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900.00 Parent Reunification

In emergency situations when it is necessary to protect the safety of students, staff, and/or others in the school community, the District may restrict the locations where and the times at which parents may reunify with their children who are under the supervision of District personnel. When such restriction is necessary, the District will work to reunify parents and students as quickly and safely as possible.

The Superintendent/designee will develop rules and regulations for implementation of this policy, including related to communication with parents about reunification

Legal Reference:
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5
Iowa Code 280.3

Cross Reference:
507.20 Student Safety
507.50 Emergency Plans and Drills
507.70 Custody and Parental Rights
910.00 Crisis Management
911.00 Emergency Management Planning

Approved:
April 19, 2010

Reviewed:
February 10, 2010
October 19, 2015

February 15, 2021

Revised:
October 19, 2015

February 2015

R.R. for Policy #900.00: Parent Reunification

Each school has a plan and set of procedures for handling emergencies, including appropriate and safe management of parent/child reunification. These plans may provide that, in some instances and if safety dictates, the school will remain open.

Parental Notification: The District is committed to providing parents with the latest and most accurate information available. The method by which the District will typically notify parents of relevant information and provide information related to reunification is described in the annual Parent and Student Handbook.  Parents are strongly encouraged to rely on information shared directly by the District via the official sources described in the handbook.

Parent Responsibilities: Parents should take the following steps to ensure the District is able to implement emergency procedures in a safe, smooth fashion:

  • Avoid physically coming to the child’s school and/or to the sight of a school activity during an emergency unless and until directed to do so by District staff. Instead, wait for official notification from the District on how, when, and where to respond.
  • Avoid calling the school or District during an emergency.
  • Use the approved, school-sanctioned process to designate and regularly update the information for emergency contacts who the parent has authorized to pick up the student in the case of an emergency. Only authorized persons (parents/guardians who are legally entitled to pick up the student and/or designated emergency contacts) will be permitted to pick up a student.  Emergency contacts must be designated in writing; no phone authorizations will be permitted.
  • Be prepared to show a government-issued photo ID – and direct any designated emergency contact to be prepared to do the same – at the reunification site prior to picking up a student.
  • Cooperate with safety, emergency management, and District officials.

900F – Emergency Management Form