School Procedures

Traffic Concerns at Irving School

Dear Irving Families,


I understand and appreciate that snow and cold temperatures create a variety of challenges for all us, especially when traveling to and from school. However, I am writing to remind everyone that parking on the west side of the Cuyler in front of the building is prohibited. This space is specifically reserved for loading and unloading our buses.

When other vehicles occupy this space, it poses a serious safety risk for our students, staff, parents/guardians and neighbors. In addition, the Oak Park Police Department has informed us that vehicles that are illegally parked in this area moving forward will be ticketed.  

We ask that you please adhere to the parking guidelines that have been established by the Village of Oak Park in cooperation with our school and the district. These guidelines are as follows:

1. There are no parking restrictions on Cuyler, (from Garfield to Roosevelt) except for the loading zone for the buses that is located in front of the school. There are also no parking restrictions on Ridgeland (from Harvard to Roosevelt).

2.  Do not stop in the middle of Cuyler to drop off students.  This causes traffic congestion and is not safe for students.

3. To ease congestion on Cuyler, we recommend carpooling and public transportation. We also ask that you avoid taking up every spot on the block as a courtesy to the neighbors who live directly across the street from the school. If you see that there are only one or two spaces left on the block, please consider driving to the next block on Cuyler or to Ridgeland.

4. Please make sure you check all of the posted signage on streets surrounding the school before parking your vehicle. For example, Ridgeland is a no parking zone in the winter when the snow is more than two inches deep.

5. When snow is in the forecast, we recommend calling the Village’s parking hotline at 708-358-7275 and pressing “1” for a message regarding snow parking bans. These messages are updated on a daily basis at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. when it is snowing.

Additionally, obey stop signs at intersections near the school.  I have asked for the support of the Oak Park Police Department with this matter as well.  I would hate for an Irving parent to get a ticket, but the safety of our students is my first priority.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this issue.

John Hodge

First Day of School Message from John Hodge

Good Evening Everyone,

I wanted to send a quick email to everyone about the first day of school.   We are looking forward to seeing your child(ren) tomorrow  and to working in partnership with each of our families throughout the year.

The first bell will ring tomorrow at 7:57 a.m. and the second bell will ring at 8:00 a.m. I am attaching the flier with the map of line up locations.  We will also have each teacher’s name posted on the door where your child will enter and exit each day.

As a reminder, do not park in the bus loading zone on Cuyler.  You can find parking either on the East side of Cuyler  or on the surrounding blocks.  Please do not stop in the middle of Cuyler in front of the school to drop off or pick up your child. 

As you may know, the National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures and humidity for the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs next week. As a result, we will be taking the necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. These precautions will include, but not be limited to:

  • Taking frequent water breaks.
  • Suspending outdoor activities if necessary.
  • Maximizing the use of the air conditioned portions of our facilities, including the rooms that feature unit ventilators .

In addition, we will utilize the temperature/humidity control sensors in our classrooms to closely monitor the conditions in our buildings and adjust our plans as needed to preserve the physical well-being of our children. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the morning and to a great school year! 


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