Evanston schools reopen Friday

Officials at Evanston Township High School and District 65 elementary schools say the schools will reopen on Friday.

District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy said, "Digging out of this blizzard has been challenging for the city and for our district staff. To assist our community, we partnered with the city by offering some of our school lots as alternate parking for residents who had to move their vehicle for city snow removal."

Murphy said, "Many of our building custodians and the warehouse and maintenance crew worked Tuesday evening and throughout the day yesterday and today clearing snow from entryways, sidewalks, and parking lots. Where to put all the snow has been difficult to manage. Our staff did a remarkable job of making sure that our school walks, drives and entryways are safe and ready for our return."

ETHS will operate on its regular schedule, with AM Support starting at 8 a.m. All scheduled after-school activities and events for Friday evening will take place.

Murphy cautioned parents to exercise extreme caution in driving youngsters to work or having them walk to school Friday. "Some streets are reduced to 1-1/2 lanes or use turning lanes as part of the two-way traffic. Snow drifts and snow removal piled up at intersections make turning somewhat dangerous as the snow is obstructing the driver’s view of oncoming vehicles or pedestrians. It will be especially important for children to understand that they must exercise extreme caution if crossing a street."

Murphy said that because of road conditions, school buses may take longer than normal to complete their morning routes. Children who must wait at corners for the bus will need to dress warmly. "If possible, it would be helpful for children to wear brightly colored hats or scarves to make their presence obvious to drivers," he added.

He also encouraged staff to carpool, if possible, because snow piles in parking lots will reduce the number of spaces available.

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