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Superintendent's Message

Office of the Superintendent

June 29, 2020

Dear Rich Township Families,

Over the next few weeks, we will be communicating important information pertaining to how next school year will operate in light of our transition from three schools to one school and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 23, Governor Pritzker in partnership with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), announced guidance that will allow schools to resume in-person instruction in the fall. Our staff is currently planning to fully reopen under these circumstances, but has identified multiple contingency plans, which I have tried to explain in this week’s video message.

Click here to watch the June 29 video message.

This correspondence is to communicate important information regarding enrollment, summer sports camps and more. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.  

Enrollment Information

For new students, including freshmen and transfer students, enrollment will be in-person by appointment only beginning on Monday, July 20In person enrollment will take place at the STEM Campus (formerly known as Rich Central) regardless of the student’s attendance boundary.  

Appointments will be scheduled for the following days and times:

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

8 am -12 pm

1 pm - 3 pm


10 am - 1 pm 

4 pm - 7 pm

Appointments are limited per day.

Please gather key information like emergency contact information, doctor information and medications your child needs prior to beginning the enrollment process. We are asking families to schedule their student’s physicals as soon as possible. They will be required for your in-person appointment along with their immunization records.

Click here to view and download a full list of the documents required at registration

All students new to the district will need to make an appointment with the registrar. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Please email the appropriate campus registrar at: 

STEM (formerly Rich Central)

Greta Allen


Fine Arts & Communications (formerly Rich South)

Paula Kuzeja

All incoming freshmen, returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will complete registration online. The district will e-mail SNAP codes and directions for completing the online registration. Additional information for online enrollment will be shared as it becomes available.

Summer Camps

In accordance with the guidance set forth by IHSA and the Illinois Department of Public Health, we will begin our Return to Play (RTP) sports programs on Monday, July 6. Training sessions will run from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Monday – Thursday at Rich East High School ONLY. Sessions can only include running and exercises designed to promote physical fitness. There are five time slots lasting 45 minutes each. 

Below are the links for the individual sports that will be running workouts during Stage 1. Please only sign up for one time slot per day, space is limited.

Football: at Football field

Soccer at Soccer field

Volleyball: at Door 17

Cross Country at Door 11

Cheerleading: at Door 15

Poms at Door 21

We have developed the following procedures as derived from the IHSA Stage 1 Return to Play and the Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines to provide a safe environment. It is important to note that all athletes will have their temperature taken upon arrival.  Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or above and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID, will not be allowed to stay for their session. 

Student Guidelines

Students must bring and use their own:

    • Clothing
    • Water bottles
    • Shoes
    • Towels
    • Face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained
    • Wash their hands before and after participation


    • Locker rooms - COME DRESSED FOR WORKOUTS
    • Shared water coolers with cups
    • Water fountains

Due to space, if there is inclement weather, all outside workouts (Football, Soccer, Cross Country) will be canceled.

Please be advised that public access to the Rich East outdoor fields will be limited to student use during the summer camps. Public access will not be permitted from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday - Thursday.  

Food Service

We will serve five days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches every Monday in June. Meals will continue to be provided to all Rich Township High School students and families, Monday, June 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rich East High School

Meals will be distributed at Rich East High School ONLY. Meals will not be served at Rich Central and Rich South High School campuses.

Please use the driveway off Westwood Drive in front of the school. You do not need to exit your car; the food will be brought to you. 

Click here for additional food service resources.

We will be working to keep you updated in the coming weeks regarding online registration, construction and information as it relates to next year’s transition to a one-school, two-campus model.

You may also follow us on social media: 

Please stay safe, strong, and healthy. As always, thank you for your patience, support, understanding, compassion and commitment to our students.


Dr. Johnnie Thomas



Contact Information


Dr. Johnnie Thomas


Office 708-679-5737 

Cell 773-599-0331

Twitter: @DrJohnnieThomas



Ms. Vanessa Glenn

Executive Assistant to Superintendent  


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