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MCSD #404, in an active partnership with family and community, will empower all students to be engaged learners and decision-makers, enabling them to become respectful, productive, and responsible citizens.

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SB 0550

 

SB 0550 was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 16, 2017. It requires all schools (Pre-K through 5th grade) to test for lead in water used for drinking and cooking. Schools built after January 1, 2000 are not required to test at this time. Please click here for additional information and results for Mercer County Schools. 

Mercer County School District 404 Goals Update - 2019

Mercer County School District 404 is happy to present an update on our district goals for the 2019-2020 school year.  Click the link below for the video.

Soaring to Excellence

2019-2020 District Goals

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Substitute Teachers and Paraprofessionals Needed!! 

Mercer County School District is in need of  Substitute Teachers. Please click the link below or call the ROE at 309-734-6822 for further information. 

How can I obtain a substitute teaching license?

Mercer County School District is in need of Substitute Paraprofessionals. Please click the link below or call the ROE at 309-734-6822 for further information. 

How can I obtain an ELS endorsement as a paraprofessional educator?​

New Crime Stopper App - P3 Campus

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

As part of Mercer County School District's commitment to students' safety and mental health, beginning today we are launching an anonymous reporting program, which will allow students and parents to make anonymous reports about concerns of safety or student wellness. Our program is student-focused, as opposed to crime­ focused, meaning it is a tool for alerting caring adults about students who need help-not snitching. This is part of our continuous effort to increase campus and student safety, and provide students with a safe, completely anonymous outlet to share concerns.

 

Students can use our new P3 Campus app to report: bullying, suicide concerns, depression, sexting, stealing, threats, cutting, abuse, dating and domestic violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons or other types of dangerous situations that threaten their safety or the safety of others. Their reports will be addressed by a trained team of school officials and law enforcement, when necessary.

 

When you or your student have a concern, you can go to P3Campus.com on your computer, tablet, or laptop-­ or you can download the free P3 Campus mobile app-- and make a 100% anonymous report in less than five minutes.

 

The use of anonymous reporting apps in state programs like Safe2Tell Colorado have proven to be successful in providing the tools and information needed for school officials and to proactively address concerning behaviors, potential incidents of violence, and other harmful situations on campus before they develop. We look forward to working with you and your student to continue making the Mercer County Schools safe.

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"What happens when I'm sick?" (revised - 08/20/20)

 

A flowchart has been created to assist with different scenarios if a student or staff member is sick. 

Click the image to the right to enlarge the chart.

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Wishing all of our Mercer County Families a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!  
HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 11/19/2020

11/19/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at New Boston Elementary School and an individual at Mercer County Junior High has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 11/17/2020

11/17/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Apollo Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

11/14/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff: 

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Intermediate School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks. 

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows: 

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home. 

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

11/12/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

11/11/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Intermediate School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

11/10/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Junior High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

RETURN TO IN PERSON LEARNING 11/9/20

11/6/2020

 

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

We plan to return to in-person learning beginning Monday, November 9th. All buildings will follow their normal 12:30 dismissal schedule. Due to staff shortages there will be no bus pickup on the following routes MC1, MC3, and MC4 until further notice. All other routes and shuttles will be available. If you are unable to get your student to school or a shuttle they will be remote learning Monday. In addition, there will be adjustments to the lunch menu next week.

 

Remember to check your student’s attendance in TeacherEase or contact your school’s office if you are remote learning. Lunch and breakfast pickup will be available during the regular time from 1:00 to 1:30pm. Please contact your building by 8:30am Monday morning if you plan on getting a Grab n Go meal. Pickup will be available at all buildings except the high school.

 

Our staff and students continue to do an excellent job following safety protocols during the school day. Please remember to perform the symptom check daily and keep your student home if they are sick. Check our website and social media accounts for additional information and updates. Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely, 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 11/04/2020

11/04/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Junior High School and an individual at New Boston Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

REMOTE LEARNING DAYS SCHEDULED - Nov. 4th, 5th, & 6th

11/2/2020

 

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

Due to the additional positive cases announced over the weekend, the number of staff members quarantined under current IDPH guidance, and the change in Region 2 status beginning Wednesday November 4th, the remainder of this week will be remote learning days for all district students.

 

Please remember to check your student’s attendance in TeacherEase or contact your school’s office daily. Lunch and breakfast pickup will be available beginning Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. Please contact your building by 8:30am Wednesday morning if you plan on getting a Grab n Go meal. Pickup will be available at all buildings except the high school.

 

Our staff and students have done an excellent job following safety protocols during the school day, and we now plan to return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 9th. Please continue your efforts to help us return safely. Check our website and social media accounts for additional information and updates. Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely, 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent 

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/31/2020

10/31/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff: 

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Intermediate School and an individual at Mercer County High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks. 

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows: 

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home. 

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

REMOTE LEARNING DAY SCHEDULED - OCTOBER 30th 

10/29/2020

 

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

An employee at Mercer County Intermediate School and an employee at New Boston Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the growing number of positive cases in our community and the number of staff members required to quarantine under current IDPH guidance, tomorrow, Friday October 30 will be a remote learning day for all district students.

 

Lunch pickup will be available tomorrow from 10am to 12pm. Please contact your building by 8:30am tomorrow morning if you plan on getting a Grab n Go lunch. Pickup will be available at all buildings except the high school.

