Just after Governor J. B. Pritzker announced on April 17 that all Illinois schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, District 91’s superintendent Lou Cavallo sent a note reiterating this news to parents and guardians in Forest Park.

“As superintendent this is the hardest announcement that I have had to make,” said Cavallo in his message to parents. “I know that this is not welcome news to many as everyone was looking forward to getting back to a normal routine. I have heard from many students who miss their friends and teachers and from teachers who miss their kids and colleagues.”

Cavallo added that the schools will continue to provide remote learning and daily lunch and that he is “currently working collaboratively with the Mayor of Forest Park to assist families with other health/safety needs.”

The annual All Schools Picnic and the 8th Grade Graduation ceremony will be canceled, but Cavallo said the school administrative team is looking for other ways to honor graduating students. He said the administrative team has a remote meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, and more information will be communicated to families after that.