Oak Park-River Forest HS closed due to water main break

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- A west suburban water main break has shut down a high school that was in session.

A water main broke Wednesday by the daycare playground near the tennis courts.

School officials say water to the whole building must be shut off to fix the issue, so the school must be dismissed for the day. The sprinkler system is not operable, all bathrooms are shut down and food service cannot operate, the school said.

Classes and after-school activities, including the Mr. OPRF competition, are canceled.

"Without any facilities available, we are not able to provide any alternative activities or supervision for students while the building is closed. We recognize that this will create a major inconvenience, and likely concern, for many families. Please understand that the extremity of the circumstances have necessitated this decision. We do not make it lightly," a school statement said.

Classes, activities and athletics were scheduled to resume Thursday, school officials said.