Power Outage

All systems are now restored. Back to doing what we do best with full connectivity! Thanks for your patience and understanding as our staff catches up on emails and digital communications.

Dear Parents and Guardians,
The electricity has been restored at Avoca West Elementary School. During the process of restoring the electricity, the telephones went out temporarily. The telephones are now working again. If you tried to call and could not get through, feel free to try again.

Though we have telephone and electricity at AW, we are unable to access the internet at the moment. If you have emailed something time sensitive to the school or your child’s teacher while the power was out, please know that your message has most likely not been received.

If you need to communicate with the school regarding something that is time sensitive, I encourage you to call them at (847) 724-6800. I will let you know when the internet is back up at Avoca West.

Thank you for your patience!
Kevin Jauch

Dear Avoca West Parents and Guardians,
An area-wide power outage has knocked out the electricity at Avoca West Elementary School. Crews from Commonwealth Edison are currently working to restore power to the area.

Though we do not have electricity, we are enjoying a warm, sunny day and will continue “business as usual” to the best of our abilities.

Thank you,
Kevin Jauch

Avoca West Viking Walk Postponed

Parents planning to participate in the Avoca West Viking Walk: due to flood-like conditions AW Viking Walk will now be held on our scheduled rain date of Monday, May 16th.  Parents are welcome to join students or just come cheer ’em on.  Below is the schedule. 

Grade 5  8:30 – 9:10 AM (Marinacci, Paynter, Cross, Wieszcholek)
Grade 1  9:30 – 10:10 AM (Zebro, Stump, Hargedon, Nienhaus)
Grade 2  10:30 – 11:10 AM (Lara, Greenberg, Crispen, Bader)
Kindergarten:  Byrd/Rosic 12:00 – 12:30;  Kelly/Edgren 12:30 – 1:00
Grade 3  1:00 – 1:40 PM (Rick, Wilson, Erf, Stefan)
Grade 4  2:00 – 2:40 PM (Michael, Anshell, Howe, Nanus)

News From the Health Office

Avoca School District 37 is taking steps to prevent the spread of EV-D68 infections.

Health officials are warning doctors and parents to be on the alert for the rarely seen EV-D68 virus, which is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections.

Avoca School District 37 is monitoring this public health concern as it develops. School nurses have been provided with information on the EV-D68 virus, and they, in turn, are sharing it with their school communities. The information they are sharing is from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Cook County and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Their recommendations and other information on EV-D68 virus can be found at the following websites:

EV-D68 infections cause mild to severe respiratory illness, especially in young children. Symptoms of this illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.

The EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections, and no specific antiviral medications are currently available for this purpose.

As with all communicable diseases, it is important to prevent transmission of the EV-D68 virus. The District will be encouraging students to take the following steps to protect themselves from illness, and it encourages families to take these preventive measures at home, as well:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Do not share utensils
  • Stay home when sick

Parents/guardians are required to call school to report their child’s absence. To help control the spread of illness within the classroom, parents/guardians are urged to report any communicable disease diagnosis to the school.

Health Services Department

Shari Theer R.N.
Avoca West