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Help kids stay safe when they're out and about on their own! Click here for a tip sheet developed by OPRF, District 97, and the Oak Park Police Department.

The Campus Safety department supports Oak Park and River Forest High School in providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff that is conducive to learning. The department works to identify and address safety concerns inside of schools, while collaborating with partners such as school administration, the Oak Park Police Department, parents, and community stakeholders to identify risks in the community that could affect the safety of our school. The department also uses a holistic approach to safety and school climate that relies on restorative and proactive safety strategies inside and outside of the building.

Protocols for Secure & Teach vs. Hard Lockdown

Secure & Teach

Hard Lockdown

Threat is outside the building OR an investigation is needed in the building.

Threat is imminent/danger inside the building.
Everyone gets to their classroom/office area as quickly as possible. Everyone gets to the nearest enclosed area as quickly as possible.
Teachers secure students, close all classroom/office doors. Lock doors, cover door window, lower exterior shades. All staff and students hide out of sight.
Teach as usual. Ignore passing period bells until Secure and Teach is lifted. BE QUIET. Ignore bells and alarms until released by law enforcement.
Remain calm. Remember…everyone is safe and this is just a precautionary protocol. YOU ARE SAFE! Staff model calm but serious demeanor. DO NOT open door for anyone other than law enforcement.
Anyone outside of the building cannot enter. Move to a safe location and await further communication. Only first responders are allowed to enter the building.











To see demonstration videos on various emergency scenarios, click the links below:

24/7 Anonymous Hotlines for Students

  • To report safety, or crime related concerns, such as bullying, drugs, online threats, fights, weapons, theft, etc., text 274637 and use the keyword OPRF at the beginning, followed by a detailed message.
  • To talk to someone about your or a friend’s feelings of sadness, confusion, anger, despair, etc., text the word CARE to (844) 670-5838 to access the Support4U hotline.

Community Resources

Emergency Preparedness
Mental Health
Safety in the Home
Secure Firearm Storage 

Gun violence is a public health crisis. OPRFHS is committed to partnering with the Oak Park Department of Public Health to address this crisis by sharing information and resources through our regular communication with families and staff. Click here to visit the village's webpage about safe firearm storage, which includes information about obtaining free gun locks, conversation starters for parents, and materials from the Be SMART campaign. Other resources on firearm safety include:

Contact Information

Campus Safety
1F Welcome Center
(708) 434-3125

Eddie Stokes
Assistant Director of Campus Safety

Patrick Poe
Supervisor of Campus Safety


Hours of Operation:

Welcome Center
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Security Patrol
24 hours, 7 days per week