Safe and Welcoming Schools – Safety Response Drill

Magnolia Reunification Plan

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

Magnolia Student Reunification Plan

The information below outlines the process Magnolia Elementary 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 Magnolia if you cannot.

It is critical that you follow the proper procedures in retrieving your child(ren) so that we can 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

Take a deep breath and be prepared to be patient – this is a big task and our caring staff will work as quickly as possible to reunite you with your child(ren).

Please be sure to have your photo I.D. with you when you arrive at school. You may want to take a photo of your driver’s license or other photo I.D. in advance so that it is accessible on your phone in case it accidentally gets left behind. Please note that we cannot release children to an adult without first verifying their identity via photo I.D.

Do not enter the school or the playground.

Step 1: Parent Check-In Stations

You will start at the first of two lines set up outside the school:

  • For families of students in pre-K-1, the check in table will be at the Main Office entrance off 28th Ave W. This line will form south along 28th, toward W McGraw St.
  • For families of students in 2-5, the check-in table will be at the loading dock/Cafeteria entrance off W Smith St. This line will form east along W. Smith St toward Ella Bailey Park
Aerial map of Magnolia Elementary. Main entrance is marked with a star and text that reads "Pre-k -1grades". The loading dock entrance is also marked with a star and text that reads "2-5 grades".
Magnolia Elementary Reunification Map

If you have students in both grade bands, you can choose which line to join. There is no need for two adults or to line up twice.

While you are standing outside of the building in this line, you will be asked to fill out a Student-Release/Runner Form.

When you arrive at the front of this line, 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.

  • 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.

A runner will then collect your child(ren) and hand them off to you.

Step 2: Departure

Once you have been reunited with your child(ren), please do not linger at the school unless you have been asked to help. 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.

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 directly from Magnolia.

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 phones 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 case of an emergency.

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

When you Arrive at Magnolia

Stay calm; be helpful: your child(ren) is/are 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 the school, please walk. If you need to drive, please park on one of the streets nearby. Please do not block our neighbor’s driveways, even temporarily.

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

When you first arrive, go to the “Parent Check-In” station. Do not attempt to enter the school or the playground. Please go through all of the procedures as instructed before removing your child(ren) from school. The location of the “Parent Check-In” station will likely be at the front entrance but could change to the gate on McGraw by the playground depending on the type of emergency.

If you arrive before the “Parent Check-In” 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. If you are able, please consider volunteering to help with the setup or distributing Student-Release/Runner forms to people waiting in the “Parent Check-In” line.

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

Our school’s “Incident Command System” will likely be in place if the emergency is severe and will require us to solicit additional volunteers to manage the reunification process.

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.