Playgrounds are closed

IMPORTANT NOTICE: By the order of the State of Illinois, all District 97 playgrounds are CLOSED until further notice.

It has come to our attention that residents are still visiting our school playgrounds. According to the state order, playgrounds pose a high risk of transmission for the COVID-19 virus. We all must do our part—please help us keep our community safe and healthy by following the state’s stay-at-home order.

Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable, but you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

We appreciate your cooperation!


Meals for District 97 Students

Meals for District 97 Students
District 97 has been working with our food service provider, Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200, to ensure that all District 97 students have access to meals during our closure, including Spring Break. Please see the information below for those who are interested in receiving shelf-stable meals.

  • When: Friday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Pick-ups will be held at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.
  • What: Each bag will contain breakfast and lunch items for six days.

Virtual Garden Club Thursday 3/19 2pm

From Denise Frank:

Hey all! All this inside time is making me itchy to start gardening and, guess what?, it’s not too early!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th, at 2:00 p.m. for the very first ever VIRTUAL GARDEN CLUB!  On our Facebook Group: 

We are going to read the book “Little Pea” and talk about planting sugar snap peas. Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow peas so long as you have a space to put a pot in the full sun. They are great container plants! No pot? No worries! You can also plant them directly in the ground. No seeds? No problem! We will drop off a seed to your house. It will be pre-soaked and wrapped in a wet paper towel, good to go for when you’re able to put it in a cozy, dirt bed.

If you own the book, “Little Pea,” be sure to bring it to read along with me.

I look forward to “seeing” you there!

Additional Ideas on Learning Everyday

Get Creative during eLearning Week – Low-Tech Options for Downtime 

Our students will be spending even more time on screens thanks to eLearning. Here are some quick tips for things to promote during their downtime. Remember, a good night’s sleep will make this social distancing a lot more palatable. Keeping screens off for at least 1-2 hours before bedtime is proven to help promote a solid night of sleep.
  1. Play outside! Yes, even in the rain (with proper gear of course!). With social distancing this will change the healthy proximity of our kids with their neighbors, but there are still plenty of ways to take advantage of our shift toward springtime.
  2. Card games. For a low cost, a deck of cards can be purchased at area drugstores. Check this website for instructions for how to play a variety of card games.
  3. Get the children involved in food prep. Make sure they wash their hands first, but there’s no reason kids can’t pick up a few new skills in the kitchen during this break from extracurricular activities.
  4. Download audiobooks from the Oak Park Public Library.
  5. Volunteer to help neighbors who are elderly with yard work or other errands or tasks outside of their homes.
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