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.

Pope County CUSD #1
Remote Learning Day
Created March 30th 2020 in Response to the Statewide School Closure

Remote Learning Day (RLD) is intended to provide meaningful learning experiences for Pope County students when school is canceled. Parents and students are encouraged to integrate the following strategies into their RLD time:

  • Establish a quiet learning space and remove distractions to learning.
  • Create a routine for doing school work.
  • Review the online work and/or RLD Packet that needs to be completed.

Policies for an Remote Learning Day

Updates: The policies for RLD are designed to minimize the disruption to learning during this time of closure.

  • Remote Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 14th as declared by Dr. Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education.
  • Since learning is occurring for students during the RLD, these days will count as a student attendance day and will not be made up at the end of the school year. Also, all previous Act of God days are counted as well.
  • Teachers will be available via email, Google Classroom, Zoom Meetings and other acceptable forms of communication between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The remainder of the day will be used for planning.
  • It is an expectation for all students to continue learning during this unprecedented time. Learning opportunities will NOT negatively impact student grades. The grading system will be Pass or Incomplete at the end of this period. Requirements have been adjusted to meet the recommendations of the Illinois State Board of Education. All students have extended time, opportunities to correct, etc. Teachers may continue to manage and post in their online gradebooks for student feedback, but the grading policy is Pass/Incomplete meaning if effort is put forth, a Pass grade will be given. We understand this is not ideal. Please do what you can do during this stressful time.

Instructional Delivery

  • Lessons will be delivered through online means: Examples- Google Classroom/Hangouts, Class Dojo, Remind, Zoom, etc.
  • Instructional packets mailed to students home.

Instructional delivery will be determined by the individual teachers, parents/guardians, and students working together to identify individual student needs.

Students with Individual Education Plans (IEP)

  • Pope County Special Education Teachers are following student plans and delivering each student’s planned minutes and/or program during this time remotely in the manner best suited for each student’s unique learning needs.


  • Pope County CUSD #1 will be using the recommendations set forth by ISBE for all core subjects.
  • Pre K:                     20-60 minutes/per day
  • Kindergarten:       30-90 minutes/per day
  • 1st & 2nd:                45-90 minutes/per day
  • 3rd-5th:                    60-120 minutes/per day
  • 6th-8th:                    90-180 minutes/per day     (Subject Area- 30 minutes/per day)
  • 9th-12th:                  120-270 minutes/per day    (Subject Area- 45 minutes/per day)

COVID-19 Latest News
from Ryan Fritch, Assistant Superintendent 3/20/2020

Dear Staff, Students, and Community at Pope County CUSD #1,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. Pope County Schools are scheduled to be on spring break April 6th-10th. If the closure is lifted we will return to school on Monday April 13th. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.

During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work as long as they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed.

In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education.

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner.


Ryan Fritch
Assistant Superintendent
Pope County CUSD #1

Coronavirus Information
The Illinois Department of Public Health has released several documents with information for school districts on the coronavirus. Click on the links to access those documents.

Information for K-12 Schools Regarding Coronavirus

Guidance for Illinois Students Regarding Coronavirus

General Information on Coronavirus

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