Circumstances may occur at the school that require parents/guardians to pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release. The process of controlled release is called a reunification and may be necessary due to weather, a power outage, hazmat or if a crisis occurs at the school.
Grand County School District will use a variety of resources to notify parents/guardians including:
Text, phone message, and/or email through ParentLink
Grand County School District Website (Safety Tab)
Parents/guardians may be notified during certain situations and instructed to visit the Grand County School District Facebook page or website for on-going updates. It is important that parent/guardian and emergency contact information is up to date. If you need to update this information, please do so through your Aspire account https://sis.seschools.org/Login/ or contact the school office.
If a parent/guardian is notified that a controlled release and reunification is needed, there are some expectations that parents/guardians should be aware of. First, bring identification. That will streamline things during reunification. Second, be patient. Reunification is a process that protects both the safety of the student and provides for an accountable change of custody from the school to a recognized custodial parent or guardian.
What if a Parent Can’t Pick-up Their Student?
When a parent can’t immediately go to the reunification site, students will only be released to individuals previously identified as a student’s emergency contact.
For parents/guardians, there are a couple of steps. If driving to the school, greater awareness of traffic and emergency vehicles is advised. Parents/guardians should park where indicated and not abandon vehicles. Parents/guardians are asked to go to the Reunification “Check- In” area and form lines based on the first letter of their student’s last name. While in line, parents/guardians are asked to fill out a reunification card. This card is perforated and will be separated during the process. Some of the same information is repeated on both the top and separated bottom of the card. Parents/guardians are asked to complete all parts of the card.
In the case of multiple students being reunified, a separate card for each student needs to be completed.
Bring ID to Check In
During check in, identification and custody rights are confirmed. The card is separated and the bottom half given back to the parent/guardian. From the “Check In” area parents/guardians are directed to the “Reunification” area. There, a runner will take the bottom half of the card and take it to the Student Assembly Area to recover the student or students.
To familiarize students, parents/guardians and staff with the reunification process, the Grand County School District plans to hold drills at all campuses. It is important to note that this is a learning process that will help the School District identify issues and improve our plan with each drill. We welcome feedback from parents/guardians, staff and the community following each drill.