Post Office And Schools Get A Do Over

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By John Hubbuch

It is not often that an organization gets a chance to address same emergency in the same month, but Monday and Tuesday's predicted deep freeze give both Oak Park schools and its post office that very opportunity. Whatever they did wrong they have the opportunity to correct. coincidentally both emergencies happened on a Monday. At least this time there will not be a foot of new fallen snow. 

This is relatively easy for District 97 and 200. If you closed 3 weeks ago because you feared for student safety in 40 degree below windchill, then you close again for minus 40 degree below windchill. I suppose you do have some concern that you will have to make up these days at the end of the school but the prospect of  frost bitten children trumps that and other concerns. 

Now the post office is another story. It failed to deliver mail for a week last time, and people were really mad. The problems were multiple, but lots of mail carriers were sick, called in sick, couldn't get in or used personal days. One could speculate the same folks might not show up again. I'm  sure morale is terrible. Almost certainly streets and sidewalks will be more accessible this time than last. We shall see. 

 I thought do overs were only for youth sports. Looks like the post office is going to get a do over of its own.

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RLopez from Oak Park  

Posted: January 28th, 2014 12:24 PM

Last week we received mail on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Today is Tuesday and I expect that there will be no delivery just like yesterday. When we have gotten mail this month it has been 3 or 4 pieces...not the usual volume at all. I am starting to get calls asking if I have received this or that and I have to keep explaining the issue. Again, I totally get not going out in dangerous/abnormal conditions but I don't have faith that everything is being delivered.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 26th, 2014 8:53 PM

John, the post office still has not corrected it's delivery problems.. We in south oak park are now up to 3 days per week for mail delivery. But I would rather not get any mail tomorrow or Tuesday with the weather that is coming. Be safe out there and hope to see some mail on Wednesday.

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