April 27, 2020
Dear Rich Township Students, Staff, and Families:
The 2019-20 school year has been an unprecedented time for all of us. Last week, Governor Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through the end of May after his announcement that all Illinois schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. As we continue to follow our remote learning plan, I would like to thank our families, staff, and community for their strength and resilience as we navigate these challenging times.
We are working hard to update you with all the changes throughout District 227 as it relates to academics, end-of-year events and activities, and personal item retrieval. Please read the following communication for additional updates.
We will continue to follow our remote learning plan for the remainder of the school year. The last day of senior classes will be Friday, May 8. The last day of the semester for freshmen through junior classes will be Tuesday, May 26. Please continue to encourage your student to complete the remote learning assignments, as it is essential for his or her continued academic growth.
By now, all of our teachers, administrators and counselors have made attempts to contact the families of students who have not participated in remote learning since March 16. On May 1, we will be sending home progress reports. If your student has not engaged in remote learning during this extended closure and is in danger of receiving an incomplete for their semester grade, counselors and administrators will be notifying families this week. If your student is a senior and is in danger of receiving an incomplete for their semester grade, he or she may be at risk of not graduating in the ceremony scheduled for May 31.
This week, the district will communicate specific expectations, structure, schedule, and resources for the upcoming AP exams. Additional resources and information provided by the College Board can be found at this website:
AP Exam Schedule: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule
Helpful Resources: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/
Next school year, District 227 will introduce its National Navy Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program to students interested in gaining the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. This program is modeled on the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). If your student is interested in the NNDCC program, please click the following link and complete the Parent Interest Form:
District 227 is currently planning instructional programs for both summer and the next school year. Parent informational meetings are being planned for next week.
Personal Item Retrieval (Students and Staff)
The modified stay-at-home order issued April 23 allows schools to establish procedures for retrieval of student and staff belongings using social distancing practices. Below please find information about the schedule for District 227 students and staff to retrieve their items and safety guidelines they must follow, including wearing a mask while on campus.
Each student and staff member will have an opportunity to retrieve items from their hallway locker and classrooms. All items must be picked up by the last day indicated below. Items not retrieved will be donated or properly disposed of. The schedule for student and teacher item pick-up is below:
Student Schedule (No Mondays)
- May 12 – May 15
- May 19 – May 22
Senior cap and gown distribution will also occur during this time.
- May 11 – May 15
- May 18 – May 22
- May 26 – May 29
There will be no access to buildings on May 25 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Further details will be forthcoming about specific times for student and staff building entry.
Safety and Social Distancing
District 227 will take the following steps to ensure safety and social distancing is possible in our buildings for students and staff:
- We are limiting the number of students and staff allowed inside campus at any given time
- Security staff have been assigned to monitor social and physical distancing
- Floor distancing markers and added signage will be posted to remind students and staff of the guidelines
- All campuses continue to undergo extensive deep cleaning and we will take additional sanitation action to disinfect high-traffic and high-touch areas
When on campus, students will be required to maintain a safe social distance even if lockers are in the same area.
Students must wear face masks. We will not have face masks available, and students without them cannot enter the buildings. We also suggest that students bring their own bags or boxes so they can carry all items out of the buildings on their own. We will not have bags available.
Meals will be provided to all Rich Township High School students and families, Monday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rich East High School. Parents will be given five days' worth of breakfast and lunch.
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.
Meals will be distributed every Monday (May 4-May 18) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rich East High School ONLY.
In an effort to ensure all students have the technology and internet access necessary to complete remote learning assignments, the Technology Department will continue to provide Chromebooks and a cell phone with hotspot capabilities to students who request a device.
If your student is in need of a Chromebook or cell phone with hotspot capabilities, please email the District Technology Department at [email protected]. The Technology Department will review the request and provide you with specific instructions on how to obtain the device(s) requested.
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.
Mascot Design Contest Winners
This month, we held a Student Mascot Design Contest. We turned to our students to design the new logo to go along with Rich Township High School’s new mascot – The Raiders. This contest closed on April 20 and we want to thank all students who submitted a design!
The joint winners of the competition are: Rich South students Donovan Reynolds and Jermaine Taylor!
Both students will receive a Rich Township High School Raiders spirit pack and board recognition.
Campus assignments will be mailed to all certified and classified staff on Friday, May 1.
In closing, as the health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain our top priority, we ask that you continue to follow the guidance recommended by the CDC to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. We also encourage you to read the plan for the modified stay-at-home order here effective May 1. Please be sure to check your email for updates as we continue to develop our plans for the remainder of the school year. Also, be sure to visit www.rich227.org for updates.
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Please stay safe, strong, and healthy. Once again, thank you for your support, patience, and commitment to our students during these challenging times.
Dr. Johnnie Thomas