A water pipe break at Oak Park and River Forest High School has led to an emergency evacuation of all students from the campus. The break took place on a daycare playground on the northwest side of campus near the tennis courts and softball field.
All classes and after-school activities for Wednesday have been cancelled.
“The building wasn’t flooded and nobody was in danger,” said District 200 Communications Director Karin Sullivan.
She said that, as a result of the break, water service to bathrooms and the cafeteria was cut-off.
According to unconfirmed reports, the water pipe that ruptured at around 7 a.m. was around 6 inches in diameter and served the school’s sprinkler system. According to one source, at one point, the pipe was gushing almost 300 gallons of water a minute. The pipe belongs to OPRF and not the village of Oak Park.
Sullivan said she notified parents soon after the break happened and before students were let out.
She couldn’t determine whether or not classes would resume Thursday, but said that parents would be informed of any updates.
In a press release issued by the school, Superintendent Steven Isoye said the decision to cancel classes was not made lightly.
“Without any facilities available, we are not able to provide any alternative activities or supervision for students while the building is closed,” Isoye said. “We recognize that this will create a major inconvenience, and likely concern, for many families. Please understand that the extremity of the circumstances have necessitated this decision.”