Responding to Emergencies

  • To report an emergency at one of our schools or facilities, first call 911, then report it to our main office at 206-631-7600.

    Please check our homepage for Emergency Alert notices.

    The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. The information below will assist parents and families in the event of an emergency. For your own safety and the safety of your child, please do not come to the school to retrieve students unless notified to do so.

    Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult. We take the decision-making process very seriously. Learn more about how we make decisions on changing the school schedule


    In the event of an emergency such as a snowstorm, windstorm, earthquake, threat to campus or other events, Highline Public Schools may change school start or dismissal times for student safety, or implement safety procedures.

    We will communicate emergency information with parents through:
    • Mobile app alerts and email notifications. Please download Highline's mobile app, and provide the school with your current email address.
    • Automated phone calls. Please provide your school with current telephone numbers to reach you and other emergency contacts. 
    • Announcements on district and school websites.
    • Announcements on social media. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
    • Announcements on TV and radio. Click here to view a list of local TV and radio stations. 

    What to Expect

    Here is a list of the type of schedule changes you can expect during weather-related events or other emergencies.

    Learn more about safety procedures, such as lockdown, shelter-in-place, and evacuation, and in what types of emergencies they are used.
    This Family Communication Chart (pdf) illustrates what modes of communication we use during a threat to campus, depending on the situation.