Our SchoolWJCC Schools2021-09-23T08:54:12-04:00
Karen SwannPrincipal
Phone: (757) 229-7597
Fax: (757) 645-3309
Mary DillonSenior Administrative Assistant
Deanna NelsonAssistant Principal
Phone: (757) 229-7597
Fax: (757) 645-3309

Helpful Contacts

Debbie HuckinsAdministrative Assistant / Registrar
Caitlin BeauchampReceptionist
Kristy HaightDigital Communications Liaison

112 Laurel Lane • Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 229-7597 | Fax: (757) 645-3309

Front Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mission & Vision

The mission of Laurel Lane Elementary School, in the accordance with the Williamsburg-James City County School Division, is to establish an academic environment which produces a love of learning in every child. We value partnership with family and community and actively utilize resources in the learning process. We aim to create lifelong learners, independent thinkers, and responsible citizens.

Laurel Lane History (formerly known as Rawls Byrd)

Laurel Lane Elementary School (formerly named Rawls Byrd Elementary) opened at the beginning of the 1965-66 school year as an elementary school for pupils in grades one through seven. Its former name orginated from Mr. Rawls Byrd, the retiring Superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County Schools. The “campus” school with round buildings and covered walkways was the locality’s first departure from the traditional school design. It was also the first elementary school constructed after the formation of a joint city-county school division in 1953.

Laurel Lane has experienced many diverse changes over the years, including its name change, which became effective July 1, 2017. Shortly after opening, it became a primary school for children in grades one through four. In the fall of 1969, the staff began working toward a team approach to teaching and a program of individualized instruction. During the next two years, alterations were made to the classroom buildings to facilitate the academic program and make better use of space.

In 1992, the hard work of the faculty and staff was rewarded when the U.S. Department of Education recognized Rawls Byrd as a Blue Ribbon School. Only two schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia received such an honor that year. Representatives from the school and Central Office were invited to an awards ceremony and a visit with the President of the United States at the White House in May 1993.

Our Awards

  • 2011 VA Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award
  • 2012 VA Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award

Frequently Asked Questions

May my child carry cough drops? My child takes medication daily. How can I make sure that he receives the medication?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:52:42-04:00

No. All medications including cough drops must remain in the clinic. Medications must be brought to school by a parent. In order for the nurse to dispense medication, the medicine should be in the original container and you must have a doctor’s order. Please inform the school nurse, Simone Fowler, of any medical conditions or allergies your child may have.

What do I do if I need to change my child’s dismissal procedures?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:52:10-04:00

If you need to change your child’s dismissal procedures, please send a note to your child’s teacher. The note should include your child’s teacher’s name, your child’s first and last name, the dismissal change and your signature. If we do not receive a note changing dismissal procedures, your child will be put on the bus.

I plan on picking my child up from school at dismissal every day. What is the dismissal procedure?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:51:44-04:00

If you are planning on picking up your child every day, I recommend completing the paperwork for a car tag. This will allow you to either drive up to the multipurpose room (MPR) and pick up your child, or go to the Media Center (please use the back door) to pick him/her up. Another option would be to come to the office, present a picture ID, sign out your child, and get a pink slip. You can then report to the Media Center to pick up your child or have your child called to the office for dismissal. At the end of the afternoon announcements, children being picked up will report to the Media Center for pick-up.

Occasionally I will need to pick up my child early from school. How do I do this?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:51:22-04:00

If you need to pick your child up early, report to the office and sign out your child and present a picture ID. At that time you will either receive a pink slip so you can go get your child, or your child will be called to the office. Parents must go to kindergarten and first grade classrooms to pick up their children.

Our family takes a vacation every year in October. Is this OK?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:51:01-04:00

If at all possible, it is recommended that you schedule your vacations during a time that school is not in session. If this is not possible, please send in a note to your child’s teacher two weeks before the vacation. School Board policy allows for five days to be excused for vacation.

How will I know if my child needs money on his/her lunch account?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:50:34-04:00

You can check the balance on your child’s account on the website listed above. Also, Miss Hope, cafeteria manager, will send home a reminder slip if money is needed

How can I put money on my child’s lunch account?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:50:16-04:00

There are a few ways you can put money on your child’s account. Either you or your child may put money on his/her account in the morning before school. You can also put money on your child’s lunch account online. The link is http://www.pay4lunch.com/cafeprepay.aspx.

What should I do if my child is absent from school?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:49:41-04:00

On the day your child returns from an absence, please send in a note to your child’s teacher. The note should include the teacher’s name, child’s first and last name, current date, date of the absence, reason for the absence and your signature. The note should be turned in to your child’s teacher. It is not necessary for you to call school when your child is absent, but you may if you would like.

When is my child considered tardy for school? What should I do if my child is tardy?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:49:11-04:00

A child is considered tardy if he/she arrives to school after 9:30 a.m. A parent should accompany the child to the office to sign in and pick up a tardy slip. The tardy slip is given to the child’s teacher.

When is breakfast served?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:48:45-04:00

Breakfast is served from 9:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Students riding the bus are released first, at 9:10 a.m., to go to the cafeteria for breakfast.

What is the earliest I can drop my child off at school?WJCC Schools2019-06-12T13:48:09-04:00

School hours are 9:05 a.m. – 4:01 p.m. The earliest you may drop your child off is 9:05 a.m. Drop off is at the first door in the staff parking lot. A teacher will be there to greet your child.


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