Safety and Security

FSD79 Safety and Security

ALICE

Bullying

  • Fremont School District 79 is dedicated to providing an educational environment free from bullying, hazing, harassment, and cyberbullying. A student who feels that he/she has been bullied, hazed, harassed, or cyberbullied should inform a staff member. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or his/her designee as soon as possible. Anyone may report bullying to the school principals directly by speaking in-person, by mail, by email, or by phone. Additionally, reports of bullying may be filed anonymously to school authorities through the Tip Line on the Fremont School District website or via the Let's Talk option on the FSD79 mobile app. School Board Policy 7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment discusses the FSD79 Board of Education policy in detail.

     

Standard Procedures

  • Soft Lockdown
    A soft lockdown is primarily used in two different scenarios. The first is when conditions exist outside of the school building that could potentially present a threat to the safety of the students and staff. The second is a situation inside the building where the school or local emergency responders need to keep students and staff in their classrooms and away from an incident or activity. During a soft lockdown students and staff can continue normal classroom activities. 

    Hard Lockdown
    A hard lockdown is used when a serious/volatile situation exists that could jeopardize the safety of students and staff. No one is allowed to leave their rooms/offices during a hard lockdown. 

    Evacuation
    An evacuation is necessary when it is determined that conditions outside of the building are safer than those inside the building. 

    Shelter-In-Place
    Sheltering-in-place provides refuge for students and staff inside the school building during a weather, hazardous materials, or other similar emergencies. Students and staff move to designated shelter areas that maximize their safety.

Crisis Plan

  • In the unfortunate event that an emergency or crisis situation occurs on the Fremont School District 79 campus during the school day, the administration would like parents to know that Fremont School District 79 is prepared. With the help of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Countryside Fire Protection District, FSD79 has designed a Standardized School Crisis Plan that will guide staff in effectively responding to these types of situations. Every September the district reviews the Crisis Plan with local emergency responders.

    While a parent's natural instinct in an emergency is to go to their child’s school to safeguard their student, please understand that doing so may significantly impede FSD79's response capabilities as well as those of local emergency responders.  It is vital that school officials and the police and fire departments have access to school buildings to manage the situation and give care to students. In addition, it may be necessary to evacuate students to another location if there is an immediate danger.

    • In the event of a crisis that requires an evacuation or relocation of students, contact the district office at 847-566-0169 for information.  In all other emergency situations, parents should contact the main office of their child’s school.
      • Elementary School 847-837-0437
      • Intermediate School 847-388-3700
      • Middle School 847-566-9384
    • Parents should tune to major local television and radio stations for information on the situation and instructions on how to reunite with their child.  
    • In some emergency or crisis situations, it may be necessary to relocate to another facility for safety reasons. The designated reunification site is Saint Mary’s of the Annunciation located at 22277 W. Erhardt Road, Mundelein. When parents travel to the reunification site, please be sure to bring picture identification.  FSD79 staff will only release students to their legal guardians, or the authorized individuals as listed on a child’s emergency forms.

    If parents have any questions or concerns regarding student safety, please do not hesitate to contact the school's assistant principal through the phone numbers listed above. Thank you for being our partners in keeping Fremont School District 79 students safe.

     

Emergency and School Closing Notifications

  • Fremont School District 79 emergency and school closing announcements will be made through the following methods:

    • Email
    • Automated Telephone Call
    • Text Message
    • Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)
    • FSD79 Website

      How School Closing Is Determined
      Weather: The Fremont School District 79 superintendent takes many factors into consideration before deciding to close schools or release students early. The FSD79 superintendent consults with neighboring superintendents, discusses the matter with the transportation department, and may even talk to local communities about the roads and traffic patterns before coming to a decision. As a rule, Fremont School District 79 will make every attempt to avoid early dismissal of students due to the age of its students and the difficulty in ensuring that a parent or caregiver will be home if a school is dismissed earlier than usual. FSD79's typical procedure to determine school closings related to cold is that if the temperature is 20 degrees below zero or greater, FSD79 will consider closing schools. Fremont School District 79 will also consider closing schools if the wind chill is 35 degrees below zero. Even if the schools are open, the final decision about a child’s attendance remains with the parent. A decision to close or open school cannot take into account every circumstance. FSD79 can best protect the safety and welfare of all students if parents take an active role in deciding what is best for their student with regard to attendance. Children have indoor recess if the wind chill is 10 degrees or below. Please keep in mind that any amount of snow or rain causes slower traffic. So even if the snowfall isn’t enough to cancel school, bus routes and traffic, in general, tend to take longer than usual.

      Unforeseen Conditions: The superintendent or his/her designee may opt to close schools due to unforeseen conditions like a major system failure related to plumbing or electricity.