Pope County Community High School
125 State Hwy 146 West, Golconda, IL  62938
PH:  618-683-3071    Fax: 618-683-9956

Daily Announcements

February 25, 2021

Congratulations to the Lady Pirates on their conference victory over Galatia last night!!  Great job ladies!!

Voting is open for the Senior Homecoming candidates, A Google Form was sent out yesterday and they have until the end of today to complete it!

Remote Packet Pickup is Monday, March 1st.

Club meetings that were scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to March 25th.

Away match for the Scholar Bowl.

Juniors you need to turn in your cookie dough orders to Mr. Evenson by Monday, March 1st.

Our Quest for a Million Pennies to go to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital  will start tomorrow (Feb 25) and run until March 11th.  So where is what we are reaching goals for:

$250--Pie Mr. Reeder
$300--Pie Mr. Graves 
$400--Pie Mr. Fritch
$500--Tape Mr. Reeder/Mr. Forthman to the wall
$600--Ice bath for 1 minute
$700--Shave Mr. Reeder's head
$800--Dodge ball with class officers
$900--Dress like a Girls/boys basketball player all week
$1000---Mr.Reeder & Mrs. Dunning will dress like Prom King/Queen 

So I know that we have a short time to collect but we have already collected $14.65 from the Sophomores. So the challenge is on!!!!    

LUNCH: Pork roast gravy, mashed potatoes, fruit, green beans

Pirate LogoAttention PC Basketball Fans!!
Click the link below to watch our Pirate Basketball Games on our Youtube channel


As we have started this new basketball season under COVID restrictions we have been working hard at providing a live stream that would allow us to broadcast the games to all parents/guardians, grandparents, and fans of Pope County Basketball. The following is an outline of the format we will be using to bring the action to you:

1. All home games will be broadcasted via YouTube Live. You will find this on the YouTube app under our Pope County Athletics channel. You can find a direct link to this on our school website at popek12.org and on our school social media platforms.

2. All away games will be recorded and uploaded as soon as possible to our YouTube channel.

3. For all away games we will post a link on our social media to the opposing schools live stream so you may watch the game in real time as well. Most all of our opposing schools are live streaming their games as well. Some are using Facebook Live and some are using a YouTube channel. You may also find those schools streams by searching for them within the app.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.
Ryan Fritch
Superintendent- Pope County CUSD #1

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


Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you know during the past week the Illinois Department of Public Health and Governor’s office have adjusted their All-Sport guidance to allow for basketball competition to begin within our COVID region. This week we have formed teams and have begun practicing as well. Next week, junior high basketball begins their first competitive games. With this comes several questions about how the season will logistically work. I would like to highlight some of that information:

1. Due to the IDPH requirement of 30 feet of space required between the playing surface and the 50 allowable spectators, we will not be allowed to have fans/spectators in our gym under the current guidelines. Our east gym wall is only approximately 15 feet from the court sideline. If these guidelines change in the future, then we will adapt to those changes as well.

2. There will be no visiting fans allowed at opposing schools either. Some of our opposing schools have gyms big enough to allow for the 30 feet of required space and are allowing only 50 home fans to be in attendance.

3. Cheerleaders will only be allowed at home contests, and they must cheer from the stage.

4. Boys and Girls basketball seasons are set for junior high. On Wednesday 1/27/21 the IHSA is going to announce the playing seasons for boys and girls basketball. We will get those schedules out as soon as possible as well.

5. LIVESTREAM- We are currently exploring options of streaming all Junior High and High School basketball games, both home and away. More information will be forthcoming as we finalize these plans.

6. All IDPH/IHSA guidelines will be followed by our school to ensure the safety of all of our student athletes during this time.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Ryan Fritch
Pope County CUSD #1

January 26, 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This week, we have had one (1) additional positive case of COVID-19 within the Pope County School System. This case was a student at the high school. After contact tracing we have quarantined 16 additional students that were in direct contact with the positive case. 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.

Ryan Fritch
Pope County CUSD #1

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

Parent Letter 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


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2019 High School Teacher of Excellence Award
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125 State Hwy 146 West
Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: 618-683-3071
Fax: 618-683-9956