PALS Safe Center for Remote Learning

The Vernon Hills Park District has partnered with Hawthorn School District 73 to provide an in-person program for remote learning. The PALS Safe Center for Remote Learning is offered to Hawthorn School District 73 students in grades K-6 at Townline School/School of Dual Language. The purpose of this program is to provide working families an opportunity to enroll their children in a supervised, quality program, located in a quiet environment where they can safely complete their remote learning. The Park District is committed to following all COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control.

Remote learning class time is held in the gymnasiums with desks spaced at least six feet apart from one another. There is a maximum of 50 students per gymnasium. Students must have a face mask, water bottle, and their school supplies (fully charged devices, headphones, charger, notebooks, pens and pencils, etc.) with them each day. Students’ regular school teachers will provide all remote learning. Students will be supervised by both Vernon Hills Park District staff and Hawthorn 73 paraprofessionals.  Students will also have access to Hawthorn technology support should there be a need.  Additionally, students will have supervised time for free play and will be separated into smaller groups.

Students must bring a lunch and snacks from home OR enroll in the School District’s meal program. Snacks must be in compliance with the Hawthorn Safe Snack list available on the School District website.

School District’s Meal Program: Breakfast and lunch is available through the School District’s meal program.  Individually packaged breakfast and lunch meals will be available for consumption on site. Families must commit to the meal program for two weeks at a time. An order form will be sent out to all District families and participating families must indicate student participation in the PALS Safe Center for Remote Learning program on the meal program order form. The School District will charge student accounts for meals according to their meal status: paid, reduced, or free. If you have any questions regarding your student’s meal status, please contact Shari Niemesz via email at or at 847-990-4272.


Registration – 2 Options:

Remote Learning Option Monthly Fee Register
7:30 am – 3:30 pm $550 REGISTER 3:30 pm
7:30 am – 5:30 pm $688 REGISTER 5:30 pm

This program is only available as a 5-day, Monday-Friday option.

There are limited openings for the PALS Safe Center for Remote Learning program.  Your child(ren) will be placed on a wait list until you are contacted by the Anna Swain, PALS Supervisor.

No payment is due at the time of registration by selecting Automatic Payment Schedule as your Payment Option. The PALS Safe Center for Remote Learning fee will be charged monthly as long as remote learning is still in session.  Charges will process on the 24th of the month. Payments must be made through an auto-debit from a credit/debit card.

Refunds If a student can resume in-person learning at their home school, a refund will be issued for pre-paid days they do not attend PALS Safe Center for Remote Learning, and no further charges will occur.