Family residency verification at OPRF begins

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Oak Park and River Forest High School's residency verification process began this week. All families with students enrolled must come to the high school this week with the proper documentation to prove where they live.

The residency checks runs from April 8 to Tuesday, April 16. Proper documentation includes tax bills, signed leases and utility bills.

The high school is doing a one-year pilot of the new process before deciding whether to maintain it permanently.

Students will not be allowed to enroll unless their parents can verify residency. Dates to verify include:

  • 4-8 p.m., Monday, April 8 thru Thursday April 11
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday April 12 (non-attendance day; building open)
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday April 13
  • 4-8 p.m., Monday April 15 thru Tuesday April 16

For more information: OPRF Registrar's Office, 708-434-3260, or

Some parents opt out of off-campus lunch privilege

The parents or guardians of roughly 200 Oak Park and River Forest High School students have said their teens can't leave campus for lunch, even though those kids meet the school's criteria to do so.

Off-campus lunchtime privileges are given to upper classmen under certain conditions, such has maintaining good grades and having no tardies.

Approximately 1,175 students are eligible to leave campus, according to data from the high school.

But the parents of those students can opt out of off-campus privileges for their kids. A total of 222 eligible students were denied the privilege by their parents.

Cellphone/electronics recycling underway at OPRF

The electronic recycling deadline at Oak Park and River Forest High School is this Friday, April, 12.

Old or unwanted cell phones, printers, scanners, and even microwaves or air conditioners can be dropped off at the school's Student Activity Center on the first floor near the main Scoville entrance.

The recycling program is being led by the school's Gospel Choir. Broken electronics are also being accepted.

Seminars for parents

Students aren't the only ones being educated at OPRF. This month, the school is hosting several seminars for parents concerning their kids.

Next Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m., the school will host an "Internet Safety 101" seminar for parents. Conducted by the River Forest Police Department, the class will teach parents internet safety tips, and laws related to cyber bullying and online harassment.

"A Parent Academy Road Map" seminar is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23

"The Parents' Academy" seminar will teach parent how to talk with their kids about, and identify risky behaviors. Parent will also learn how to create an "action plan" to prevent drug and alcohol use.

"Your Kids & Sex" seminar is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8. This parent forum focused on how to communicate effectively with teens about risky behaviors.

To RSVP for any of the seminars: 708-434-3806 or email

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