Transportation Changes And Permissions

buses

Dismissal changes must be entered by 11:00 a.m., through your Silent Dismissal account, so that we can route your student to the proper destination.

Contacts For Transportation Questions:

  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred)
  • Front Desk Phone: 651-464-0771
  • Explorer Club (if you use the Explorer Club after-school program) Phone: 651-252-6720

Forms

Bus Card for Home Bus

If your child rides the bus, you should have already (or in the very near future) receive a letter in the mail from Forest Lake School District Transportation with bus information. Please make a tag indicating your child’s HOME BUS #. This tag should be on your child’s backpack or inside the front pocket of the backpack.

Silent Dismissal Setup

  1. Create your parent account
  2. Add additional students, if necessary
  3. Setup weekly schedule

LILA Login Page
Parent Help Page
SilentDismissalAccontSetup

By now you should have received a letter in the mail from LILA with information about our new Silent Dismissal system. Please set up your parent account and set your child's M-F plan.

  • The default for every student is "Pickup Only" (formerly known as Curbside).
  • Reference # and code are located under QR code.
    • Under the QR code is a group of numbers or number, a hyphen, then another grouping of letters with possible numbers mixed in. 
    • The first set  is your reference #.
    • The second set is your code.
    • Be sure to NOT include the hyphen and enter the letters exactly how you see them as they are case sensitive. 
  • If you want your child to take the Bus or Walk/Bike, make your selection and save. (For walkers and bikers, Lower School students need approval from the principal.)
  • If you use Explorer Club you will continue to schedule care with them directly.
  • Be sure and check the days of the week once you've made your selection.

If you need further assistance, please check this Online Parent Help Page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., LILA's Transportation Coordinator, for assistance.

Silent Dismissal FAQs

Q. What happens if I lose my tag?
A. Please keep your tag in your car.

Q. Can I copy the tag we received to put in each possible pickup vehicle?
A. Yes. We recommend that you share a copy only with your carpool parents, grandparents, or other approved pickup people.

Q. Can I change my schedule in the Silent Dismissal app?
A. For K-5, once you set your schedule, you must email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make any changes.

An Overview Of Transportation At LILA 

Morning

Morning School Bus Service (strongly recommended)

This option is available for students living within the Forest Lake School District #831 busing area. Buses pick your child up at the end of your driveway or at a nearby location determined by the district bus garage. All elementary-aged students sit in the front seats of the bus, near the driver. LILA students transfer to a LILA shuttle bus from the middle school. The shuttle brings them directly to the Lakes International campuses.

At the beginning of the school year, LILA volunteers assist LILA students with the transfer to the LILA shuttle. If you think you may ever want your children to take the bus during the school year, we strongly encourage you to use the bus right away, while we have volunteers helping at the transfer points.

Morning Curbside Drop-Off

This drop-off method is very convenient, especially for students who reside out of District #831 and are not eligible to ride the bus.

MAIN CAMPUS: Vehicles enter at the main (west) entrance of the school and follow the lanes of orange cones around the entire parking lot. When you reach the “straight stretch” at the front (north side) of the school, pull forward along the sidewalk as far as possible. After your child leaves your car, exit from the far east exit, yielding to buses.

HEADWATERS CAMPUS: Vehicles enter at the main (west) entrance of the school and follow the lanes through and around the parking lot. When you reach the “straight stretch” at the front (south side) of the school, pull forward along the sidewalk as far as possible. After your child leaves your car, exit to the west with caution, yielding to pedestrians and buses.

  • Parents should remain in their vehicles and allow the volunteers in the orange vests to assist their children out of the vehicle if needed. This allows us to keep the drive through drop-off moving quickly and smoothly. If you need to get out of the vehicle for any reason, park your vehicle in the lot.
  • Please consider volunteering for this option from 7:35 am to 7:50 am. We need smiling faces and you can speak English or any other language!

Morning Inside Drop-Off

Because of our limited number of parking spaces and our growing student population, this option is discouraged for all but Kindergarteners in the first few days of school or those certain days when students need extra help carrying things into school (e.g., class snacks or large projects).

  • Students must complete the COVID symptom check-list before continuing to their classroom.
  • Please keep in mind that students may not go to their classrooms before 7:25 a.m.

Afternoon

Afternoon School Bus Service

Students riding the bus in the afternoon take a shuttle bus from LILA to the Forest Lake Middle School. There, they transfer to their home buses. Younger children will be assigned a “bus buddy” from LILA to help them find their home buses.

As with morning bus transportation, at the beginning of the school year, teachers and parent volunteers will be stationed at the middle school to help our students with their transition. Again, if you ever plan to have your student use the bus this year, the first days are the time to do it when we have adult helpers available there.

Afternoon Curbside Pick-Up - Main Campus

This option requires that you sign up in advance for students at the Main Campus (no sign-up required for Headwaters Campus). Students attending the Main Campus will receive a Family Pick-up Number to keep in your car. With Curbside Pick-up at the Main Campus, your student is delivered directly to your vehicle. This safe and efficient system also helps keep our limited parking spaces from overflowing.

  • At the Main Campus, enter at the west entrance to the school. You will be directed to form multiple lanes of parking on the “straight stretch” at the front/north side of the school.
  • Clearly display your number card in your front or passenger window.
  • Pull as close as possible to the car in front of you.
  • We will deliver your student(s) to you after the 2:10 dismissal time.
  • At the Main Campus, exit the lane using the far east exit. The middle exit/entrance to the school is for bus use only.

Afternoon Curbside Pick-Up - Headwaters Campus

  • At the Headwaters Campus, enter at the west entrance and follow the traffic lane around the parking lot.
  • Pull as close as possible to the car in front of you.
  • Exit to the west with caution, yielding to pedestrians and buses.

Occasional Inside Pick-Up At The Main Campus

Please pre-arrange for any early pick-up from school (doctor visit, dentist appointment, etc.) Notify the front desk at least one day in advance, if possible, or by 11:00 a.m. to make sure your child will be at the front office.

If picking up after 1:30 p.m., please park across the street at the Annex building to avoid the curbside pick-up line.

No Drop-Off/Pick-Up At The Church Parking Lot

Until further notice, please do not use the church parking lot to drop off or pick up a student. Please contact the Transportation Coordinator for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions/Situations

NOTE: A "Method of Pick-up" form should be filled out for every student or revised if student is already enrolled.

I live in District 831, my daycare is in District 831, and I need my student to take the bus to daycare before/after school.

Complete the "Change in Student Pick-up/Take-home" form.

I have moved into District 831.

Complete the "Student Bus Enrollment Form."

I have moved within District 831.

Complete the "Change in Student Pick-up/Take-home" form.

I don't know if I live in District 831.

Please call the District 831 bus garage: 651-982-8190. Or, for a faster answer, visit the voter info page at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/; after entering your address, look at the bottom of the page for a green box that says "Districts for this address" and you will see a school district listed in the right-hand column. If it says, "Forest Lake (831)," then you are within our bus boundary.

Can my student ride the bus home with a friend?

No. Until further notice, District #831 buses cannot allow students to ride any bus that has not been assigned to them as a regular route.

Questions

For general transportation questions, email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..