Bracing for Winter Weather

  • With cold weather and snow upon us it is important to familiarize yourself with the various ways in which District 79 announces school closings resulting from inclement weather.

    During this time of year school administrators track weather patterns that could require the district to cancel school. As we all know this can be an inexact science but we do our best to balance our first priority of keeping students and staff members safe with maintaining the schedule and routines that our families count on. Typically area superintendents discuss pending weather conditions the evening before and communicate again before dawn to make a final decision on school closings.

    Fremont notifies parents through its Blackboard communication system, which automatically calls parents, emails parents and will send them text messages. The information the district has on file was inputted by parents through the district’s student data system, TeacherEase. Please check your information there. If it is incorrect notify your child’s school of any updates or email the registrar at registrar@fsd79.org. Parents are also notified of school closings through the school website, mobile app push notifications and social media channels.

School Closing Information

  • Fremont school closing announcements will be made in the following way:
     
    1. Automated telephone, email and Texting Notification System
    Blackboard Connect is an automated telephone calling system in which parents receive a pre-recorded telephone call from an administrator informing them of school closings and other emergencies. Parents also receive an email as part of the automated emergency system. Parents who sign up for a text message, will receive that form of notification as well. Email the registrar at registrar@fsd79.org if you would like information sent via text on your cellular device.

    2. Fremont Call-In Telephone Information Line
    847-566-0169 ext. 9401

    3. Website Closing Announcements
    School closings are announced and updated on the Fremont District 79 website at www.fsd79.org.
     
    4. Facebook and Twitter Announcements
    Like Fremont on Facebook and Twitter and receive automatic notices of school closings. 
    Another resource parents can use is www.emergencyclosings.com. Please note that the emergency closings website is run by WGN Radio for the entire Chicagoland region and can be very slow during weather conditions that can result in a large number of school closings throughout Chicagoland.
     
    How School Closing Is Determined
    Weather: The Fremont District 79 superintendent takes many factors into consideration before deciding to close schools or release students early. Fremont’s 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 will make every attempt to avoid early dismissal of students due to the age of our students and the difficulty in ensuring that a parent or care giver will be home if school is dismissed earlier than usual.
     
    Our typical procedure to determine school closings related to cold is that if it is actually 20 below zero or greater temperature-wise, we consider school closure. We also consider closing if 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. We 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.
     
    Unforseen Conditions: The superintendent or his/her designee may opt to close schools due to unforeseen conditions like a major system failure related to plumping or electricity, for instance.

Zero Tolerance

  • We, at Fremont School District 79, promote whole child development in all aspects - academic, social, emotional, and behavioral. These values are reflected throughout our collective community. We do not tolerate bullying and actively work to stop bullying behavior, in any form, and provide universal PBS and second step curriculum for every student PK-8.

    If you have a concern, please fill out the following form, and we will respond promptly.

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 District 79 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 e-mail, or by phone. Additionally, reports of bullying may be filed anonymously to school authorities through the following email addresses: hotline@fsd79.org or via the Let's Talk app available on the District website.

    Jill Gildea, Ed.
    Superintendent of Schools
  • School Board Policy 7:180

    7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

    Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important District goals.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Evacuation

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

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  • Shelter-In-Place

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

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Crisis Procedures

  • 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 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 your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school to safeguard him/her, please understand that doing so may significantly impede our response capabilities as well as those of our local emergency responders. It is vital that school officials and the Police and Fire Departments have access to our 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 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, contact the main office of your child’s school.

    • Elementary School (847) 837-0437
    • Intermediate School (847) 388-3700
    • Middle School (847) 566-9384

    Tune to major local television and radio stations for information on the situation and instructions on how to reunite with your 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 you travel 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 your child’s emergency forms.
    The following methods to the left of this message may be utilized.

Emergency Procedures

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Crisis Planning

  • 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 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 your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school to safeguard him/her, please understand that doing so may significantly impede our response capabilities as well as those of our local emergency responders. It is vital that school officials and the Police and Fire Departments have access to our 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 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, contact the main office of your child’s school. 
    Elementary School (847) 837-0437
    Intermediate School (847) 388-3700
    Middle School (847) 566-9384
    • Tune to major local television and radio stations for information on the situation and instructions on how to reunite with your 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 you travel 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 your child’s emergency forms.

    The following methods of parent communication may be utilized:
    • Blackboard Connect - An automated phone call would be sent to your home or cell phone (similar to the call you receive in the event of a school closing due to snow or other inclement weather).
    • Email - A message would be sent to your email address, which you provided to the school district.
    • Website - The Fremont School District 79 website (www.fsd79.org) would provide information regarding the emergency or crisis.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding student safety, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Principal at your child’s school through the phone numbers listed above. Thank you for being our partners in keeping Fremont students safe.

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Freeman, Ed.D.
    Curriculum Director