Welcome to Pope County School District

District Mission

Pope County CUSD #1 is a county-wide Pre-K-12 school district that serves the residents of the county all their public education needs.  Our mission is to provide all students with opportunities to develop to their maximum potential to become effective life-long learners and to actively participate in our democracy and society.

Revised Return to School Plan 2021-2022
Click on the link above to read the Return to School Plan

July 28, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

After careful consideration, the Pope County CUSD #1 Board of Education has decided to return to a regular learning schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.  This means students will attend school Monday through Friday from 7:45 to 2:35. We also plan to limit our existing full remote learning option to only those students with a medical necessity for remote learning.

Beginning in August of 2021, students will be required to have an approved COVID Medical Certification Remote Instruction form on file at their school in order to remain on full remote learning status. Only students with an approved form on file will be allowed to participate in full remote learning starting during the 2021-2022 school year. All other students will be expected to attend class in person.  This form will not have to be completed for exclusions initiated by school officials. Students required to quarantine by order of the health department or their doctor’s advice either due to exposure or diagnosis with COVID-19, will not require this form. A note from the health department or doctor stating the dates of quarantine is sufficient.

This form can also be found on our website at popek12.org. You may also request a copy of this form by calling your child’s school. 

Parents choosing remote learning must do so for at least a semester at a time.  In addition, all instruction for full remote learners during the 2021-2022 school year will be provided virtually, by Edmentum, which is a virtual learning company.  Full time remote learners will not have Pope County CUSD #1 teachers, and will be required by Edmentum to have an adult learning coach at home (i.e. family member) to assist students in their learning.

These changes are intended to be the first step toward reopening our schools and returning to a normal school environment. Forms must be returned to your child’s school office by August 12th, 2021 in order to be considered for remote learning next year.  If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.  We thank you again for the continued support and understanding that you have shown us throughout this pandemic.


Ryan Fritch:  Superintendent    

Medical Certification Form
Click on the link above to access the form

Please send all student medical correspondence 
to their respected school
Elementary Jr. High Fax: 618-683-6022
High School Fax: 618-683-9956

Federal Guidance from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing information to the public on the coronavirus when it becomes available. Click on the link to access the CDC website.

CDC Website

COVID-19 Prevention

 We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.

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125 State Hwy 146 West
Golconda, Illinois 62938
Phone: 618-683-2301
Fax: 618-683-5181