After-school activities canceled Tuesday
The eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway had lighter than normal morning traffic as snow fell March 5 in Oak Park. Snow started falling in the Chicago area Tuesday morning and could dump 8 inches throughout the day. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 5, 2013 1:54PM
OAK PARK — As snow continued to fall steadily through Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, all three school districts in Oak Park and River Forest have canceled all after-school events and activities.
The village of Oak Park, meanwhile, declared its emergency snow parking restrictions on numerous commercial and main thoroughfares.
“With the current weather conditions we’re concerned with the safety of the students,” said D90’s Janet Cunningham. She said the scheduled D90 school board committee of the whole meeting for Tuesday night had also been postponed and will be re-scheduled soon.
“We’ve notified all our families, faculty and staff we’re closed after 4:30,” said OPRF Communications Director Karin Sullivan. “Everything after 4:30 is canceled.”
Sullivan said OPRF, like D90 and D97, have buildings and grounds personnel geared up for snow removal on lots, and sidewalks on school property.
“The three school district superintendents are in close communication during weather like this,” Sullivan said.
D97 spokesman Chris Jasculca said that beside all after school activities, two scheduled presentations on the International Baccalaureate program have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a future date.
None of the school districts expect any problems with school opening Wednesday.
“We’re not anticipating problems unless there’s a new wave of snow,” said Jasculca.
Under Oak Park’s snow emergency plan, main streets designated as snow routes must be cleared of all parked cars, with violations subject to a $100 fine as well as being towed.
Parking is allowed on non-snow route streets between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the even address side on even days and the odd address side on odd days.
All designated commercial parking areas follow the odd/even rule between midnight and 8 a.m. Signs are posted in these areas.
According to the village website, “The purpose of the plan is to ensure access by emergency vehicles, improve traffic movement and allow snow removal equipment to operate quickly and efficiently.”
Under the snow parking ban, parking is prohibited on Augusta Blvd., Austin Blvd., Chicago Ave., Division St., Garfield St., Harlem Ave., Harrison St., Jackson Blvd., Lake St., Madison St., North Ave., Oak Park Ave., Ridgeland Ave., Roosevelt Road and Wisconsin Ave. from Madison St. to the emergency entrance of Oak Park Hospital.~.