District personnel have developed a plan that utilizes best practices for ensuring the safety of students and staff in any type of incident. Fort Worth ISD personnel are committed to keeping children safe until they can be reunified with their parents.
Can I pick up my child?
Not necessarily. Remember, school may be the safest place for children to be. When public safety or District officials have reason to restrict access to a campus, it is generally because there is a threat or unsafe conditions in the area. In this case, it is safer for students to remain on campus and parents to wait until they are given access to the school. Coming to the school before public safety officials have cleared the threat may put the parent or other visitor in danger. During any emergency, as much as possible, school personnel will maintain a safe and normal environment for children. The school day is not automatically canceled in emergency situations.
Who can pick up my child?
Children will be released only to individuals who are authorized on the student’s emergency information form. The emergency form is completed by parents and guardians at the start of each school year. Approved Identification is necessary for parent-student reunification.
Does the school store adequate food, water and other basic supplies?
In the event that children need to be sheltered at the school, food, water and other supplies will be available.
What is a parent-student reunification site?
If public safety or District officials require that a school building be evacuated, students and staff members will be safely transported to a designated parent-student reunification center. Parents will be informed of the reunification location via the District website and local news media. At the reunification center, students will be released to their parents or other authorized individuals upon presentation of approved identification.
Why can’t I get the evacuation and parent-student reunification locations ahead of time?
In consideration of the safety of all of our students, Fort Worth ISD does not release this specific information prior to emergency situations due to circumstances which might force changes to previously designated locations. Parents will be informed of parent-student reunification center locations via the local news media and through the District’s website.
What can I expect at the parent-student reunification location?
Parents will bring their approved identification (driver license, state-issued ID, passport, utility bill with name and address) to the Request Gate, where they complete Student Release Form which will be verified by a staff member. The parent will then be asked to wait in the Release Area where they will be reunited with their child following an additional verification by staff.