May 16, 2020
Dear Rich Township Students and Families:
For many of our families, staff and community, we recognize that there have been many twists and turns that life has taken since March. As we begin to close out the 2019-20 school year, I would like to commend the students, families and community of District 227 for their patience, flexibility and understanding as our teachers and staff have worked diligently to best serve the needs of our students and families. We have some very exciting news to share with you, which I tried to convey in this video message.
This correspondence is to communicate important information regarding graduation, grading and end-of-year personal item retrieval and drop-off. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates.
Class of 2020 Graduation
As I stated last week, District 227 will be conducting a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020. The virtual garaduation will look like this:
- Graduates arrive on campus wearing their cap, gown and any cords. Up to two family members who have been sheltering in place with them will be allowed to attend the ceremony.
- The student will be video recorded walking across the stage and standing on a spot which will be at least 6 feet from the principal. Parents will be able to take a picture of their child while they are walking across the stage.
- The recording will then be compiled into a larger presentation for families to stream the complete ceremony online.
The virtual graduation for Rich Central High School will take place on May 18, May 19, and May 20. The virtual graduation for Rich South High School will take place on May 21, May 22 and May 26. The virtual graduation for Rich East High School will take place on May 27, May 28 and May 29.
Additionally, we are commemorating all graduating seniors with a yard sign bearing their picture. The yard signs will be prominently displayed on each campus. These signs are not only to recognize the accomplishments of our seniors, but also serve as an opportunity for our community to see and celebrate with us.
We would like for the yard signs to remain on-campus until Monday, June 1. To that end, we are respectfully asking all families to leave their students’ yard sign in place until that time. After June 1, campuses will schedule distribution dates where students will be able to pick up their signs as a keepsake.
Click here to view the Class of 2020 Graduation instructions.
Please see the revised semester grading policy below:
If a 9th- 12th grade student has a passing grade (A, B, C, or D) for quarter 3, and earns an Incomplete for quarter 4, they will receive the grade earned quarter 3.
Additionally, if the student is a graduating senior, he or she may also be evaluated on a case-by-case basis along with the guidance provided by ISBE.
If a 9th-12th grade student earned an F for Quarter 3 and earns an incomplete for Quarter 4, they will have to make up the work in a special summer school course to improve their grade, at no cost.
Returning students who have an Incomplete grade at the end of quarter 4 and/or at the end of summer school will receive “No Credit.” If the No Credit is given in a graduation required course, the student will have to make up Quarter 4 through Credit Recovery. A “No Credit” semester grade for the course will not be factored into the student’s GPA and will not affect class rank.
As a reminder, the last day for students to submit work for Quarter 4 for all classes is Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Personal Item Pick-Up and Drop-Off
As a reminder, the dates for students to retrieve items remaining in their lockers and drop off books and other items are:
Student Schedule (No Mondays)
In an effort the reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and adhere to social distancing guidelines, students will not be allowed into the building.
Building administrators will contact students directly with their assigned dates and times to pick up/drop off items.
Senior Food Service Refunds
If your senior student has a remaining balance on their meal service account, parents may request a refund of the unused funds. Parents who request a refund must choose one of the following options:
1. Request a refund of the remaining balance
2. Request a balance transfer to a sibling attending a Rich Township High School campus
Parents must email all refund or balance transfer requests to Betsy Williams, Food Service Coordinator at [email protected]. Please include the student's full name, parent’s full name, student ID number and a current mailing address.
Refund requests received prior to June 9, 2020, will be disbursed on June 17, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact our Food Service Department at 708-679-5728.
Our food service staff has been working tirelessly to prepare and serve food to the families in our communities. Meals will continue to be provided to all Rich Township High School students and families, Monday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rich East High School. Parents will be given five days' worth of breakfasts and lunches.
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.
In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no food service on Monday, May 25, 2020.
Click here for additional food service resources.
If your student needs a Chromebook or cell phone with hotspot capabilities to complete remote learning assignments, please email the District Technology Department at [email protected] or leave a message at (708) 679-5704. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.
Building and Grounds
Our Buildings and Grounds team continues to conduct deep cleanings of all district buildings and technology, which follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The two-step process for cleaning and disinfecting includes wiping and cleaning all surfaces, and the use of an electrolyzed water and mineral solution, which creates a highly functional sanitizer and disinfectant that is applied through a misting machine used by the custodial staff.
The school year is quickly winding down. We encourage our students to communicate with teachers and complete all assignments in order to finish the year on a strong note. Additionally, we look forward to continuing to honor the Class of 2020 over the next two weeks and invite all families to join us. As always, thank you for your patience, understanding, compassion and commitment to our students. We will be working to keep you updated in the coming weeks regarding graduation, end-of-year events and construction progress.
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Please stay safe, strong, and healthy. Thank you for your support.
Dr. Johnnie Thomas