August 4, 2010
Today, teachers and school staff at the 195 Chicago public schools that operate on a year-round calendar reported for duty in preparation for the start of the 2010-11 school year.
This year, 63 additional schools will operate on the Track E schedule, bringing the system-wide total to 195 schools. Chicago Public Schools introduced the Track E calendar several years ago, giving schools and communities the option of applying to operate on the new calendar.
The first day of school for Track E students is this Monday, August 9.
The Track E calendar has grown in popularity during the past three years. In 2007, there were just 18 schools on the Track E calendar. This year, 195 schools will operate on the year-round calendar.
The year-round calendar eliminates the traditional summer “learning loss,” thus reducing the need to spend valuable class time reviewing previous instruction. Further, the longer intersessions reduce student and teacher burnout, helping both stay fresh and energized.
The Track E calendar includes a two-week intersession in the fall, three weeks for Christmas-New Year and two weeks in spring. It ends in June on the same day as the regular calendar and includes all of the same holidays and same number of instructional days.
CPS is in the midst of a public awareness campaign to educate parents and students about the upcoming school calendar while also building enthusiasm and excitement for the start of the new school year.
Centered around the theme “Show Up! First Day and Every Day,” the 2010 back to school campaign includes festivals, outreach efforts and a range of activities to be sure every parent and student is aware of their schools’ first day and start time.
Further information on Track E is here, by calling (773) 553-1000 or 311.
On September 7, students at “traditional” schools will begin the 2010-11 school year.
Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.