Explore Avoca's COVID-19 response and resources as the district continues to maximize the safety and health of its students, staff, and school community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarantine Rules with the MOD Schedule - April 26, 2021

One consequence of our move to a MOD schedule is that some students will be within 6ft of each other at times during the day, although students are masked at all times indoors except when eating.

The Cook County Health Department has informed us that if we have a positive case, contact tracing at school will result in requiring quarantine for any student within 6ft of a COVID positive student. A quarantine in that case would need to be 14 days. In many cases this could mean an entire class would need to quarantine.

So far, we have not had any positive cases at school since our return to a MOD schedule. However, this quarantine guidance shows why it is important to keep students home and get students tested if they are symptomatic.

Learning COVID Metrics - April 21, 2021

This latest update indicates metrics for determining the appropriate learning schedule for safe operations in Avoca, positivity rates and new cases, Avoca & Marie Murphy active COVID cases and quarantine, and more. Check in every Wednesday for the most current metrics.


Modified Onsite Daily Schedule Begins on Wednesday, April 7

After exhaustive review of guidance, COVID data, experience, consulting with experts, taking survey feedback, and consulting with the Board, the District will move to a Modified Onsite Daily (MOD) schedule starting April 7, 2021. This means that all of our current hybrid students for the last quarter will be able to attend school onsite every day.


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Modified Onsite Daily Arrival/Dismissal Protocols

Avoca West


  • Buses and cars can begin dropping off at 8:45 a.m. (not 8:50 a.m.)

  • Doors will open for students at 8:50 a.m. Students arriving at 8:45 a.m. will simply outside until a staff member arrives to welcome students in at 8:50 a.m.

  • If it is raining, the doors will be opened for students to go inside and wait by their classroom until 8:50 a.m.

  • Front and back doors will be open for students dropped off between approximately 8:45-9:00 a.m.

  • All students who arrive after 9:00 a.m. will be marked as tardy.

  • Self-certification stickers must be worn prior to arrival and will be checked by staff.


  • Parents/caregivers should have a name displayed in the front window.

  • All car-riders exit out the back of the building.

  • Students will be lined up by last name. (The letters A-Z are painted on the blacktop). Please remind your child to line up by his/her last name letter.

  • Families will continue pulling all the way up when there is space ahead. If you pass your child, please rest assured we will get him/her to you safely and quickly.

Marie Murphy


  • The arrival window runs from 7:45-8:00 a.m. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m.

  • Before arriving at school, students will need a self-certification sticker and will enter in the same grade-level specific doors that they have entered all year.

  • 6th graders enter via the North Entrance of the parking lot; 7th graders through the main entrance, 8th graders through the west blacktop entrance.

  • Upon entering the building, students will make their way to their first class of the day.


  • Students will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m. each day, exiting out of the same door they entered to start the day.

  • Bus riders will catch the bus in the west parking lot as they have done all year.

  • Students who are getting a ride home from a parent/guardian will get picked up in the main parking lot as they have all year.

  • To avoid congestion and backups, please pull your car as forward as possible to pick up your child, eliminating large gaps between cars.

  • There will be traffic, especially when the spring weather is rainy. Please be patient - our priority is safety, which can slow the process down.

  • Once students return home, please know that all teachers will be available via virtual office hours from 2:30-3:00 each day.