Back 2 School Campaign

Back To School Information

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FREE RIDES on CTA Buses & Trains for CPS STUDENTS and accompanying adults. More information to come.

Minimum Health Requirements

Make sure that your child is healthy and ready to learn by the start of the school year!

All students must submit the Student Medical Information Form at the beginning of the school year. To get a head start, you can view and download the Student Medical Information Form – [Spanish].

Additionally, immunizations and health exams may be required for your child's grade level, and proof of these is due to your child's school by October 15, 2016. To find out what's required for your child, please review the 2016-2017 Minimum Health Requirements – [Spanish | Polish]. Back to School Vaccination Clinics are also available throughout August. For questions about the health requirements, please contact your school's main office.

For more information regarding health requirements and where to go for exams and immunizations, please look at the information below.

How do I submit proof of immunization and/or health exam?

The following forms should be completed by your child's doctor's office – and will then be accepted by your child's school to satisfy the health requirements:

I'm the parent of a returning CPS student. What's new this year?

As of school year 2016-2017, a NEW meningitis vaccine is required for students entering 6th and 12th grades. One dose is required for students entering 6th grade, and two doses are required of students entering 12th grade (if the first dose was given at age 16 or older, only one dose will be required at 12th grade).

Where can I go to receive back to school healthcare services?

CPS encourages all families to have a Medical Home. A medical home will allow your child and family to access better healthcare. The medical home is where you can access affordable, quality, culturally competent, and coordinated healthcare. If your family has a medical home, make a back to school appointment as soon as possible. Please see below for more healthcare resources.

Does your family have questions about Medicaid and how to find a medical home?

What if I have more questions about student health and wellness?

Feel free to call the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at (773) 553-3560.

It's Time to Go Back to School!

CPS schools begin on Tuesday September 6th, but you can start getting prepared this month by joining one of the many Back-to-School events happening across the city.

CPS Back-To-School Celebrations

Join classmates, educators, and families to prepare for a strong start to the school year. With food, music, games, and CPS resources – these celebrations are the perfect chance to reconnect with your school community for the year ahead.

Network Events




Lincoln Square (2) 8/10/2016 Amundsen, 5110 N Damen Ave, 60625 2-5 pm
Pilsen/Little Village (7) 8/16/2016 Whittier 1900 W 23rd St, 60608 2-5 pm
Roseland (12) 8/17/2016 Harlan 9652 S Michigan Ave, 60628 10-1 pm
Garfield Park (5) 8/18/2016 Cather Elementary 2908 W Washington Blvd, 60612 10-1 pm
Near West Side (6) 8/19/2016 Crane Med 2245 W Jackson Blvd, 60612 2-5 pm
Albany Park (1) 8/22/2016 Albany Park, 4929 N Sawyer Ave, 60625 10-1 pm
Ashburn (10) 8/23/2016 Bogan, 3939 W 79th St, 60652 10-1 pm
Hermosa/Belmont Cragin (4) 8/24/2016 Kelvyn Park, 4343 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 2-5 pm
West Roseland/Pullman (13) 8/25/2016 Fenger 11220 S Wallace St, 60628 2-5 pm
Brighton Park (8) 8/26/2016 Kelly, 4136 S California Ave, 60632 10-1 pm
Woodlawn (9) 8/29/2016 Hyde Park, 6220 S Stony Island Ave, 60637 9-12 pm
Austin/Belmont Cragin (3) 8/30/2016 Prosser, 2148 N Long Ave, 60639 2-5 pm
Englewood (11) 8/31/2016 Parker 6800 S Stewart Ave, 60621 10-1 pm


Community Events

In addition, community leaders are hosting events throughout the summer where CPS staff and volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions about going back to school.

