Back 2 School Campaign

It’s time to go back to school. As you and your family get ready for the 2019–2020 school year at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), here’s all the important information you need to know. Learn what you need to enroll your child in school, find out what resources CPS offers to students and families, read through our FAQs, and celebrate with us at a CPS Back-to-School Bash.

Remember:

  • CPS serves free breakfast and lunch to every student all year long.
  • CPS students and accompanying adults can get a free ride on CTA buses and trains on the first day of school.
  • To check school hours, search for your school using the CPS School Locator.
  • Some charter school start dates differ. Find a full charter schedule here.

For any additional questions, email the Back-to-School team at b2s@cps.edu.

Welcome to the 2018 Back to School webpage. Here you will find vital information to prepare your family for the school year. In addition, visit the event calendar tab for a list of CPS Back to School Bash celebrations near you. For answers to additional questions, see the Resources and/or FAQ tab or email b2s@cps.edu.

CPS serves free meals for all students all year long! (All schools serve breakfast and lunch daily! Also, check to see if your school has after school snack, dinner, Saturday, and Summer meals!) Check out the menu. Questions, email food@cps.edu.

For School Hours information, please visit the CPS Profile Pages. For charter school start dates, download the 2018 Charter schools schedule.

FREE RIDES on CTA Buses & Trains for CPS STUDENTS and accompanying adults.

 

Celebrate a new school year with food, music, and games at a CPS Back-to-School Bash. These celebrations are the perfect opportunity to meet and reconnect with classmates, educators, and other families while learning about the resources that CPS offers to our families and students.

Network/Community Name

Date and Time

Location

Network 1,14
Albany Park
Tuesday, July 30,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Hibbard ES - 3244 W. Ainslie St. Register
Network 2,14
Lincoln Square
Wednesday, July 31,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Mather HS - 5835 N. Lincoln Ave. Register
Network 3,15
Austin/Belmont-Cragin
Friday, August 2,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Michele Clark HS - 5101 W. Harrison St. Register
Network 4,14
Hermosa
Thursday, August 1,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Marine Leadership - 1920 N. Hamlin Ave. Register
Network 5,15
Garfield Park
Wednesday, August 14,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Marshall HS - 3250 W. Adams St. Register
Network 6,15,16
Near West Side
Tuesday, August 6,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Crane HS - 2245 W. Jackson St. Register
Network 7,15,16
Pilsen/Little Village
Wednesday, August 7,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Saucedo ES -2850 W. 24th Blvd. Register
Network 8,15,16
Brighton Park
Tuesday, August 13,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Kelly HS - 4136 S. California Ave. Register
Network 9,17
Woodlawn
Friday, August 9,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Williams Prep HS - 4934 S. Wabash Ave. Register
Network 10,16
Ashburn
Monday, August 12,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Durkin Park ES - 8445 S. Kolin Ave. Register
Network 11,16
Englewood
Thursday, August 8,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Lindblom Park District - 6054 S. Damen Ave. Register
Network 12,17
Roseland
Monday, August 5,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
South Shore HS - 1955 E. 75th St. Register
Network 13,17
West Roseland/Pullman
Thursday, August 15,
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Fenger HS - 11220 S. Wallace St. Register

**Community-based organizations are encouraged to participate in B2S bashes. Register your organization by filling out this application.

To learn about how to enroll your child in school, explore our enrollment procedures and requirements: [English | Spanish | Polish]

  • How do I enroll my child in a Chicago Public School? Every address in the city of Chicago is assigned to a neighborhood school, and families can enroll in their assigned neighborhood school without applying. To identify the neighborhood school for your child’s grade level, please use the CPS School Locator. Next, contact or visit your desired school to speak with an administrator about the enrollment process.
  • How do I apply to a school that is not my designated neighborhood school? From September 30–December 6, 2019, families can apply to any school in the city that their student is eligible to attend using GoCPS, the district’s online application system. Applications are available for all district and charter high schools, all district elementary schools, and three magnet preschool programs.
  • How do I enroll my child in preschool? For complete details on Chicago Early Learning, CPS' school-based early childhood program, please visit the Chicago Early Learning website 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.
  • 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.

