Track E schools start Aug. 10 

Many year-round schools are already in session; the regular school year starts Sept. 8.

August 06, 2009

Next Monday at least 90,000 elementary and high school students will head back to school. Monday, Aug. 10 is the first day of school for students who attend year-round Track E schools.

To find out whether or not your child attends a year-round school, view our list. Contact your child’s school to confirm what time school starts. Visit our Key events or Student days off calendar sections, and click year-round calendars to find a calendar that’s coincides with your child’s school.

Students in a Track E school attend the same number of days as students that attend a regular calendar school. The long summer break is divided into more and frequent breaks. This, according to administrators and teachers, diminishes the learning loss that many students experience during the summer; improving their academic progress. The year-round Track E calendar allows students to attend enrichment activities that are offered by many schools during the intersessions. This calendar also helps students to be more energized and refreshed given the frequent breaks.

Year-round school benefits

The benefits of year-round schools include: eliminating summer learning loss for students; enhancing teachers' time management and planning; providing better opportunities for remediation; and eliminating teacher burnout. Year-round schools also provide students with the safety and security of a school environment during the summer months.

Addressing parental concerns

A concern that parents have expressed is that it is difficult having children attend a regular school and a year-round school. At times the pick up time and vacation do not coincide. Schools in the same areas are being encouraged to adopt the Track E calendar if their neighboring school is becoming a Track E year round school. 

CPS has formed various partnerships with agencies such as the YMCA, Park District, Chicago Public Library and Boys and Girls Club, to ascertain that parents have other options for students to participate in when students go on intersession.

Learn more about our Back-to-school efforts and our school supply drive.