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Rich Township High School District 227 News Article

COVID-19 Update - June 5, 2020

My greatest hope is that you are continuing to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Again, I would like to commend all students, parents, staff and community members for their hard work and resilience. Last week, we wrapped up our final week of contactless virtual graduation ceremonies at Rich South and Rich East High Schools. I am excited to share the virtual graduation streaming video with families today, which will be sent in a separate email.

Click here to watch the June 5 video message.

As we prepare for the consolidation of our three high schools into one high school, the district will be sending out campus assignment notification letters this week to all current students and incoming freshmen.  The letter will indicate which campus your student has been assigned to for the 2020-2021 school year.

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

Summer Programs

Summer School (Session 1) began on Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 18, for students who need credit recovery, students with Incompletes for the 4th marking period, Star Academy students and Extended School Year (ESY) students. 

Summer School (Session 2) will begin on Monday, June 22 through Wednesday, July 8. Please register for Session 2 by Thursday, June 18 to guarantee your seat.

Click here to register for Summer School (Session 2)

The district’s virtual summer school program for our incoming freshmen students – RAMP UP – is scheduled to begin Monday,June 8.

Incoming Freshmen Information


We are excited to offer the RAMP UP program again this year! This summer, students will have a virtual experience building their skills in Coding, Math, Reading, and Writing! We will be using a digital platform to provide our students the best possible experience as they interact with each activity.

The program will run from Monday, June 8 through Thursday, June 25.

Incoming Freshman Enrollment Intention Form

All parents of incoming freshmen are required to complete the following survey. We are in the process of scheduling classes for our future scholars and we’d like to ensure they are accounted for and do not miss any important information that they will need for the upcoming school year.

Click here to complete the freshmen intention form

More information regarding online enrollment will be shared next week.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Educational Services at 708-679-5872.

Summer Band Camp

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our summer band camps virtually for Summer 2020.  My greatest hope is for the stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines to be relaxed sometime in the near future; however, we have contingency plans in place to conduct the entire summer camp virtually.

Click here to register for band camp

Transcript Requests

As we prepare to consolidate our three campuses into two campuses, please be informed of the following changes to the transcript request process. Transcripts for former Rich East students will be split between the two campuses according to the student’s last name. Please see guide below. 

The graduating Class of 2020 and earlier classes should use the guide below to submit transcript requests:

Rich East A-L 

South Registrar

Paula Kuzeja

(708) 679-3098 

[email protected]

Rich East M-Z

Central Registrar

Lance Jefferson

(708) 679-5635

[email protected]

Rich Central

Central Registrar

Lance Jefferson

(708) 679-5635

[email protected]

Rich South 

South Registrar

Paula Kuzeja

(708) 679-3098 

[email protected]

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. 

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

Senior Fee Waivers and Refunds of Graduation Fees

District 227 will offer fee forgiveness for 2020 seniors. 

  1. Any fees that have not be paid at this time will be waived. 
  2. Any graduation fees paid will be refunded for all seniors. 
  3. The decision to refund prom fees will be made June 1, 2020, if the stay at home order is extended. 
  4. Refunds will not be issued to senior students that have already made payments for items such as registration, book fees, ID, lanyard and other fees.
  5. Any senior refunds will be processed in late June to include any prom refunds, if applicable.
  6. Any fees paid by credit card using MySchoolBucks, will be refunded back to the same credit card. 

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 8, 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.

Personal Item Retrieval (Remaining Items) – Students

There are still several boxes of students’ items remaining at each campus that have not been picked up by students. Building administrators will be contacting students directly to arrange pickup. 

The last day to recover items is June 11, 2020.  All remaining items will be discarded on June 12, 2020. The email addresses for the Assistant Principal of Operations are [email protected] (Rich Central), [email protected] (Rich East), and [email protected] (Rich South).

Summer break is here, and I would like to thank you for your strength and support this school year. Please stay safe and healthy during this time. The American society is currently witnessing outrage over the hundreds of years of systemic racism that has led to the murders of men and women of color in the past months – amidst a global pandemic. I, too, am outraged by the acts of violence perpetrated by the police against people of color and challenge you to use this energy to devise solutions to issues that plague us. I am confident that we will get through these troubling times together with compassion, collaboration and consistency. 

We will be working to keep you updated in the coming weeks regarding summer programs 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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