Please Take the 5 Essentials Survey

Dear RICHLAND Families,

Starting this year, Illinois schools will be required to participate annually in the 5Essentials survey. This survey tool, developed by the University of Chicago, is given to teachers, students, and parents to help school districts assess their progress.

The parent survey is currently available to be completed by parents, guardians, or other caregivers with a child in grades prekindergarten through 12. The survey, which is completely confidential, is available in English or Spanish. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. If parents/guardians/caregivers have more than one (1) child that attends the same school, they may elect to participate more than once. However, only one (1) parent per household may participate in the survey. The survey will close January 18, 2019.

Please note that RICHLAND is listed only once for the survey as Richland Elementary. Both Richland Junior High and Richland Elementary parents should use Richland Elementary link. Please visit to take the survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please consider taking a few minutes to provide us feedback through the survey this year. We appreciate your time.

Go Eagles!

Joseph Simpkins


Mealtime Account

Meal Time Acct. Principal’s office has been getting calls asking about balances on sibling accounts.  Wanted to make you aware that you can request your child’s accounts be linked so it’s more of a family account.  When linked you will be able use all monies on account for any child.  Please email Tarrah Lang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 815-744-6166 ext. 105 if you wish to link account.


Please remember to accompany your child into the appropriate school and sign him/her in. Junior high students need to be signed in at the junior high office, and elementary students need to be signed in at the elementary office. When signing in, please write the students name in and the specific reason for the tardiness for State reporting purposes.  Thanks in advance.


Birthday Treats and Parties 2018

Birthday Treats and Parties:  Please check with your child’s teacher before sending birthday invitations to school.   For invitations to be handed out at school, the children must have one for every child in the class or all of the boys/girls. The child should ask the teacher’s permission before distributing cards so she can make sure that this is the case.  NO edible birthday treats are allowed at this time.  We will post a list of acceptable birthday treats once the school nurse has finished checking the classrooms for allergies.  


Water Testing Results

This past spring I notified the community that Richland would be testing our water for lead in both schools. The bill signed into law by Governor Rauner on January 16, 2017, mandated all schools constructed prior to 1987 must conduct sample testing on water by December 31, 2017. To assure the safety of our students and staff we conducted testing on all water sources used for drinking and cooking throughout the entire campus. These tests were, professionally administered, using the mandated two flush system. First flush water must sit between 8-18 hours before taking the sample. Second flush, sample taken after water ran for 30 seconds after first sample. The samples were sent to an IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) accredited lab for analysis. Results from the tests came back the second week of June.

Click here to see our results and resolution.

Spanish Class

Spanish Class - Any 7th grade student that has been accepted into the 7th/8th grade Spanish class will be receiving a letter stating he/she has been accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Banks at 815-744-6166 ext. 2601. Please remember to purchase any needed supplies for this class.