First Day 

Frequently Asked Questions about the First Day of school

July 29, 2011

With the Back to School effort kicking off, Chicago Public Schools has put together a list of frequently asked questions for parents and students to help everyone prepare for the start of the new school year.



When is the Track E start date?

Track E schools start on Monday, August 8, 2011.



I am not sure if my child is attending a Track E school, where can I find a list of all the Track E schools?

To find a list of Track E schools, please see the list PDF icon here.



When is the Regular Track start date?

The start of the Regular Track schools is Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the day after the Labor Day Holiday.



Are Track E students in school longer than Regular Track students?

No, both Track E and Regular Track have the same number of instructional days.  However, Track E student vacations are interspersed throughout the year into shorter, more frequent breaks. Both Track E and Regular Track schools have the same holidays and their school year ends at the same time.



Are there Track A, B, C and D schools this year?

No, for the 2011-2012 school year every school is either the PDF icon Track E or PDF icon Regular Track schedule.



How do I enroll my child in a CPS school?

If you are enrolling a child to a Chicago public school for the first time please be able to present your student’s proof of age, current address and physical exam and immunizations records to the school principal.  Please review the 2011-2012 Enrollment Procedures/Requirements found below. Additional questions should be directed at the school you are enrolling your child. 


What medical/health forms does my child need to have for the first day?

Physical, vision and dental exams are required for any student starting at CPS and students at certain grade levels.  CPS also has immunization requirements for:

  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Tetanus (DTaP/Tdap)
  • Inactivated Polio Virus (Polio Vaccine)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B 
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae, Type B (HIB)

Most medical and health forms are due on October 15, 2011, and if they have not been provided to the school by that date, students may face expulsion from school. You can view the Minimum health requirements here: PDF icon English and PDF icon Spanish



What school supplies does my child need to have for the first day? 

While many school hand out a list of supplies during the first week of school, CPS also suggests that parents and guardians contact the school your child is attending for a specific list of supplies, however you can view our PDF icon school supply essentials as a guide for what your child will need.



How do I find out if uniforms are required for my child’s school?

Contact your child’s school directly to find out whether or not uniforms are required for the 2011-2012 school year. For school contact information, visit our Find a school section, enter the name of your child's school and select the Search button. Contact information is available on each school page.



Where do I find a full calendar of important dates for the 2011-2012 school year?

A PDF version of the 2011-2012 Chicago Public Schools Calendar and Directory can be found PDF icon here. Also, continue to check our calendar page for the list of key events and student days off.



How can I update my contact information in the CPS Parent Portal?

If you need to update information or have any questions about Parent Portal contact your child’s school directly.  Additional support can be viewed here and you can log on to Parent Portal here Opens in a new window icon.



Where can I find more information and updates about CPS’ Back to School effort?

For all updates on events, initiatives, pictures, videos, information and a whole lot more surrounding Back to School you can visit the CPS homepage or our Back to School website.



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