Student Release

  • The forms and guidelines below were developed by a working group of school administrators, staff and parents to facilitate student release and standardize procedures among Marin County schools 

    Four Steps to Student Release

    School Staff

    1. ​​At REQUEST GATE, verify parent ID and authorization.
    2. Direct parents to REQUEST GATE.  Radio or send runner for student.
    3. At RELEASE GATE, verify that Student Request Form is signed.
    4. Release student to custody of authorized adult.


    1. Fill out Student Request Form
    2. Show photo ID at REQUEST GATE
    3. Move to RELEASE GATE to wait for student
    4. Leave campus immediately after student is released to your custody


    Student Emergency Contact Card​

    School nurses participated in the development of the Student Emergency Contact Card.  It contains student and parent/guardian contact information, adults authorized for student pick up, and medical background about the student. Print double-sided in landscape page setup on card stock.

    Student Request Form

    This form is used to request the release of a student from the school site and facilitate verification of the authorization to pick up the student. Print on brightly colored paper and distribute to parents to implement the student release process.
    Population Assessment Signs

    These signs are used at the evacuation assembly area to inform the Incident Commander whether all students and staff are accounted for or if there is a problem.  Print "All Clear" on green sheets, "Need Help" on red sheets and laminate the signs.  Distribute to teachers for their classroom emergency backpacks.
    72-Hour Medical Authorization​​

    This form should be provided with a Ziploc bag to store medication that is only used for emergency situations.  Print the 72-hour Medical Authorization on lime-green paper with the Spanish translation on the reverse side.  A cover letter to parents explaining the request for a 72-hour supply of emergency medicine is available in English and Spanish. Medication that must be administered daily to a student should be sent to school separately.  Unused medication is returned to families at the end of the school year.  


    Managing Student Release Model Guide

    This is a double-sided flipchart that describes the student release plan, including staff assignments, population assessment, advice for parents and customizing instructions.
    Advice for Parents

    A backer's dozen of reminders for parents or guardians when the student release procedures are implemented at a school.
    Student Release Scenarios

    A dozen hypothetical variations on requests to pick up students to test student release procedures.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    A page of questions which were asked during a Model Student Release Plan workshop to help schools organize their procedures.