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In Case of an Emergency

Closure or Delay of School

St. Francis of Assisi School may close in the event of extreme weather conditions or unforeseen emergencies.  Should the principal determine to delay the opening of school or close early, requiring students to be picked up as soon as possible, the school will communicate through the following channels:



To sign up for text alerts from KING5:

  • Go to
  • Input your mobile phone number and your name under “Sign Up for Text Alerts”
  • Under “Choose Your Alerts”, click on “Closings”, then click on “Private Schools”
  • Scroll down the list until you see Francis of Assisi and check the box to the left
  • Click the “Sign Up” button


Natural Disaster

Our goal is that your child(ren) are kept save in the event of a natural disaster such as a major earthquake, disabling storm or any other emergency situation which might occur during the school day.  Since 1994, we have had an earthquake protocol in place which would keep children comfortable for up to two-to-three days.  This plan involves written procedures for staff, drills and drill reviews, storage of student and staff personal emergency kits and storage of additional equipment in the earthquake “bin” located alongside the kindergarten classrooms. We will do everything we can to reunify parents and guardians with their child(ren) as quickly as possible.

  1. In the event of a major disaster, all students will be kept at school until they can be released to their parents or another designated adult. Please keep your family emergency contacts up-to-date, as your child(ren) will be released only to a person whose name is on the list. Inform those whom you have designated of their responsibility in the event of a disaster. Also, inform your child(ren) who you have as emergency contacts so they know who is authorized to pick them up.
  2. If a disaster should occur, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. We will need to keep telephone lines clear for communication with emergency services. We will keep you informed via text alerts, the school website, social media, and Seattle area radio and TV stations as the situation allows.
  3. When you come to the school after a disaster to pick up your child(ren), please maintain a calm and positive attitude in the presence of the students.


Personal Emergency Kits (PEP Kits)

We ask assistance of all parents to provide each child with a personal emergency preparedness kit, also referred to as a PEP Kit.  Suggested items for the PEP Kit are listed in the link below.

Emergency Messaging Procedure

In the event of a natural disaster or school lock-down, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. We will need to keep telephone lines clear for communication with emergency services.  We will keep you informed via the following channels:


If we have been notified by the local authorities to put this procedure in place, we will NOT allow anyone into or out of the school buildings until given the “all clear” notification by the authorities.  Although children often have their own cell phones, please refrain from calling or texting them because this makes some children anxious or upset and we must have their full attention during these situations.



What Your Family Should do to Prepare for Emergency Situations

Please consider reviewing the in-depth information provided below from the Washington State Department of Emergency Management.  It has information about different types of emergency situations that your family should be prepared to face.