Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Procedures Guide

All schools will have a colored flip chart, pictured at right, with Emergency Guide procedures posted in each classroom. This page is intended as a backup to that information in an event that the printed version is inaccessible. 

Fire & Evacuation


  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 9-1-1.
  • Evacuate the building. Refer to the evacuation route map posted by your location and proceed to your safety location.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared by the fire department.


  • If there is a need to evacuate your classroom or the site, follow Building Emergency Response Team (BERT) directions.
  • Take your student roster and the disaster kits with you.
  • Take student attendance and report any missing and/or injured students to your administrator/BERT.

Ensure Safety & Security Dept. (x7600) is aware you called 9-1-1


Shelter-in-place is appropriate for threats posed by atmospheric contamination. These threats could include accidents or attacks involving chemical, biological or radiological hazards.


  • Close and lock all exterior windows and doors to prevent inadvertent opening.
  • Move all personnel to designated interior rooms for shelter-in-place.
  • Designated staff should bring updated attendance reports, grab-and-go bags, Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and other equipment to the shelter-in-place locations.
  • Turn off all heating, ventilation and air conditional (HVAC) systems.
  • Take attendance and report it to the principal/designee (BERT).
  • If students have cell phones, allow them to use them to call a parent or guardian to let them know that they have been asked to remain in school until further notice, and that they are safe.

Note: Determine interior shelter-in-place rooms/space in coordination with local emergency response officials. Select areas with the least potential exposure to outside air.

Calling 911

Determine the facts, make sure scene is safe and secure the scene.
If there is an immediate threat to life or property, don’t hesitate or second guess –CALL 9-1-1 (dialing 9 for outside line).
If the situation is not life threatening, or does not require an emergency response by police or fire, contact your Building Emergency Response Team (BERT).
Stay on the phone and follow their instructions.

When you do call 9-1-1:

Give the address and clear directions.
If possible, have someone meet responders when they arrive and direct them to the exact location of the incident.

Ensure Safety & Security Dept. (x7600) is aware you called 9-1-1


Drop, cover and hold on under a table or desk or against an inside wall (not in a door way) until the shaking stops.
After the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move towards the nearest exit.
Follow the directions of the Building Emergency Response Team (BERT).
Be prepared for aftershocks.
If your school is evacuated, take your student roster and the disaster kits with you.
Take student attendance and report any missing students to your administrator/BERT.

Threats / Weapons / Bomb

Engage caller, and if possible, record conversation.
Ask these questions and write down exact responses:

  • Where is the bomb?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • When is it going to explode?
  • Why are you doing this?
  • What does it look like?
  • What is your name? Who are you?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • Where are you calling from?


Assess the situation and notify the office, if possible.
Attempt to diffuse potential violent acts, if safe to do so.
Do not confront someone with a weapon.
Be prepared to assist with evacuating the school if needed.
Call 9-1-1.

Ensure Safety & Security Dept. (x7600) is aware you called 9-1-1.

Medical Emergencies

Do not move a person if they have a head, neck, or back injury, or is having trouble breathing. If there is a clear danger of further injury, then move the person carefully to safety.

Do not deal with medical emergencies by yourself –get help!

While you give first aid, have someone else:

  1. Survey the scene and make sure it is safe.
  2. Call 9-1-1 and ensure Safety & Security (x7600) is called.
  3. Notify the office staff, who will notify the nurse if available.

Administering Care:

  • Do not delay emergency medical care because you cannot reach a parent or legal guardian. Use your best judgement.
  • Check the person’s Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABC).
  • Someone trained in CPR, AED, and first aid should start providing emergency care.
  • Do not use a personal or district vehicle to transport a critically ill or injured student. Call 9-1-1 for a transport.

Active Shooter / Intruder

If an armed or threatening intruder comes into the building, it is very important that you report it immediately and decide on the safest course of action. Call 9-1-1.


If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to leave.
Warn others not to enter the area.
Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.


If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.
Lock the door and block with heavy furniture.
Close, cover and move away from windows.


As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and incapacitate the threat.

Ensure Safety & Security Dept. (x7600) is aware you called 9-1-1


A Quick Reference Guide 

Modified Lockdown Full Lockdown
Concern or emergency in the community Concern or emergency in building or on the grounds OR in/on surrounding schools
Get all students into a classroom Get all students into a classroom
Close & lock all doors and windows Close & lock all doors and windows
Close blinds or cover all windows Close blinds or cover all windows
Continue to teach as normal Stop teaching
Move all students to a safe area away from windows
Stay out of sight and below window level (Duck & Cover)
Only move through the building as a whole class No one moves about room or through the building
Speak in normal voice NO TALKING
Students do not go outside Do not go outside

Follow these guidelines until the “ALL CLEAR” is announced or you receive additional directions from administrators and/or office staff. Should an evacuation occur, all will be directed by law enforcement or administration to a safe location. Attendance should be taken to account for all students.


You will be directed by Law Enforcement or Safety & Security about the reunification process. The Incident Commander will lead.
In an emergency, schools must establish a safe area for parents to go to pickup their children. This area must be away from both the damage and the students’ assembly area. In a typical release the following steps will be followed:

  • Parents will report to the assigned area and give the name of their child(ren). Parents should expect instructions from the District Communications Office
  • Picture I.D. will normally be required by the person in charge to insure the person requesting the child(ren) is a match to the name in the student’s records.
  • A runner will go to the student assembly area and get the child(ren) requested by the parent or adult. The runner will escort the student back to the pick-up area.
  • Parents will be asked to sign a form indicating they picked up their child(ren). The date and time will also be indicated on the pick-up form.
  • If the child is in the first aid area, the parent will be escorted to that area for reunification.
  • Counselors, when available, will be located close to the first aid area in the event they are needed.

DO NOT release students to people not listed in the student’s records.

Important Numbers

Emergency Lines

Remember to dial 9 first when dialing an outside number

Police/FirstAid/Fire 911
HPS Safety & Security Department x7600
HPS Main Number x3000
HPS Health & Social Services Department x3011
HPS Student Support & Family Engagement x3003
HPS Communication x3002
HPS Maintenance, Operations & Facilities x7501
HPS Transportation x7502
King County Emergency Management 206-296-3830
Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority 253-856-4300
US Weather Service 206-526-6087
Poison Control 800-222-1222


Non-emergency lines

Burien Police Dept. 206-296-3311
Des Moines Police Dept. 206-878-3301
Highline/Burien/NP Fire Dept. 206-242-2040
King County Sheriff’s Office 206-296-3311
North Highline Fire Department 206-243-0330