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  • Changes to ECHS/AGS Routines Due to COVID-19 Announced

    The following contain minor changes that will be occurring the Edwards County K-12 due to the State mandates that were placed upon school districts.  Administratively we provided little disruption as possible to the normal routines and schedules so we can continue to provide the best educational experience for all students.  Rest assured that ECCUSD #1 has your student’s best interest at heart and we will quickly return to our standard practices once the pandemic has ceased. 

    Morning Routines

    Paraprofessionals will be placed at all main entrances (doors 1, 3, and 7) to certify each student has a parent/guardian completed sign-off or, completed online certification, or to administer a temperature reading for students that do not have the above mentioned items.  Students are required to wear a mask to enter the building and be required to wear a mask throughout the day.

    All busses will be dropping students off at door 3, the ECHS entrance.  This will provide shelter for the students, eliminate large amounts of students at one time, and there is no handrail for all students to touch.  AGS students being dropped off by car will need to continue to use door 7.  AGS Junior High students may be dropped off at door 1 or 7, and ECHS students may be dropped off at door 1.  Students that drive themselves to school will continue to park on the East side of the building and use door 3.

    Students are not allowed to enter the building before 8:00 a.m. just as in the past.  Once a student arrives they are to report to class, or first hour class for Junior High and ECHS students.   The COVID guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education require no more than 50 people in any specified area at one time, so reporting to classrooms upon arrival is our only option.

    The K-12 will begin serving breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Students eating breakfast may report to the cafeteria before going to their classroom.

    Dismissal Routines

    Dismissal routines for pre-K thru 5th grade will largely resemble what we have done in the past.  The only adjustment is that car riding students will wait in their classroom to be picked up, rather than the multi-purpose room.  Please continue to pick-up your student as you have done in the past.

    AGS Junior High students and ECHS students will be dismissed according to locker number to promote social distancing and reduce the number of students in the hallways.

    Town and West Salem bus riders will be dismissed from class by 3:20 due to certain busses running two routes.


    Other Minor Changes

    Elementary Music instruction will take place in the regular education classroom.  Instruction will still be provided by Mrs. Greenwood.

    Cafeteria use is limited to 50 people.  The ECHS and AGS cafeterias and room 141 will be utilized to encourage social distancing.

    Students will be required to wear masks at all times other than lunch time, P.E., or recess when social distancing guidelines are being followed.

    Restrooms and cafeterias will be cleaned throughout the day.

    Water bottles are recommended and they must have a screw type or sealing lid.  ECHS students are limited to “water bottle” type of bottles.  We are in the process of installing touch-free bottle fillers and the standard issue water fountains are not to be used.  We don’t want a student to go thirsty, so if they need a drink or need a bottle of water, please have them ask the office staff and we will supply one.

    If a student is not feeling well during the school day, temperature checks will be completed outside the classroom door rather than sending the student to the office or the nurse.  If your student is being sent home due to illness, the student will be kept in the room adjacent to the school nurse (158) until the student is picked up.  Please update your emergency contacts as it is imperative that they are current.

    Laura Simpson, our social worker will be available to help any students who are experiencing difficulty coping with the pandemic.

    Remote Learning

    Having fear to return to school or having concern for a family member that has a prior medical condition warrants the availability of remote learning.   Please be aware that if you choose to learn remotely, guidelines have changed significantly.

    Referencing our District’s COVID plan:  If a student chooses to participate in remote learning, they will be subject to participation in 9 week intervals.  For example, if the pandemic ceases two weeks into school, students that chose remote learning would continue to remote learn until the end of the quarter.  Special Education students can return at any time if the Special Education Coordinator and the IEP team determine that it is in the student’s best interest to return.

    Remote learning will be online for grades 2nd through the 12th grade.  Packet instruction with online contact will be the format for pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st grades.

    Daily attendance and engagement are required.  Junior high and ECHS students should be available during normal class time to receive instruction.  ISBE has recommended that remote learning replicate the normal school day with accountability placed on the student for attendance and participation.

    Lessons will be live from the classroom and remote students will be expected to be online during class time.

    Students participating in remote learning are not eligible for extra-curricular activities nor may they attend extra-curricular events. 

    Office Protocol

    We encourage parents to enter the building as little as possible and you must have a mask if you are entering the building. We encourage prior appointments for in-building meetings.  If you must come inside the building, please ring in at door 1 and someone will come screen you for symptoms and you must be wearing a mask.  We will have a table at the second set of entry doors at door 1 if you are simply dropping off materials for your student.

    Again, we feel that the changes are minor in scope and we assure you that we can still provide one of the best educations in Illinois for your student.  We hope that the pandemic recommendations are short lived and we can return to normal as soon as possible.  Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and we hope that your family is happy and healthy throughout this process.


    Preston Nelson

    Preston Nelson
    Edwards County K-12 Principal


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  • Albion Grade School Strives For Excellence

    Albion Grade School thrives on academic success for each and every individual student.  The AGS staff goes above and beyond in preparation, instruction, data analysis, and academic adjustments to tailor instruction to individual needs. 

    Albion Grade School has made the appropriate academic adjustments that provide the student body with current, relevant, and common core aligned lessons.  In adapting to the common core, AGS has provided the opportunity for success with the changing state testing standards.  AGS also is one of the few schools to offer a K-8 music program that is second to none. 

    Albion Grade School has high expectations for extra-curricular involvement and success.  AGS offers Choir, Band, Quiz Bowl, Girls Softball, Girls Volleyball, Cheerleading, Boys Baseball, Boys Basketball, and Girls Basketball.  Albion Grade School is competitive with larger schools in all venues and has the expectation for all involved to put forth the effort that creates opportunities at the highest levels.

    Albion Grade School has a positive “family” philosophy.  Administration and staff support each student and each other as individuals, provide a support system, and demonstrate positive examples of virtues that all students should learn.

    Through all of these processes, Albion Grade School develops each student to be a productive asset in our world today.

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  • Bruce Knowles: Homegrown Hero

    Recently, Mrs. Bishop's homeroom class was presented with a great opportunity to recognize a member of our community as our "Homegrown Hero". After talking with her students, Mrs. Bishop and her class realized that they needed to look no further than within the doors of this school. Bruce Knowles; a man who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Just Cause, where he earned a Purple Heart, works as a Custodian here at the school. Bruce volunteers at the school throughout the year, offering up his knowledge of the events to students studying those topics. Bruce's grandfather was also in the military, serving under General Patton during World War II, and Bruce passes down stories from him to the students he encounters. Mr. Knowles also provides a military drill simulation to the seventh grade classes, an exciting event for all the students and one that Bruce really seems to enjoy. Bruce never hesitates to strike up conversation with the students of Edwards County and takes a genuine interest in their well-being, often reminding them of the importance of respect. Mr. Bruce Knowles is a proud veteran, a great influence within the school and the community, and our very own "Homegrown Hero".

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New Remote Learning Policy for K-12 Students

**UPDATED 3/24/2021**

March 24, 2021   Edwards County K-12 Students and Parents/Guardians,   Beginning March 29 th , we will return to our attendance guidelines that we have utilized in the past.  Please see page 6, . . . read more

AGS St. Jude

AGS will not be going door to door this year to collect money for the St. Jude Children's Hospital. However, February 23th-26th will be a collection week for St. Jude. We will have dress up days and to dress up you must pay $1 every . . . read more

AGS JH 2020-2021 Remote Learning Schedule

In the event that our school district would need to go to full remote learning, the following schedule will be used: 1.    9:00- 9 ;25 2.    9:40 - 10:10 3.    10:25 - 10:50 4.    . . . read more

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