District 97 officials announced on Thursday evening that they have decided to close schools on Friday, March 13, in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement comes on the same day that District 200 officials announced that Oak Park and River Forest High School would close tomorrow, as well.
In a statement to students, families and community members, D97 Supt. Carol Kelley said that Friday will be a planning day for staff in order to prepare for remote learning, which will be implemented for all students starting Monday, March 16. Kelley said that the district plans to return to normal operations on March 30.
“However, this is a rapidly-evolving situation and we will keep you informed if our plans change,” she stated.
On Friday, students and families will be able to go to schools between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “to pick up all essential items, books and valuables. After this time students and families will not have any access to the school until further notice.
“Spring break will still be observed Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. Students and staff will not be expected to participate in remote learning (E-learning) during spring break.”
To get more D97 information as the situation evolves, visit the district’s website: https://www.op97.org/updatecenter/index.