Name of Event




16th Ward Christmas In July 2016 7/23/2016 1504 W 63rd Street 9:00 am
Back to School Health Fair 7/30/2016 Proviso West High School 10:00 am
17th District Back2School Health and Wellness Festival 7/30/2016 South Central Community Services 1021 E. 83rd Chicago,Il 60619 10:00 am
Back to school Multicultural block club 7/30/2016 3844 W. 77th street 10:00 am
Back to School Bash 7/30/2016 5252 South Ashland 10:00 am
2nd Ward Back to School 8/6/2016 Pulaski Park - 1419 W Blackhawk 10:00 am
37th Ward Back to School Gospel Fest 8/6/2016 LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie 12:00 pm
Back to School Fair 8/6/2016 1419 W. Blackhawk St. 11:00 am
Hope For Youth 8/10/2016 5900 W. Iowa, Chicago, IL 60651 10:00 am
Senator Iris Y. Martinez Annual Family Wellness/Back to School Fair 8/11/2016 Avondale/Logandale School located at 3212 W. George St. 10:00 am
Back to School 8/11/2016 3212 W George 10:00 am
34th Ward Back-to-School Fair 8/11/2016 11901 South Loomis Street (Universal Entertainment Center--indoor/outdoor) 10:00 am
13th Ward Back to School Event 8/11/2016 Universal Entertainment Center, 11901 S. Loomis St. 10:00 am
Back to School Event 2016 8/12/2016 Aspira High School 11:00 am
31st Ward Back to School Fair 8/13/2016 Kelvyn Park, 4343 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 am
1st Ward Back to School event 8/13/2016 Moos Elementary- 1711 N. California 10:00 am
Back to School Event 8/13/2016 40th Ward Office 9:00 am
7th Ward: Back 2 School Kickoff 8/14/2016 7th Ward Service Center, 2249 E 95th St 60617 10:00 am
Back 2 School Fair 8/20/2016 4432 N Troy / Our Lady Mercy Church 10:00 am
Alderman Pat Dowell Back to School Extravaganza 8/20/2016 Fuller Park Fieldhouse. 331 West 45th St. Chicago, IL. 10:00 am
18th Ward 5k bike & Walk A Thon & Annual Back to School Picnic 8/20/2016 4350 W. 79th Street - Rainey Park 10:00 am
Ald. Michael Scott Jr's 2nd Annual Back-to-School Event 8/20/2016 Douglas Park; 1401 S. Sacramento Blvd. 11:00 am
20th Ward Back to School Picnic 8/20/2016 Washington Park - 400-600 E. 60th St. 10:00 am
17th Annual Back to School Event 8/20/2016 Palmer Park- 201 E. 111th St. 12:00 pm
5k Bike & Walk-A-Thon Unity Day "Back to School Picnic" Finale! 8/20/2016 Rainey Park, 4350 W. 79th St 10:00 am
Back to School Event 8/21/2016 Warren Park- 6601 N. Western Ave 9:30 am
Back to School Fest 8/23/2016 Barnard School 10354 S Charles, 104th Street 4:00 pm
30th Ward Back to School Event 8/26/2016 Riis Park- 6100 W. Fullerton 10:00 am
28th Ward Back to School Event 8/27/2016 Marshall HS Campus Park 12:00 pm
21st Ward Annual Back to School Community Picnic 8/27/2016 91st Prospect ~ The Forest Preserve 12:00 pm
ACCESS Grand Boulevard Health Fair 8/27/2016 ACCESS Grand Boulevard, 5401 S. Wentworth, Chicago, IL 11:00 am
Englewood Back to school event 8/27/2016 6500 S. Racine 8:30 am
Stay in School Picnic 8/27/2016 Union Park- 1501 W. Randolph St., 60606 10:00 am
28th Ward Back to School Event 8/27/2016 Marshall HS Campus Park 11:00 am
Health and Housing Fair 8/27/2016 Walter Dyett HS- 555 E. 51st St., 60615 10:00 am
49th Ward Back to School Event 8/27/2016 Center of Hop Back to School Event, 1423 W. 69th St. 12:00 pm
49th Ward Back to School Event 8/27/2016 Englewood Back to School Event, 6500 S. Racine 9:00 am
49th Ward 26th Annual Back to School Picnic 8/28/2016 Loyola Park, 1100 W. Farwell 12:00 pm
5th Ward Back to School Picnic 8/28/2016 The Park area in front of the 63rd Street Beach Hose, 6301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 11:00 am
Annual Back to School Picnic 8/31/2016 Senn HS Front Lawn- 5900 N. Glenwood 5:00 pm
Fiestas Boricua /Back to School 9/3/2016 2435 W Division (church parking lot) 12:00 pm
Back to School 9/3/2016 Steelworkers Park 87th and Lakeshore Drive 4:00 pm
8th Ward Celebration of Education Parade & Jamboree 9/10/2016 8539 S. Cottage Grove 9:00 am
79th Street Renaissance Festival 9/10/2016 79th/Racine 10:00 am
8th Ward Celebration of Education Parade & Jamboree 9/10/2016 Jesse Owens Park, 8801 S. Clyde 10:00 am

Frequently Asked Questions


When does school begin?
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2016. However, note that some Charter school start dates differ, and are available here.

