Tuesday, September 8: The First Day to a Great Year 

Preparing families for Back-to-School

August 31, 2015

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, and CPS is doing everything possible to ensure students are in class on time and ready to learn.

Throughout the summer, CPS staff has visited over 90 neighborhood festivals, handing out free school supplies and providing families with important Back-to-School information. Additionally, the District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team has covered Chicago neighborhoods with lawn signs and made thousands of phone calls and home visits to make sure parents know when school begins.

To help students fully prepare for the new school year, CPS has also created a comprehensive Back-to-School website. By visiting cps.edu/b2s, families can find the answers to questions like these:
    •    What is the dress code at my school?
    •    Who do I contact if my child needs transportation services?
    •    How do I have my child evaluated for diverse learning needs?

Families will also find medical forms and the minimum health requirements to enroll in District schools. Here are some additional tips for getting the school year off to a healthy start:
    •    Make a summer appointment with your medical provider for all Back-to-School examinations and immunizations.
    •    Inform schools of any chronic conditions your child may have (allergies, asthma, diabetes, etc.)
    •    Sign your child up for school-based vision and dental examination programs.  

The Back-to-School website also contains a calendar of community events, as well as information on critical resources like Parent Portal, which allows parents to track the grades and attendance of their children throughout the school year. Families can also explore CTE, dual enrollment, and other CPS programs that may help students align their interests with their academic experience.

For more information on a specific school, students and parents should visit cps.edu to view the school’s profile page. These pages include information on school size, type, hours and academic and extracurricular programs. Simply visit cps.edu and search by school name. Those unsure of the schools in their neighborhood can access the site’s School Locator tool.  

Families with children between the ages of 3 and 5 should visit the Chicago Early Learning Portal to explore school and community-based early childhood programs that will best meet their needs. Parents can also call the Chicago: Ready to Learn! Hotline at (312) 229-1690 for one-on-one assistance.

Remember – school starts on Tuesday, September 8. Visit cps.edu/b2s for all your Back-to-School needs, or call the Back-to-School Hotline at (773) 553-3223.

Page Last Modified on Monday, August 31, 2015