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.

The PC School District is following the IDPH updated guidelines on sending or keeping your student home when symptoms occur. Click the link below for the updated guidance on COVID-19 symptoms.

Updated 1/4/21
COVID-19 INTERIM EXCLUSION GUIDANCE Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals in Pre-K, K-12 Schools and Day Care Programs

Letter from the Superintendent's Office:


As the semester winds down to a close we would like to update you on the remaining days and schedule as we enter the Christmas break.

REMOTE LEARNERS: Last packet pick up will be on December 7, 2020. The last packet for the second quarter will be returned on the December 14th. All assignments/work should be completed no later than December 17th. Also, please return your students intent form for the third quarter by December 17th.

IN PERSON LEARNERS: The last day of attendance for in person learners will be December 17th, 2020. High School semester exams will be held on December 17th. Originally we were scheduled to have a half day of student attendance on December 21st, but do to scheduled repair work on our elementary school septic system we will not be in attendance that day.

School will resume January 5th 2021.

The first remote learning packet pick up for the third quarter will be on January 11th. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school.

Happy Holidays,
The Administrative Team

December 7, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we have navigated through this first semester, we have realized how valuable Remote Learning Days have been for our teachers and remote learning students. This additional time to devote to Remote Learners has increased our ability to provide more effective instruction to those students. In order to meet the needs of our remote learners and our teaching staff we will be changing our schedule for the third quarter to allow for more instructional time for our remote only learners. 

The following changes will be made during the second semester (January-March):

Friday January 8th:             Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday January 15th:           Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday January 22nd:           Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday January 29th:           Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday February 5th:           Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday February 12th:         Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday February 19th:         Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday February 26th:         Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday March 5th:                Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

Friday March 12th:             Remote Learning Day (No In-Person Instruction)

All students will be remote learning on these days. In-person learners will be given assignments on the previous day to complete on these days.

Making changes to our schedule is not something that we take lightly. We understand the difficulty it places on parents/guardians when it comes to employment, child care, etc. Our Back to School Committee will be evaluating these changes and its educational benefit during this semester. We will then determine if any further changes need to be made to the schedule for the fourth quarter. We appreciate your understanding of our situation as we strive to provide the best education possible to all of our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school offices.

Pope County Administrative Team

November 24, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This week, we have had two (2) additional positive cases of COVID-19 within the Pope County School System. One of these cases is a staff member at the high school. The other case is a student at the high school. After contact tracing we have determined that both of these cases are isolated cases, and have resulted in no further quarantining of additional students or staff members. Our custodial staff had maintained their strict protocol of cleaning and disinfecting during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school or my office at any time.

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Ryan Fritch
Pope County CUSD #1

Updated COVID-19 Letter
Winter Sports Letter from Mr. Fritch
Parent Letter Free Breakfast and Lunch
Form for Free Breakfast and Lunch

Parent Letter Schedule Change

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please follow the following guidelines if you or a member of your household have been tested for suspected COVID 19.

IDPH Requirements:

If one of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or negative result is received. If the suspected case becomes a confirmed case then Southern 7 Health Department will place household contacts, including siblings, in quarantine for 14 calendar days. The health department will provide guidance on how to safely quarantine and isolate within the household.

 If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school at 618-683-2301.

Pope Co Administrative Team

Pope County CUSD #1
Return to School Plan
To view the plan, click on the like above.



  1. Parents may choose between in person and remote learning for their children
  2. Students will be enrolled in Remote Learning by Quarter (9 weeks). If Remote Learning is chosen, the student will remain in Remote Learning until the end of the quarter. At the end of the quarter (9 weeks) the parent will have the option for their child to remain in Remote Learning or to attend In-Person.

In Person Learning:

  1. All persons inside must have on a face mask/covering
  2. Daily symptom checks will be performed by school personnel or required parent/guardian daily certification.
  3. Maintain social distancing as much as possible
  4. Outside mask breaks will be provided during the day
  5. No more than 50 in a space
  6. Emphasis will be placed on good hygiene practices
  7. Routine of daily high traffic area cleaning and nighttime disinfecting

Remote Learning:

  1. Curriculum will be as demanding as in-person learning and similar in nature
  2. Assignments will have due dates and need to be turned in on time
  3. Grades will count towards student’s GPA and Cumulative Record and will be assigned letter grades
  4. Platform of delivery will be online (ex. Google Classroom) or packets that will be picked up and returned to the school

Registration Dates:

Elementary and High School will both have registration on August 5th, 6th, and 7th. You must register your student and indicate if you wish for your child to attend In-Person or receive Remote Learning instruction. All applicable fees and requirements will be required if enrolling as In-Person or Remote Learning (i.e. Dental Exams, Physicals, Immunizations, etc.) Time extensions will be granted due to the difficulty of scheduling appointments during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Schedules and Important Information:

School Buildings open at 7:45- The doors will not be opened until this time to ensure all students will be supervised.

Students report directly to their classroom (elementary) or 1st hour class (Junior High and High School)

Upon arrival to their classroom, students will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. If you do not wish for your student to be screened you must send a note daily that certifies that you (parent/guardian) have checked them for COVID 19 symptoms and assure that they are symptom free. A list of symptoms will be provided at registration.

Upon screening for symptoms students will then be served breakfast in the classroom, attendance taken, and breakfast count for the next day will be collected. Bathroom and Handwashing time will also be provided at this time. A normal school schedule will be followed during the school day. Adjustments have been made to lunch times to help ensure student safety and social distancing.


This earlier dismissal is to allow teachers adequate preparation time to address the needs of in person and remote learners.

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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Locate Us

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