Fremont School District 79 incorporates ALICE training as part of its security preparedness measures in the event of an intruder situation. ALICE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. FSD79 students are trained annually in an age-appropriate manner for how to respond should an intruder enter one of the schools.
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.
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.
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.
An evacuation is necessary when it is determined that conditions outside of the building are safer than those inside the building.
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.
In the unfortunate event that an emergency or crisis situation occurs in our area during the school day, we want you 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, we have designed a FSD79 Standardized School Crisis Plan that will guide us in effectively responding to these types of situations. Every September, the District reviews the Crisis Plan with local emergency responders.
While the natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to call or go to the child’s school to safeguard him/her, please understand that doing so may significantly impede our response capabilities, as well as those of our emergency responders. It is vital that school officials, police departments, and fire departments have access to our buildings to manage the situation and give care to students. It is also necessary that our phone lines remain clear.
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, which is located at 22277 W. Erhart Road, Mundelein. When traveling to the reunification site, please be sure to bring picture identification. We will only release students to their legal guardians, or the authorized individuals as listed on students’ emergency forms.
The following methods of communication will be utilized by the District in the event of an emergency:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding student safety, please do not hesitate to contact the assistant principal at your child’s school. Thank you for being our partners in keeping our students safe.
Threat Assessment Procedures
In the event that a threat is reported to a school principal, Step 1 is to evaluate the threat. A specific account of the threat should be obtained by interviewing the student who made the threat, the recipient of the threat, and any other witnesses. The circumstances under which the threat was made and the student’s intentions should be considered.
Step 2 is to decide whether the threat is transient or substantive. Factors that will be taken into consideration include the student’s age, the credibility of the threat, and any previous discipline history. If it is determined the threat is transient, then Step 3 may include a consequence, parental notification, or other disciplinary action. The student may be required to make amends and attend mediation or counseling.
If the threat is substantive or the threat meaning is not clear, then Step 4 is to decide the severity of the threat as serious or very serious.
A serious threat initiates Step 5. In this case, immediate precautions are taken to protect potential victims, including notifying the potential victim and that intended victim’s parents. The parents of the individual making the threat also will be notified. Contacting law enforcement is also considered at this point. The student will be consequenced in relation to the severity and chronicity of the situation.
A threat that is determined to be very serious initiates Step 6 and precautions are taken to protect the potential victim, as well as notify that individual and his/her parents. Parents of the individual who made the threat are notified and law enforcement also is consulted. A mental health evaluation of the student will take place and the student will be consequenced as appropriate. Finally, Step 7 is to implement a written safety plan and to revise the plan, as needed, while maintaining contact with the student.
Emergency and School Closing Notifications
Fremont School District 79 emergency and school closing announcements will be made through the following methods:
- 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.