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

Dear Staff and Community of Pope County CUSD #1

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, June 23, 2020 the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year. 

This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.  

Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.

Pope County CUSD #1 is keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families about what to expect next school year and anticipate releasing our own transition plan as soon as possible. 

As you may know, our district has already been discussing options and possibilities. This guidance will accelerate those conversations, and I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment. 

Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district navigated a situation together that none of us could have imagined. 

I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.


Ryan Fritch

Assistant Superintendent

Pope County CUSD #1


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)

Daily Announcements
March 13, 2020

FFA Officer applications are due Friday, March 20th by the end of the day.  Give your application to Mr. Swinford.  Applications are located on the office lobby table.

The freshman class officers are selling chocolate covered pretzel rods and chocolate dipped fortune cookies for a dollar each.  See the posters outside the office lobby for more information. 

The Dixon Springs Ag Center is looking for 2 employees to work this summer.  You must summit a resume to Mrs. Potts by April 1st.  If chosen yo can start as early as the last day of school in May.  Pay is $11.00 and hour.

Seniors, it's time to submit your pictures for your graduation slideshow! Digital images are best. You can take pictures of your printed photos and email them to Mrs. Markovic's school email.  Mrs. Markovic needs 1 current, 1 baby and 1 that is in between.  Also, pictures of you and your senior friends. No family or underclassmen please.  I MUST have them by Friday, April 3rd.

All boys basketball players need to turn in your JV and Varisty uniforms and black bag to Coach Simmons by the end of this week.

Pope County Youth League has a sign-up sheet on the office door for any Freshman - Junior boy that wants to play baseball this summer.  Deadline for sign - up is March 25th.

WKCTC will be here Friday morning at 8:30 to schedule seniors who will be attending WKCTC in the Fall.
The Accuplacer will take place this Monday as well as scheduling for SIC's summer and fall session. Students will be called down throughout the day to test and schedule.
If you are attending Prom, don't forget the PCHS Prom dress drive if you are in need of a dress or flowers.  See Mrs. Potts or any Student Council member.

Don't forget to purchase Mr. Evenson and Mr. Hosfeldt's smash new album 2PERFECT is on sale for only of $15! Pick up a CD of your latest slow jams!

LUNCH: sub sandwiches, french fries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cupcakes

Recent News

Art in Nature brochure
Freshmen Class Fundraiser
The PCHS Freshman class is selling flowers this year for their class fundraiser. See a Freshman to place your order today. Orders will be taken until February 21st.
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High School
Hometown Heroes Project is in Motion
It’s official! We have chosen a project for the 2019-2020 school year. After team brainstorming sessions and a lengthy selection process, we chose to make aesthetic improvements to PCHS to modernize parts of our historical building.
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2019 High School Teacher of Excellence Award
CONGRATS to Pope County High School's own Mrs. Laura Hosfeldt for being selected as a national recipient of the 2019 High School Teacher of Excellence Award, sponsored by the Secondary Section of English. We are proud of you Mrs. Hosfeldt!
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125 State Hwy 146 West
Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: 618-683-3071
Fax: 618-683-9956