Status of School and Activities for Jan. 29, 30 and 31

The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerously frigid weather for the next few days. Based on this forecast, District 97 has the made the following decisions about school attendance, extra-curricular activities and parent-teacher conferences so that families and staff can plan accordingly.

All after school and evening activities for today, Tuesday, Jan. 29, have been canceled with two exceptions. Aftercare programming and services will still be provided as scheduled by organizations such as Hephzibah, Right at School, Apollo and Beye Discovery. In addition, the District 97 Board of Education will be holding a shortened version of its meeting that will be limited to a discussion about time-sensitive agenda items requiring action, including a bond issue, the third bid package for the Lincoln and Longfellow expansion projects, the Illinois Balanced Accountability Measurement Framework Rubrics for Brooks, Julian and Whittier, board meeting minutes and the consent agenda (bill list and personnel action). All other items, including the conversation about the district’s draft equity policy, will be tabled for discussion during a future board meeting.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, classes and all before school, after school and evening activities, including aftercare programming, have been canceled. In addition, the district’s administration building will be closed.

On Thursday, Jan. 31, classes and all before school and after school student activities have been canceled. However, with the temperature expected to warm up in the afternoon, parent-teacher conferences will proceed as planned. All school-based staff that are scheduled to take part in or assist with conferences or training should report to their buildings at noon. If staff have questions about their responsibilities for the day, they should contact their building principal. The district’s administration building will also be open from noon until 4:30 p.m. If parents/guardians are unable to attend their scheduled conference on this day, we ask that they please notify their child's teacher as soon as possible.

According to the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart, it will take less than 10 minutes for frostbite to set in if the temperatures on these days reach their predicted lows with the wind chill. With this in mind, we strongly recommend that you avoid spending extended time outside if possible. You can also access information from the Village of Oak Park, including safety tips and the location of warming centers, by clicking here.

Barring any additional inclement weather, we anticipate classes will be back in session on Friday, Feb. 1. As a reminder, elementary schools will dismiss at 11 a.m. and middle schools will dismiss at noon on Friday due to conferences. With that said, we encourage you to continue monitoring e-mail, the district’s family of websites, social media and the local press for updates about the weather and its impact on our schools.