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Mercer County School District News
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.
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
· 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.
"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 on the left to enlarge the chart.
HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 9/1/2020
Welcome to our Website!
If you are a regular visitor to our school webpage, it's best to hit refresh after opening a page to ensure you are getting the most updated information.
MCSD #404 Mission Statement
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.
Ask the Board
Community members desiring to ask the Board questions about the District can click on the link below. Questions and answers thought to be of interest to others will be posted publicly (person who asked question will not be identified).
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.
Phone Notification System
The automated phone notification calls from the district generate from the number (844) 223-9224. To ensure you are receiving the notifications, save this number to your phone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RETURN TO LEARN UPDATE - 8/28/2020
Dear Mercer County Students, Staff, and Parents,
Based on the parent survey data collected this week, we will continue with our current model through the end of the quarter, October 9. Remote learners that did not respond to our survey have until 4:00pm Wednesday, September 2 to choose in-person learning. Remote learners failing to indicate their intent to return will be considered remote learners through the end of the 1st quarter. In-person learners may move to remote at any time. 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 with a 12:30pm dismissal for remote learning. However, due to the number of students wishing to return, we will not allow additional students to return until Monday, September 14 rather than Tuesday, September 8. Friday, September 11 is the Mid-term.
This will allow additional time for bus route planning which must adhere to strict capacity limits and also allow individual schools time to accommodate the extra in-person learners. We have also recently learned that free COVID-19 testing will be available at the Mercer County Health Department from August 31 through September 3. The delay will allow families taking advantage of this opportunity to receive results and make better informed decisions.
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 a cap of 15 on class size is also essential for social distancing. We considered moving to a longer school day, but this would require at least one 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 issues for our youngest learners and their families. We will also resume serving hot meals Tuesday, September 8 for our in-person learners. Grab and go lunch and breakfast will continue to be available for our remote learners.
No modifications needed based on the number of parents that indicated their child would return to in-person instruction.
In order to maintain a cap of 15 on class size, APE will need to create an overflow classroom. This classroom may contain students from different grade levels.
In order to maintain a cap of 15 on class size, MCIS may need to create an overflow classroom. Both grade levels are limited in their ability to serve additional in-person students in their current model.
In order to maintain a cap of 15 on class size, MCJH will need to create an additional pod.
MCHS will modify the existing schedule. These changes allow for additional sections in classes that exceed 15 students and also make available staff to cover those sections.
Thank you again for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to move forward into the 2020-21 school year.
Important update!!! 8/13/2020
IDPH released additional guidance to schools late yesterday.
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.
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.