first drop off your elementary student at the front door then pull around the building and park in the spots along the ELC building to walk your child in. Please don’t allow your young child to run across the parking lot to get into the building.
During Covid-Season, a staff member will come to your car for a symptom check. Please watch a short video about this new process:
Please watch this short video about our parking lot procedures:
Please note: Grayslake Police may ticket anyone who parks on any portion of a municipal sidewalk.
Illinois law prohibits driver use of cell phones in school zones, including dropping off or picking up students.
Please note that all times below are for Monday–Thursday. Fridays follow the Late Start timeline.
Extended Care — Drop-off is from 7:00–7:50 at the front door. Please remain in your car until a staff member performs a symptom check. Students may then proceed to the cafeteria. Please register online for extended care.
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten — Drop-off is from 8:10-8:30, and class begins at 8:30. Parents arriving between 8:00–8:10 should park and wait in your car until 8:10. Parents should park in the parking lot and walk their student to the end of the ramp. Staff will do a temperature and symptom check, then students will proceed into the classroom.
Elementary (K-6) — Drop-off is from 8:00-8:20, and class begins at 8:20. Parents should follow the drop-off line through the parking lot. A staff member will meet you at your car to do a temperature and symptom check. Students should go to their locker and then directly to the classroom.
Secondary (7-12) — Arrival is from 8:00-8:15. A staff member will meet you at your car to do a temperature and symptom check. If the student drives to school, then they will have a temperature check at the front door. Students should go to their locker and then directly to their classroom. School begins at 8:15.
**PS-6th Grade students who arrive between 7:50–8:00 should be dropped at the main door for a symptom check. They will then go to the cafeteria. There is no extra charge for drop offs after 7:50. **
School starts at 8:15 a.m. for secondary and 8:20 a.m. for all other grades. Students must be in their classrooms at those times. Students should arrive at least 10 minutes early to prepare for their day.
Pre-K-Grade 6: Elementary students arriving before 8:10 a.m. proceed directly to the cafeteria. At 8:10 a.m., Preschool and Kindergarten will be escorted to class. Students in Grades 1-6 will be released to their classrooms at that time as well. Students arriving after 8:20 a.m. should go directly to the office for a student pass and then proceed to class.
Junior/Senior High: Secondary students who arrive before 8:05 am proceed directly to the library. At 8:05 am secondary students are release to their first period class.
Elementary School ends at 3:10 p.m. Students are to be picked up no later than 3:25 p.m. Any elementary school students remaining after 3:25 p.m. will be escorted to the After School Care program. Required fees will be assessed.
Junior and Senior High School ends at 3:20 p.m. Students are expected to leave the building no later than 3:40 p.m., unless they are participating in a Westlake activity or responsibility. Junior and Senior High students remaining after 3:30 p.m. must report to a supervised area.
Half-day dismissal is 11:30 am. Except on Late Start Fridays, when it is 12:00 pm.
Due to legal and liability issues, students are not allowed in the building before or after designated school hours, unless they are participating in a school-sponsored activity, assignment or event.