Oak Park School District’s 97 and 200 are currently enrolling displaced school children from the ravaged areas of Hurricane Katrina.

At the District 97 elementary schools, five students from four Gulf Coast families have enrolled, a district official said. The specific schools the students are enrolled in is confidential, said the official.

District 200’s Oak Park and River Forest High School currently has no students enrolled from the Gulf Coast. But the school has had inquiries from two New Orleans families now staying with families in Oak Park, a school spokesperson said. One family decided to relocate to Texas. The other is weighing whether to enroll at OPRF or another high school, the spokesperson said.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week ordered Illinois public school districts to enroll students from affected areas. On Tuesday, the governor waved Illinois’ residency and immunization requirements to allow out-of-state enrollment. School districts in other states including Texas, Ohio, California and Missouri have taken similar action. Private and Catholic schools in the state have also agreed to take in students. At least, 135,000 Louisiana school children and 35,000 from Mississippi have been displaced.


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