Emergency Instructions for Parents

Families are encouraged to be prepared in the event an emergency occurs during school hours.

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Families can, and do, cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team with their school. Knowing what to do is your best protection.

Whether it's a natural disaster such as a snowstorm, earthquake, mud flow, flood, or windstorm or a man-made disaster, a crisis is an event over which we have very little control.

Before a crisis or natural disaster: 

  • Ensure that your child’s enrollment information is up to date with correct and current information about individuals (designees) who are allowed to pick up your student(s).

In the event of a crisis or natural disaster: 

  • Please do not call the school, transportation department, or district office. Phone lines, if working, will be used for emergency communication.
  • Students may or may not be sent home during a crisis. The school district will keep parents and the public informed through posts on Facebook, Twitter, this website, and/or the Public Schools Emergency Communications System on the following radio and TV broadcasts: KIRO 97.3 FM and KOMO 1000 AM, and KIRO TV Channel 7, KOMO TV Channel 4, and KING TV Channel 5. 
  • No elementary child will be dismissed from school unless a parent or approved designee comes for him or her. All parents or approved designees who come for their children must show picture identification before signing the student out.
  • Schools are likely to be one of the safest places that children could be located during most crises or natural disasters. Staff members will remain with the children until all have been reunited with their parents or approved designees.
  • Elementary children may be moved to a different school site if the crisis is localized.
  • Bus riders will remain with their drivers. If a child has been let off his or her regular bus stop prior to the disaster, you should expect to find your child at home. For children who are still on the bus, the driver will make his or her way back to the school as conditions permit.
  • Buses will drive by A.M. stops, if safe to do so, and pick up any children waiting there. They will be transported to school as conditions permit.
  • If it is too hazardous to move the bus, children will remain on the bus until help arrives.