District 97 Information and Resources

Below is information about District 97 we thought our families might find helpful as we start the 2013-2014 school year.

You can access the 2013-2014 calendars for the schools and the district by clicking here. You also have the ability to export the school and/or district calendars to your personal calendars. To export any of our online calendars, please visit here and click on the export button next to the calendar you want to share with your own.

Community Listerv
The district has an e-mail listserv we will use to disseminate important information during the school year. If you are interested in signing up for this listserv, please click here. You can also automatically unsubscribe from the listserv at any time by clicking here.

Community Resources
You can access links to a variety of community resources, including the Village of Oak Park, Oak Park River Forest High School, the Oak Park Public Library and the Park District of Oak Park byclicking here.

District 97 Board of Education
The District 97 Board of Education meetings are open to the public, and are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the board room of the administration building, which is located at 970 Madison Street. The board meeting schedule is set at the beginning of each year, and can be accessed by clicking here or obtained from the board secretary by calling (708) 524-3009. The agenda and packet of materials for each board meeting can be accessed by clicking here, approved board meeting minutes can be accessed by clicking here, and the email addresses for all seven board members can be accessed by clicking here.

Digital Backpack
District 97’s digital backpack is used to keep parents/guardians informed about what is happening in the schools and community, while also reducing the amount of paper we use. The Web-based backpack features links and PDFs containing information that had previously been distributed in a hard copy format. A link to each school’s backpack is featured in the main navigation of the school website, as well as on the district’s site.

If you do not have the means to receive weekly packet information electronically, please contact the front office staff of your child’s school and arrangements will be made to provide you with this information in a hard copy format.

Fee Payment
You can make fee and food service payments via the district’s Web store, which can be accessed by clicking here. Those individuals who would prefer to make payments using another method (e.g., pay in person) should contact the front office of their child’s school to learn more about the options that are available.

Food Service Menus
You can access the food service menus for your child’s school, including the breakfast and lunch menus for August, by clicking here.

Please click here to access the district’s Effective Student Behavior Handbook and Parent Handbook for the 2013-2014 school year.

Mobile Application
We created a mobile application that smartphone owners can download and use to access important school and district-related information at any time (news, calendar, digital backpack, Web store, etc.).Click here for additional information or to download the app. Please note that this app will not work on a tablet device (e.g., iPad).

You can access the district’s policies by clicking here.

“Promises Made-Promises Kept” Web site
On April 5, 2011, the citizens of Oak Park demonstrated their support for our schools by voting to pass the first operating rate referendum the district had sought in more than 20 years. We have developed a special website that will enable the general public to monitor the progress we have made in areas such as finance, student achievement, capital projects, technology and foreign language since the election. Each section of the site features two categories of information – promises made during the referendum and promises kept since it was passed. You can access the site by clicking here.

RSS Feeds
The district and school websites feature RSS feeds that will enable users to subscribe to the digital backpack, news and calendars. RSS, otherwise known as Rich Site Summary, allows people to stay informed/updated by retrieving the latest content from the sites they subscribe to. You can subscribe to any of these feeds by visiting those specific sections on the school or district sites and selecting which option you would prefer to use to receive updates.

Teacher Web pages
All of the teachers in the district have a Web page that they use to share information with parents/guardians and keep them updated about what is happening in our classrooms and schools. You can access these pages via the school websites by clicking on the directory link in the main navigation and then clicking on either the view website link for any of the teachers listed on the page or the teacher pages link in the navigation on the left. On the main district site, you can access these pages by clicking here.

You access information about bus transportation and the Village of Oak Park’s Safe Walking Routes for each school by clicking here.

We are using Twitter to keep the community updated about what is happening in our schools and the district as a whole. You can access the district’s Twitter account by clicking here.


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