 

Our staff and students have done a tremendous job following safety protocols during the first 11 weeks of school, and we plan to return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, November 4th. Please continue your efforts to help us return safely. Check our website and social media accounts for additional information and updates. Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely, 

Scott Petrie 

Superintendent 

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/29/2020

10/29/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Intermediate School and an individual at New Boston Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/27/2020

10/27/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Junior High has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

COVID SYMPTOM REMINDER - 10/23/2020

Reminder: If ANYONE living in the household, including parents, is symptomatic or awaiting COVID test results, please keep your kids home.

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/23/2020

10/23/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Intermediate School and an individual at Apollo Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

IDPH COVID TESTING UPDATE - 10/20/2020

IDPH now states that the 15 minute Rapid COVID tests are NOT allowed by schools for readmittance of students.

 

 

In order to return to school, symptomatic students will need to make sure they have a negative result from a PCR TEST and NOT a Rapid Screening test (Antigen Test). Any PCR testing that is done will work and so does an alternative diagnosis.  If you are having your student tested, please ask your medical provider what type of test they provide.

 

Mercer County School District appreciates your continued cooperation as we work to help protect our students and staff!!

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/13/2020

10/13/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County High School is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

QUARANTINE REMINDER - 10/9/2020
HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/8/2020

10/08/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County Intermediate School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County Intermediate School is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

RETURN TO LEARN  UPDATE - 10/07/2020

Dear Mercer County Students, Staff, and Parents, 

 

     Based on the parent survey data and current conditions, we are continuing with our 12:30pm dismissal model through the end of the 2nd quarter. We are currently serving almost 1000 in-person learners and over 300 fully remote learners. Each of our buildings has come up with a way to continue 5 days per week of instruction for all students who want to be in-person without reverting to an every other day model. Families who chose remote learning in our most recent survey will remain that way through the end of the semester, Friday December 18th. In-person learners may move to remote learning at any time.

 

     Using the information currently available, this is an outline for each building to maintain their current plan with minor modifications. Our goal is to maximize in-person instruction for all kids that choose to be in-person and allow sufficient time for remote instruction to occur. Maintaining limits on class size is also essential for social distancing. We again considered moving to a longer school day, but this would require a fully remote day at some point during the week to allow teachers time for remote instruction. There was a marginal increase in instructional minutes, and it creates additional scheduling and childcare issues for our students and their families.

 

NBE:

     No modifications needed based on the number of parents that indicated their child would      return to in-person instruction. NBE has the highest percentage of remote learners.

 

APE:

     In order to reduce class size, APE will need to create an additional overflow classroom. These overflow classrooms may be multi-graded. A long-term sub is required.

 

MCIS:

     No modifications needed based on the number of parents that indicated their child would return to in-person instruction. MCIS is currently utilizing an overflow classroom to reduce class size.

 

MCJH:

     No modifications needed based on the number of parents that indicated their child would return to in-person instruction. MCJH is currently utilizing an additional pod to reduce class size.

 

MCHS:

     MCHS will continue with the existing schedule that eliminates teacher preps during the student day and eliminate study halls. Students attend longer classes on an alternating day basis. These changes have allowed for additional sections to reduce class size and also make available staff to cover those sections.

 

     We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/7/2020

10/07/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County High School is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 10/3/2020

10/03/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff: 

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Apollo Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Apollo Elementary School is taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks. 

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows: 

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home. 

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. 

 

Sincerely,

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

10/02/2020

Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Mercer County High School and Mercer County Intermediate School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

 

To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County High School and Mercer County Intermediate School are taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department

  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

 

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.

  • Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.

  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.

 

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Petrie

Superintendent

If your child is sent home from school or is kept home due to any of the Covid symptoms, one of the following documents MUST be received by the school the day PRIOR to them returning:

 

·        A doctors note with an alternate diagnosis

                OR

·        A negative Covid test

 

Please note ~ BUS RIDERS WILL NOT be allowed on the bus if we don’t have the paperwork in advance!

Again, thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children.

We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended the Summer Meal Programs through the end of the calendar year. 

 

This means that ALL ENROLLED Mercer County School District students will receive FREE meals effective immediately!! 

If you are a remote learner and would like to begin to receive free meals, please call your child’s school asap.   Curbside pick-up locations are available at NBE, APOLLO, MCIS, and MCJH between 1:00pm-1:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Important update!!! 8/13/2020
IDPH released additional guidance to schools late yesterday. 
Click Here for IDPH Update
ISBE Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations

Click HERE for link to the new recommendations.

MERCER COUNTY ATHLETICS UPDATE- August 3, 2020

Please click the link below for update.
Athletics Update

Mercer County Schools Excellence in Education Foundation

 

Mercer County Schools Excellence in Education Foundation is a non-profit group that was created to supplement funding to the school district in order to provide an excellent education for our students.

The mission of the Mercer County Schools Excellence in Education Foundation is to
provide its students with quality education that will develop the skills necessary to think critically, communicate effectively, prepare them for lifelong learning, and advocate
responsible citizenship through strong moral values, resulting in productivity and
healthy contributors to our modern society.  

Donation opportunities are available. 

Click Here for the Foundation Brochure

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