School Open Today for CPS Students 

All CPS students are expected to be back in the classroom

September 19, 2012

CPS schools will be open today for Chicago Public Schools students as the Chicago Teachers Union ended their strike.


"Our students will be back in school tomorrow with their teachers, right where they belong," said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. "There, they will continue their learning with the full school day, using more time for reading, math, science, world languages and enrichment such as arts, music and physical education."


During the strike, Chicago parents were able to access full-day opportunities for their children at more than 450 locations across the city, through partnerships CPS formed with City departments, City sister agencies and nonprofit organizations:


  • 147 CPS Children First school sites;
  • 84 Chicago Park District camp programs;
  • 59 Safe Haven sites;
  • Over 100 non-profit partners;
  • 78 Chicago Public Libraries locations.


Nearly 32,000 CPS students took part in safe and engaging programming offered through or in partnership with the Children First Plan including:


  • 20,375 students signed up at Children First school sites;
  • 2,750 students at nonprofit organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, YMCA and Salvation Army sites across the city;
  • 1,400 children at 59 faith-based Safe Haven sites;
  • 5,200 at Chicago Park District sites; and
  • 1,400 students at Chicago Public Libraries.


"I want to thank the community leaders and the faith-based community for coming together to support our students right in their neighborhoods. We were able to ensure all children in need had safe and engaging opportunities available to them," added CEO Brizard.


CPS provided both breakfast and lunch for students at Children First sites. The Greater Chicago Food Depository provided thousands of healthy snacks for students as part of this effort. CPS also partnered with the non-profit organization Chicago Cares to coordinate volunteers to help provide support at parks and libraries to support any additional activity at those sites. And 100 City Year Corps Members on 14 teams were redeployed from CPS sites to 11 parks and three libraries to lend volunteer support for students.