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COVID-19 Update - May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020

Dear Rich Township Students and Families:

Congratulations! You made it to the end of the 2019-20 school year. As we approach the conclusion of the academic year at Rich Township High Schools, I wanted to share how proud I am of our students, families, staff and community for doing your best under these difficult circumstances. We truly cherish your support, flexibility and cooperation over the past two months, which I tried to communicate in this week’s video message.

This correspondence is to communicate important information regarding graduation, grading and summer school. Please read the following communication in its entirety for additional updates. 

Class of 2020 Graduation

The virtual graduation video production and yard sign set up began this week at Rich Central and Rich South High Schools. There were many smiles, laughter, and touching moments that occurred that filled our students, families and staff with joy and validated the importance of this event. Celebrating this class and its accomplishments is important to all of us. 

We will continue to honor the graduates of Rich South on May 26 and Rich East on May 27 and 28. With the support of Rich Township faculty, staff, administration, Board of Education, and community partners, we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 and sharing each campus’ graduation videos with you on or before Friday, June 5.

Click here to view the Class of 2020 Graduation instructions.

Make-up Assignments

The last day to submit all assignments for the fourth marking period was Thursday, May 21. If a teacher has assigned and is accepting make-up work, all make-up assignments should be submitted by Tuesday, May 26, by 9:00 a.m. Please communicate with your teachers to ensure all make-up assignments are submitted by this date. 

Summer School

Summer school registration is open until Wednesday, May 27.

Students should attend summer school if they are in the Star Academy Program, need credit recovery, received a grade of Incomplete for second semester during remote learning or are in Extended School Year (ESY).  Per guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Driver’s Education is suspended until in-person instruction can be resumed.  It will not be offered this summer.  

Summer school fees will be waived for all summer school programs.

Click here to register for summer school

The deadline to register for summer school classes is May 27, by 3:30 p.m. 

Click here to read the Summer School Parent Letter

Senior Food Service Refunds

REMINDER: 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. 

Any fees paid by credit card using MySchoolBucks, will be refunded back to the same credit card. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Food Service Department at 708-679-5728. 

Food Service

In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no food service on Monday, May 25, 2020. Meals will continue to be provided to all Rich Township High School students and families, Tuesday, May 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rich East High School. Parents will be given four 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. 

Click here for additional food service resources.

Device Distribution

Device distribution will not occur as we conclude the 2019-20 academic year. More information will be provided in the future regarding device distribution for summer school.  


All senior students who were issued a Chromebook during the remote learning period will be able to keep the devices.  The Board of Education approved the gift at the May 19, 2020 regular Board meeting. Please note that no additional devices will be distributed to seniors at this time. 

All ninth- through eleventh-graders who were issued a Chromebook during the remote learning period will be able to keep the device through summer break. Next school year, we planned to roll out a 1:1 device program, providing all of our students with a Chromebook to ensure they have the support and connectivity they need to thrive in a 21st century learning environment. The extended school closure enabled us to distribute these devices earlier than expected.

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.

As we near the end of the Rich Township school year, I would like to thank you for your continued support as we navigated this spring semester, together. This year has been unprecedented and unpredictable, but our students, families, staff and community have handled it with unity, flexibility and grace. We will be working to keep you updated in the coming weeks regarding summer school, construction progress and information as it relates to next year’s transition to a one-school, two-campus model.

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


Dr. Johnnie Thomas


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