Our top priority is keeping all students safe and healthy. In order to do so, CPS has specific health requirements for enrollment. These include:

  • Immunizations and physical health exams for some grade levels. Proof of these exams are due to your child's school at the time of enrollment or no later than October 15, 2019.
  • An eye exam for some students. Proof of this exam is due no later than October 15, 2019.
  • A dental exam for some students. Proof of this exam is due no later than May 15, 2020.

To find out what's required for your child, please review the 2019–20 Minimum Health Requirements. For questions about Illinois student health requirements, please contact your school's main office.

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. The school will enter proof of completion in the Student Information System:

  • State of Illinois Child Health Examination Form [English | Spanish ]
  • State of Illinois Proof of Dental Examination Form [English | Spanish ]
  • Early Childhood Health Requirements (Ages 3-5) [English]
  • State of Illinois Vision Examination Report [English]

What do I do if my child has asthma, diabetes, or food allergies?

Follow the four-step chronic conditions reporting process [Spanish version]. Visit the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) to download forms related to food allergy, asthma, diabetes, and the administration of medication.

How does my family obtain medical insurance?

CPS encourages all families to have a family doctor. If you are in need of health insurance or need help renewing your health insurance, call (773) 553-KIDS (5437). Find the nearest enrollment site and additional information on the Children and Family Benefit Unit (CFBU) website.

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

Call (773) 553-KIDS (5437) or email oshw@cps.edu.

CPS provides all students free breakfast and lunch meals. Some schools also serve after-school snacks, after-school suppers, Saturday meals, and summer meals. Check out the CPS menu, and if you have questions, please email food@cps.edu.

As an extra resource for students who purchase milk in elementary school or a la carte in high school, the 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.

For questions about student health and wellness, call (773) 553-KIDS (5437) or email the Office of Student Health and Wellness at oshw@cps.edu.

It’s important for you and your child to be prepared for the first day of school, and checking this list of recommended school supplies is the best way to make sure our students have everything they need.

The school supply list is subject to change per teacher request. Please contact your child’s school to get a complete list of the school supplies needed for the upcoming school year. School contact information is available on the CPS School Locator.

Pre-K through Kindergarten

  • Large pencils
  • Large crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Kleenex, paper towels

Grades 1–3

  • Pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Notebook
  • Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Pencil-top erasers
  • Supply box
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Kleenex, paper towels

Grades 4-6

  • Pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • Notebook
  • Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Pencil-top erasers
  • Supply box
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Kleenex, paper towels
  • Pocket folders
  • Watercolor paints
  • Sketch pads

Grades 7 and 8

  • Same as the above, plus:
    • Colored pencils
    • Spiral notebooks
    • Wide-ruled notebook paper
    • Additional folders
    • Dictionary
    • Calculator
    • Assignment notebook

Grades 9-12

  • Same as Grades 7 and 8, plus:
    • Subject specific supplies provided by teachers

Quick Links

  • CPS School Locator: Search for your child’s school and find out school-specific information, including your school’s address, hours, and contact information.
  • Parent Portal: The new Aspen Parent Portal is a unique web-based tool that allows you to securely view your child's grades and attendance online.
  • Student Code of Conduct (SCC): The SCC helps create a safe environment for all students and school personnel by defining expected behaviors for students and a transparent process for administrators to redirect inappropriate behavior. [English | Spanish | Polish]
  • Attendance and Truancy: Explore our attendance and truancy resources if you are looking for ways to support your child and their daily attendance.

Health and Wellbeing Resources

  • Health Insurance and SNAP Enrollment Assistance: For help applying for health insurance or the SNAP (Food Stamps) program, please connect with us in one of the following ways:
    • Call our Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437).
    • Fill out our Healthy CPS Encounter Form and we will call you.
    • You can also find a complete list of our school-based enrollment sites [English | Spanish], or for a map of Children and Family Benefits Unit sites visit cps.edu/cfbu.
  • Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS): Whatever your temporary situation is, every school is required to offer STLS services and resources that can help you get to school and stay in school. To receive these services, ask to see the STLS liaison at your school and explain that you are in a temporary living situation. For more information, click here.

