Welcome to Pope County Elementary/Jr. High School

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.

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:

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

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This evening, November 10th, we have had one (1) additional positive case of COVID-19 within the Pope County School System. This case was at the High School, and is a student. All of the close contacts of this positive case have been put on quarantine for the required 14-day period. A total of 10 individuals were quarantined at the high school.  Our custodial staff is currently cleaning and disinfecting the high school as I type this letter. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school or my office at any time.

Ryan Fritch

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This week, November 9th, we have had two (2) additional positive cases of COVID-19 within the Pope County School System. These two cases were both at the Elementary School. One of these cases is a student and the other is a staff member. Both individuals were already out of school on quarantine when they tested positive. These additional cases did not lead to any additional persons being quarantined from school. We have maintained our protocol of cleaning and disinfecting during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to call school or my office at any time.

Ryan Fritch

November 6, 2020
Dear Parent/Guardian,

This week we have had another positive case of COVID-19 within the Pope County School System. This case was isolated to one of our Kindergarten classes at the Elementary School. A substitute teacher that we had in the classroom early in the week began exhibiting symptoms and subsequently has tested positive. The substitute teacher did not have any symptoms while in the classroom, but symptoms appeared within 48 hours of being at the school. This has forced us to quarantine those students and two employees within that classroom from school until November 16th, 2020.  All of these student’s parents have been contacted and the class will be on remote learning during the duration of this quarantine. We have also followed our protocol of cleaning and disinfecting during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to call school or my office at any time.


Ryan Fritch


COVID-19 Guidance Letter

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Parent Letter Schedule Change
Pope County CUSD # 1

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

Remote Learning Information for Elementary/Jr. High Parents: Remote learning will begin Monday, August 24th.

You should receive a call from your child’s teacher. You will be asked if your child is participating with online learning or packets.
Those with online learning will be instructed how to access the information. If your student needs a packet, please make arrangements to pick up your student’s work each Monday.

Pick up times will be:

When you arrive at the school, call the office 618-683-4011 ext 2. State that you are out front and need the remote learning materials. Give your child’s name and grade. Then describe your car, in case there is more than one parent at a time.

A runner will bring your child’s packet and any textbooks needed. No need to leave your vehicle or ring the doorbell.

The following Monday, you will need to return the completed materials in the packet, and pick up a new packet of that week’s work. The curriculum will be graded and students are expected to complete work “on time”.

Return to School Plan
To view the plan, click on the link 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.

First Day of School, August 14th, dismissal at 2:00 pm. 


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)

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