Is it too late to register my child for the coming school year?
No. To learn more about your options, read the Enrollment FAQ section below.

What are the bell times for my child's school?
Bell times vary by school. To learn what the bell times are for your child's school, enter the school name into the CPS School Search or call their main office.

What is the dress code at my child's school?
Information on dress codes can be obtained by contacting your child's school directly. Contact information for your child's school can be found by entering the school name into the CPS School Search tool.

My child needs a CTA/Bus (Ventra) pass.
To learn more about Ventra passes for CPS students, please contact your school directly. Contact information for your child's school can be found by entering the school name into the CPS School Search tool.

My child needs transportation services.
To find out if your child is eligible for transportation assistance, please visit the Transportation Information Page, or call the CPS Office of Transportation Services at (773) 553-2860.

What are the Safe Passage Routes for my School?
To learn more about Safe Passage, visit the Safe Passage website or contact your child's school. Contact information for your child's school can be found by entering the school name into the CPS School Search tool.

For additional questions, please contact the CPS Back to School Hotline at (773) 553-3223.


How do I enroll my child in a Chicago Public School?
The enrollment process begins by selecting a school. Learn more about your school options by using the CPS School Locator. Next, contact or visit your desired school to speak with an administrator about the enrollment process.

How do I enroll my child in preschool?
For complete details on Chicago: Ready to Learn!, CPS' school-based early childhood program, please visit Ready to Learn or call the Office of Early Childhood Education at (773) 553-2010.

How do I obtain school records/transcripts?
You may be able to obtain records by calling the school directly. If not, please contact the Office of Student Records at (773) 553-2340.

Health and Wellness

What are the Minimum Health Requirements to enroll my child in School?
You can find information and resources in the Health and Wellness section of this site.

How do I register my child for free or reduced lunch?
For questions about free and reduced lunch, please call the Office of Nutrition Services at (773) 553-2830 and choose Option 8.

Where can I take my child to receive a vision or dental screening?
Vision and dental screenings are available at various locations throughout the city. You can find the details in the Health and Wellness section of this site.

Where can I take my child to receive vaccinations?
Under the Health Requirements section, you can find information on vaccinations and other minimum health requirements for CPS.

Diverse Learners

I have questions about my child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Who can I contact with my questions?
You can contact the Department of Diverse Learner Supports and Services at (773) 553-1800.

My child may have diverse learning needs. How can I get them evaluated?
Please contact the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services at (773) 553-1800.

Can children of families who are homeless or in temporary living situations still enroll in school and receive services?

Yes. To learn more, please contact the Office of Students in Temporary Living Situations at (773) 553-2242 for information and support.


Supply the Future

Chicago Public Schools is seeking donations of school supplies to support the 2016 Back to School Campaign.

If you have school supplies that can be easily transported, call 773-553-1580 to arrange for delivery.



Attendance & Truancy

What can I do to support my child and their daily attendance? Attendance Guide: [English].

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is a collection of high school programs that prepare students for life-long success. Students receive a college-prep education as well as technical skills that allow them to graduate from high school with more than a high school diploma. [Guide | Postcard]

City Colleges of Chicago – Dual Enrollment

The City Colleges of Chicago offer one free college course per semester to CPS high school juniors and seniors. For more information click here.

Enrollment Procedures/Requirements 

Enrollment Poster - [English | Spanish | Polish]

My School Bucks

Office of Nutrition Support Services is excited to offer MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student's meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check.

For more information click here.

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a unique web-based tool that allows you to securely view your child's grades and attendance online. Parent Portal Orientation: [English | Spanish]

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct (SCC) is adopted by the Chicago Board of Education each year to help create a safe environment for all students and school person­nel. The SCC sets forth the expected behaviors for students and a transparent process for administrators to redirect inappropriate behavior. [English | Spanish | Polish]

Students in Temporary Living Situations (S.T.L.S.)

Whatever your temporary situation is, STLS can help you get to school and stay in school. STLS is a required part of every school. To receive these services, ask to see our STLS liaison at your school and explain that you are in a temporary living situation. For more information, click here.

Student Outreach and Re-engagement Centers (S.O.A.R.)

Our schools offer additional supports and services for students who have been out of school and seek to return, or who may need opportunities to earn credits in an accelerated program. More information, click here.

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