Academic and Career Resources

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs: 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. For more information, please visit the CTE website. [Guide | Postcard]
  • Early College Opportunities*
    • Dual Enrollment (DE): This traditional dual enrollment program allows high school juniors and seniors to take a college course at one of the City Colleges of Chicago for FREE! Students can enroll in one course during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students frequently enroll in English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Literature. Students may also want to consider enrolling in career pathway courses, including Automotive, Business, Early Childhood Development, Logistics, Information Technology, and more.
    • Jumpstart to Jobs: This is a dual enrollment program for rising seniors in Chicago to earn 15+ college credits, a basic certificate in a career pathway, and opportunities for paid work experience in that field. Jumpstart to Jobs is a FREE program and includes CTA transportation, books, and tuition, but requires a one-year commitment to complete the certificate.

*For more information on Early College opportunities, please contact Melina Angeles with the Office of Early College and Career Education at mangeles1@cps.edu.

General

  • When does school begin? The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. However, note that some charter school start dates differ.
  • 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 or visit the Enrollment tab.
  • 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, search for the school using the CPS School Locator 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 using the CPS School Locator.

Transportation

  • 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 using the CPS School Locator.
  • My child needs transportation services. To find out if your child is eligible for transportation assistance, please visit Transportation Information, 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 Locator.

Enrollment

  • How do I enroll my child in a Chicago Public School? Every address in the city of Chicago is assigned to a neighborhood school, and families can enroll in their assigned neighborhood school without applying. To identify the neighborhood school for your child’s grade level, please use the CPS School Locator. Next, contact or visit your desired school to speak with an administrator about the enrollment process.
  • How do I apply to a school that is not my designated neighborhood school? From September 30–December 6, 2019, families can apply to any school in the city that their student is eligible to attend using GoCPS, the district’s online application system. Applications are available for all district and charter high schools, all district elementary schools, and three magnet preschool programs.
  • How do I enroll my child in preschool? For complete details on Chicago Early Learning, CPS' school-based early childhood program, please visit the Chicago Early Learning website 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.
  • 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.

Health and Wellness

  • What are the minimum health requirements to enroll my child in school? You can find information and resources on the Health Requirements tab.
  • How do I register my child for free or reduced lunch? All students can eat school meals every day for free! Families no longer need to fill out forms to receive meals. All schools serve breakfast and lunch daily. Be sure to ask if your school has other meal programs available, such as after school snack, after-school supper, Saturday meals, or summer meals.
  • Where can I take my child to receive a vision or dental exam? To find the nearest locations to you, please call (773) 553-KIDS (5437) or email the Office of Student Health and Wellness at oshw@cps.edu.
  • Where can I take my child to receive vaccinations? You can find information on vaccinations and other CPS minimum health requirements on the Health Requirements tab. To locate a health center who can provide a physical exam or vaccinations, visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

Diverse Learners

  • I have questions about my child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Who can I contact with my questions? You can contact the Office 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.

Chicago Public Schools is seeking school supply donations to support the 2019 Back to School Campaign.

Please visit the School Supplies tab to view a general list of school supplies. If you have school supplies that can be easily transported, call 773-553-1580 to arrange for delivery.

Minimum Health Requirements

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

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, 2017. For questions about the health requirements, please contact your school's main office.

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:

Does your family have questions about how to obtain medical insurance?

Chicago Public Schools encourages all families to have a family doctor. If you are in need of health insurance or need help renewing your health insurance, call 773-553-KIDS. Click here to find an enrollment site closest to you." 

Children and Family Benefits Leaflet

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

Feel free to call (773) 553-KIDS (5437) or email oshw@cps.edu.

It's Time to Go Back to School!

