In case of a school emergency or a natural disaster, you need to be aware of our school’s plan for releasing your child. First and foremost, remain calm. Remember, it is our primary concern that students remain safe at all times, and there is a plan for an orderly dismissal and release of our students. When you learn that your child’s school is in a lockdown situation, or any other emergency situation, do not call the school and do not come to the school. Staff will be very busy during an emergency and will not be able to attend to the safety of your children if they have to answer your phone calls.
If you come to the school during an emergency, in all likelihood you will not be allowed into the school or even into the inner perimeter set up by emergency responders. The presence of hundreds of parents showing up on the scene will hinder the efforts of emergency responders which in turn may jeopardize the safety of your child. Instead, if the situation warrants the release of students, direct notification to your listed emergency contact numbers as well as the use of local news media will provide instructions on when and where the release will take place. Students may be bussed to an off-site location for their release to parents.
Once an all-clear is given at the school, and if there is a need to release students for the day, the Student and Family Reunification Plan will be put into place. For the safety of every child, we must document to whom each child is released. Students will only be released to a parent, guardian, or childcare personnel as designated on your child’s school Contact, Medical, and Emergency Form.
When you arrive at the facility where students will be released, proceed to the Check – In Gate and plan to do the following:
1. Fill out a Student Release Form
2. Present picture identification
3. Move to the Student Release Gate and wait for your child
4. A runner will go to the Assembly Area, get your child, and bring him/her to the release area
5. Be prepared to show your ID again
6. Sign for the student and depart
REMINDER: Your child will be released only to those listed on the Contact, Medical, and Emergency Form. It is therefore imperative that you keep information on your child’s Contact, Medical, and Emergency Form up to date. Know also that for any reason your child is not picked up, he/she will be placed in an alternate place of safety.
These procedures should be shared with everyone you list on the Contact, Medical, and Emergency Form so they are familiar with our plan and these concerns. If you have any questions about the Student and Family Reunification Plan, contact your child’s school principal.