Superintendent's Message

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Superintendent's Message

Office of the Superintendent

January 28, 2022
Dear Rich Township Families,
The second semester is moving right along, and I want to remind you of some important measures we are currently taking to maintain a safe learning environment and positive school climate: face masks should cover the nose and mouth; school IDs are to be worn at all times; all hoodies should be in your locker by 9 am; remember to bring a fully charged device to school every day; report to all classes on your schedule on time every day. This includes advisory, study halls and academic labs; lastly, if you need additional help outside of class, make sure you are seeing your teachers during their posted office hours on Schoology.
Read more to learn important information regarding SAT Prep, food service and more. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.
SAT Prep

REMINDER (Juniors): SAT Prep runs through April 8 in all junior advisory classes. For juniors without an advisory or for any other junior that would like the additional prep, afterschool sessions will be held on Google Meet on Monday and Thursday from 3 - 4 pm. All links can be found on the Class of 2024 Schoology page.

We have reached a percentage that will allow us to permit spectators to our home events.  Percentages are re-evaluated on a weekly basis.  
As a reminder, below are Rich Township’s home event mitigations:
  • Everyone must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, upon entering the facility and keep it on the entire time. 
  • We will not be offering concessions to ensure masks are on for the duration of the event. 
Note: Any additional restrictions from the State of Illinois and IHSA will supersede our mitigation plans. 

Games will still be live streamed on the Rich Township YouTube page. 
Thank you for your continued support of Rich Township Athletics.
We are asking that you monitor any of the following outlets to receive up to date information regarding the status of the mitigations, weekly.
All athletes are required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing in order to participate in practices and competitions. More information regarding the testing protocols, timeline, and consent forms will be available on our athletic website and in the building athletic offices.

Bus stops have been added to the following bus routes that will take effect on Monday, January 31st
FAC Route 9 (All pick-ups)
STEM Routes 1 (All pick-ups)
STEM Route 3 (Wednesday only)
Please make sure to continue to monitor the transportation section of our website and sign up for the Transportation Remind to receive up-to-date information. 
How to sign up for Remind: 
  • Go to 
  • Type in rtbusinfo and click join 
  • Enter your name and cell phone number or email address 
The first person to read this and email [email protected] “#RaptorInTheKnow” will receive TWO (2) FREE TICKETS to a Chicago Bulls home game.
Food Service
All District 227 students receive one free breakfast and one free lunch daily under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Students can also deposit money in their meal accounts for second helpings and ala carte purchase of food and snacks. Deposits can be made online by creating an account at, or in person with cash or check in the cafeteria at breakfast time.
In an effort to support the District's ID Policy, and to ensure that students are not receiving multiple free meals each day, the Food Service Department is returning to using a Point of Sale (POS) system for tracking meals and additional ala carte purchases. This requires scanning student ID cards at the serving lines for both breakfast and lunch. We have begun practicing and training on the process at the STEM Campus and will be doing the same at the Fine Arts and Communications Campus starting in February. We are currently asking students to practice using their ID cards at the serving lines as we train staff and students on the new process.  We will fully implement the process and begin requiring all students to have their physical ID card on them and to scan the cards to receive meals at the STEM Campus on Monday, January 31
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Betsy Williams, Food Service Coordinator, at 708-679-5728.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. Feel free to reach out to the appropriate person if you have additional questions. 
You may also follow us on social media:
·   Facebook: @District227 @richtownshiphs
·   Twitter: @District227 @DrJohnnieThomas @richtownshiphs
·   Instagram: @district227_ @richtownshiphs
·   Superintendent's Message on our district website:
Your continued support of Rich Township High School District 227 is appreciated and vital to ensure student success. 
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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