CPS schools begin on Tuesday September 5th, 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

Date

Location

Time

Lincoln Square (2) 8/14/2017 Mather, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave., 60659 2-5 pm
Pilsen/Little Village (7) 8/17/2017 Saucedo/Tepochcalli Campus, 2850 W. 24th Blvd., 60623 2-5 pm
Roseland (12) 8/18/2017 Warren, 9239 S. Jeffery Ave, 60617 2-5 pm
Garfield Park (5) 8/25/2017 Cather Elementary 2908 W Washington Blvd, 60612 2-5 pm
Near West Side (6) 8/23/2017 Crane Med 2245 W Jackson Blvd, 60612 2-5 pm
Albany Park (1) 8/7/2017 Albany Park, 4929 N Sawyer Ave, 60625 2-5 pm
Ashburn (10) 8/3/2017 Bogan, 3939 W 79th St, 60652 2-5 pm
Hermosa/Belmont Cragin (4) 8/11/2017 Kelvyn Park, 4343 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 2-5 pm
West Roseland/Pullman (13) 8/4/2017 Fenger 11220 S Wallace St, 60628 2-5 pm
Brighton Park (8) 8/21/2017 Kelly, 4136 S California Ave, 60632 2-5 pm
Woodlawn (9) 8/22/2017 DuSable, 4934 S. Wabash, 60615 2-5 pm
Austin/Belmont Cragin (3) 8/15/2017 Prosser, 2148 N Long Ave, 60639 2-5 pm
Englewood (11) 8/16/2017 Parker 6800 S Stewart Ave, 60621 2-5 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

