Oak Park and River Forest High School and Oak Park school District 97 closed their school buildings for Monday Jan. 6, and Tuesday Jan. 7, due to the dangerously cold weather

District 90 in River Forest also closed its schools for Monday and Tuesday. The three districts anticipate reopening their buildings on Wednesday Jan. 8.  

All three districts are coming off winter break but announced Monday’s closings over the weekend. The three districts have announced that their buildings will be closed on Tuesday as well.

Monday at OPRF was originally scheduled for a staff Institute Day with students returning from winter break on Tuesday. The building was also scheduled to be open Monday for co-curricular and other activities. Before and after school activities are cancelled over the next two days at all three school districts.

Temperatures Monday was well below freezing while Tuesday’s temps are expected to be near freezing.

D97 last Friday announced that it was suspending all outdoor activities for Jan. 6, but that classes would remain open. Officials there said they’d be monitoring forecasts over the weekend before deciding on other options. Classes are expecting to resume and administrative offices reopened Wednesday at the three districts. 

D90’s school closing announcement:

Dear District 90 families, faculty and staff,

The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerously frigid temperatures and hazardous travel conditions again tomorrow. In light of these circumstances, District 90 schools and the District Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 7. All scheduled before and after school activities, as well as the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening, are cancelled as well.

It is anticipated that we will be required to use emergency days at the end of the school year. However, we will be sure to communicate the details about changes to the last day of school as soon as they are confirmed. We look forward to starting our second term on Wednesday, if the weather situation improves. Please continue to monitor our website and Facebook page for updates. We thank you for your patience and understanding of our efforts to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

D97’s announcement:

The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerously frigid weather and hazardous travel conditions for Tuesday, January 7. As a result, District 97 classes and after school activities, including Hephzibah programming, have been canceled for that day. In addition, the district’s administration building will be closed.

According to the National Weather Service Wind Chill Chart, which you can access by clicking here, it will take approximately 30 minutes for frostbite to set in if the temperatures on Tuesday morning reach the predicted 30 to 35 degrees below zero with the wind chill. With this in mind, we strongly recommend you avoid spending extended time outside if possible. 

Barring any additional travel challenges or inclement weather, we anticipate classes will be back in session on Wednesday, January 8. However, we encourage you to continue monitoring email, the district’s family of websites and the local media for updates about the weather and its impact on district operations.

OPRF’s announcement:

With the dangerously low temperatures continuing into tomorrow, the district once again will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7. All events are canceled, which means there will be no: classes, practices, activities, appointments or meetings. We anticipate classes will be back in session on Wednesday, January 8, and will post any updates as quickly as possible.

Schools closed Tuesday, Jan. 7

Oak Park Schools

Ascension School

District 97 (Oak Park Elementary)

Hillside Transition Program

Holmes Elementary School

Irving Elementary School

Julian Jr. High School

Lincoln Elementary School

Longfellow Elementary School

Mann Elementary School

Oak Park River Forest High School

Oak Park/River Forest Day Nursery

St. Catherine of Sienna/St. Lucy School

St. Giles School

West Suburban Montessori School

Whittier Elementary School

River Forest Schools

District 90

Grace Lutheran School

Lincoln School

Roosevelt School

St. Luke School

Trinity High School

Willard School

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