Greenwood Elementary

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Greenwood Elementary Reunification Plan

Greenwood Elementary Reunification Plan

The information below outlines the process Greenwood has established to reunite students with their families in the event of an emergency during the school day that requires us to implement our Student-Family Reunification Plan.

Please review this information carefully and share it with any person you’ve designated as an emergency contact which authorizes them to pick up your child(ren) from Greenwood if you cannot.

It is critical that you follow the proper procedures in retrieving your child(ren) so that we are able to reunite families as quickly as possible. Our detailed emergency plan and process for releasing children enables us to keep track of each child throughout the reunification process, including who has picked up the child(ren) and their destination prior to leaving school grounds.

What You Need to Know

Step 1: Parent/Guardian Check-in Stations

We will have 2 Parent/Guardian Check-in Stations. For students with the last names A – J, the check-in table will be at the parking lot gates on NW 80th St. For students with the last names K – Z, the check-in table will be at the bottom of the playground stairs on NW 81st Street. See map below. At these check-ins, you will be asked to fill out a Student-Release/Runner Form. The person in charge will take your form, check your photo I.D., and verify that you are authorized to pick up the child(ren) you are requesting.

Once your I.D. has been matched to the child’s emergency release form, you will walk to the Student Checkout Reunification Station at the playground exit on 1st Ave NW near the bus loading zone.

Note: You may only take someone else’s child if you are a designated emergency contact for that child and your name and contact information matches the information in that child’s student data profile. There can be no exceptions to this requirement.

Step 2: Student Checkout Reunification Station

You will wait in the Student Checkout Reunification area at the playground exit on 1st Ave NW near the bus loading zone.

When your child arrives with the runner, the person in charge at the Student Checkout Reunification table will check for your I.D. verification and require you to sign that you and your child(ren) were reunited.

All paperwork will remain at school.

Step 3: Departure

You may leave with your child(ren) after completing the above steps. Please do not linger at school; it is best to head home so that our staff can finish their work and begin reuniting with their own families as soon as possible.

birds eye view of campus and check-in, check-out, and reunification

Communication in the event of an emergency

If phones and email are working you will receive information directly from Seattle Public Schools. Depending on the situation, you may also receive an automated phone call or email directly from Greenwood.

Please do not call the school. School staff will be busy responding to the emergency, and the needs of students. Depending upon the type of emergency, the school phone system may not be working or staff may have evacuated the building. If school phone lines are operable, they need to remain open and available for school staff to communicate with emergency responders.

Depending on the type of emergency, please call Seattle Public Schools if you’d like additional information. The staff at the district office may have more time and resources to get you the information you need.

  • Communications: 206-252-0200
  • Main Line: 206-252-0000

Have a family plan with a designated contact for all local family members to call in the case of an emergency.

Remember that it is often easier to contact someone outside of the state during local emergencies.

When you arrive at Greenwood

Stay calm; be helpful: Your child is in the safe care of familiar, compassionate people.

Bring your photo I.D. or have a picture of your photo I.D. on your phone.

Parking areas around the school will most likely be closed off to allow access only for emergency vehicles. If you live close to school, please walk. If you need to drive, please park on one of the streets nearby.

If you come to the school during an emergency reunification, please follow the directions from staff. They will be wearing yellow vests to be easily identifiable.

When you first arrive, go to the Parent/Guardian Check-in Station that corresponds to your student’s last name. Do not enter the school or the playground. Please go through all the procedures as instructed before removing your child from school.

If you arrive before the Parent/Guardian Check-In and Student Checkout Reunification staff have set up their stations, please be patient. You will need to wait to leave school with your child until after you have completed the reunification steps outlined above.

Help everyone help every child. Talk to other parents. Contact your family members.

We have plenty of water, food and other emergency supplies on hand at the school to care for your child as long as needed.

Children take emotional cues from adults. Please keep this in mind as you greet your child.

Have your photo I.D. | Stay calm | Be patient | Follow instructions