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Emergency Response Student Release

While thinking about emergencies on campus, it’s both important and empowering to be prepared!

Tierra Linda uses protocols developed by the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities in San Mateo County, called “The Big Five.” Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Big Five

Protocols. Big 5 Emergency one pager

If you want to dig a little deeper, take a look at the Big Five Community Packet.  


Our emergency plan includes communication with the district and parents. Teachers are assigned to various emergency response roles, including student assembly leaders who stay and supervise students in grade level teams when other teachers are “deployed” to their duty. Our plan also includes entrance security, with staff at each of our entrance and exit areas directing emergency response vehicles and personnel as well as parents, and it includes a student release protocol. Students will be released individually to parents or authorized guardians and adults at the student release station which parents will be informed of upon entering campus. Parents will be directed to park off site allowing for emergency vehicles to have priority. It is critical that parents follow our student release protocol so we can make sure all students are safe and accounted for.


In the event of a true emergency, the best thing you can do as a parent is to stay away from the school (and refrain from calling both the school and your child) until you are notified to come pick up your student.  We understand that this is extremely difficult but it’s important for us to focus on students in an emergency.  While keeping parents calm and informed is critical, student safety will be our highest priority and it’s best if we can avoid anything that distracts from that. 


Certain situations may involve releasing students from school or relocating them at a time when parents expect their children to be at the school site. A School Administrator or law enforcement will implement student release in times of extreme emergency. Whenever possible, it is preferred that students remain at school during the academic day.  If we have a Lockdown Emergency Protocol, please do not call your child's cell phone as this may impact student and staff safety.  The best resource for current information during an emergency would be the Tierra Linda website or San Carlos School District website.  Emergency notifications and communication will be sent through School Messenger.
It is important to keep your emergency contact information updated.  If you have changes during the year, please contact the school office.
Process for Student Release in Case of Emergency:
  1. Park car on the street. Our driveway needs to be clear for emergency support vehicles and will be blocked off.  The line for pick up will be on the sidewalk along Dartmouth and along the sidewalk of our driveway.  Map for Student Release.
  2. Wait in line and have your ID ready along with students' first and last name.
  3. Move to release table. Be prepared to show ID. At the table, staff will use a walkie talkie to call students.  TL and Mariposa siblings will be released together and wait in the same area for release. Wait for student to be called. You may only sign out students you are authorized to sign out on emergency paperwork.
  4. Leave campus immediately after student is released to your custody.