Date

Location

Time

Bridgescape Resource Fair 7/12/2017 Roseland, 10928 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628 10:00 AM
Sponsor-A-Student Backpack Drive 7/26/2017 5533 N Broadway, Chicago IL 60640 9:30 AM
34th Ward Back 2 School Fair 7/28/2017 11901 South Laflin, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Mount Calvary Church Back to School Event 7/29/2017 1257 W. 111th Street Chicago, IL 60643 10:00 AM
Scott Joplin Community Fair 7/29/2017 7931 S. Honore 10:00 AM
Barton ES - Back to School Block Party 7/29/2017 7650 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60620 8:00 AM
Christmas In July Back to School Block Party 7/29/2017 1504 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 9:00 AM
10th District Police National Night Out 8/1/2017 10th District Police Station, 3315 W Ogden Ave. West Parking Lot, Chicago, IL 4:00 PM
National Night Out 8/2/2017 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 4:00 PM
3rd District 14th Annual Health and Fitness Fair 8/5/2017 IIT Campus, 33rd & State, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Apostolic Church of God Annual Health Fair 8/5/2017 ACOG, 63rd & Dorchester, Chicago, IL 9:00 AM
17th Ward Back to School Event 8/5/2017 Renaissance Park, 1250 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 3:00 PM
Back to School Event - God's Grace Baptist Church 8/6/2017 5429 West Kamerling Chicago, IL 60651 9:30 AM
10th District Back to School Rally 8/8/2017 West Haven Apartments, 110 N Wood St., Chicago, IL 1:00 PM
31st Ward 3rd Annual Back 2 School Fair - Alderman Santiago 8/9/2017 Schubert Elementary School- 2727 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 AM
Annual Family Wellness/B2S Event - Senator Iris Y. Martinez, Rep. Jaime Andrade, Commissioner Arroyo, and Ald. Rosa 8/10/2017 Avondale Logandale Elem. School, 3212 W George St, Chicago, IL 60618 10:00 AM
Community Resource Day (DFSS) 8/11/2017 S. Chicago Community Service Ctr., 8650 S Commercial Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 10:00 AM
Macedonia Church 8/12/2017 Macedonia Church, 4244 W. Madison 8:00 AM
Alderman Moreno's 1st Ward Back To School Event 8/12/2017 Moos Elementary
School, 1711 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
10:00 AM
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of South Chicago 8/12/2017 3235 E. 91st Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60617
10:00 AM
2nd Ward Alderman Hopkins B2S Fair and Family Summerfest- Alderman Hopkins, 2nd Ward 8/12/2017 Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W Blackhawk, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Access Grand Boulevard Health Fair- St.Rep. Sonya Harper 8/12/2017 ACCESS Ashland Health Center, 5159 S. Ashland, Chicago,IL 11:00 AM
21st Annual all Kids and Family Health-Fair- Senator Aquino 2nd District 8/18/2017 Mozart Park, 2036 N Avers St. Chicago, IL 60647 8:00 AM
21st Annual all Kids and Family Health Fair 8/18/2017 Mozart Park, 2039 N. Avers St. Chicago, IL 60647 8:00 AM
18th Ward Back to School Picnic 8/19/2017 Hayes Park, 2936 W 85th St., Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
20th Ward B2S Event 8/19/2017 Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60637 10:00 AM
Englewood Back to School Parade 8/19/2017 Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60636 10:00 AM
Congressman Danny Davis 2017 Parade 8/19/2017 Columbus Park, 500 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644 8:00 AM
South Central Family Services 8/19/2017 8316 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60619 10:00 AM
Alderman Mell's B2S Fair- Alderman Deb Mell 8/19/2017 Roosevelt High School 3632 W Wilson 10:00 AM
24th Ward Back to School Festival 8/19/2017 Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacremento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60623 11:00 AM
Back to School Fair 8/19/2017 Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 AM
Alderman Danny Solis 25th Ward Back to School Event 8/19/2017 Harrison Park, 1824 S Wood St, Chicago, IL 60608
11:00 AM
15th Ward Back to School Fair 8/19/2017 Gage Park Fieldhouse, 2411 W. 55th Street, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
3rd Ward Back to School Fair 8/19/2017 The Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Barnard Elementary School Back to School Picnic 8/20/2017 Barnard Elementary School, 10354 S. Charles, Chicago, IL 3:00 PM
Back-to-School School Supply Giveaway 8/21/2017 Rep. Justin Slaughter's 27th District Office, 1234 West 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60643 12:00 PM
St. Sabina Back to School Block Party 8/25/2017 St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place, Chicago, Illinois 60620 9:00 AM
14th Annual Back to School Health Fair - Alderman Reboyras 8/25/2017 Riis Park, 6100 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 AM
Resurrected Life Church International - Community Outreach Back to School event 8/26/17 Resurrected Life Church International, 4538 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
27th's Ward Annual Stay In School Picnic 8/26/2017 Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606 10:00 AM
Alpha Kappa Alpha Monarch Awards Foundation 8/26/2017 6938 S. Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60629 10:00 AM
Back to School Parade and Festival 8/26/2017 Marshall Metropolitan High School, 3250 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60624 11:00 AM
Gately Park Advisory Council Back to school event 8/26/2017 Gately Park, 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 10:00 AM
CPS 24th District 8/26/2017 24th District, 2447 W Granville, Chicago, IL 11:00 AM
RAGE Back to School Event 8/26/2017 Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621 3:00 PM
B2S Throw Down-State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford 8/26/2017 Columbus Park, 500 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644 10:00 AM
12th Ward B2S Health Fair- Alderman George Cardenas 8/26/2017 2210 W Pershing Rd,Mckinley Park Fieldhouse 10:00 AM
My Wellness, Our Community Fair 8/26/2017 4225 W 25th Street 10:00 AM
28th Ward Back to School Parade & Picnic 8/26/2017 John Marshall High School, 3250 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Summer Festival 8/26/2017 Marshall HS Campus Park, 3250 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60624 12:00 PM
28th Ward Back to School Parade & Picnic 8/26/2017 John Marshall High School, 3250 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
4th Ward Health and Housing Fair 8/26/2017 Dyett High School, 555 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615 10:00 AM
5th Ward B2S Picnic 8/27/2017 Beach House, 6300 S Lakeshore Drive, Lakefront Trail, Chicago, IL 60649 11:00 AM
Alderman Moore 8/27/2017 Beach, 1100 W. Farwell 12:00 PM
5th Ward B2S Picnic- Alderman Leslie A. Hairston 8/27/2017 2325 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649 ? 11:00 AM
Robinson-New Life Back to School Festival 8/27/2017 Jackie Robinson Elementary, 4225 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60653 10:00 AM
49th Ward Annual B2S Picnic- Alderman Joe Moore (49Ward) 8/27/2017 Loyola Park, 1100 W. Farewell, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
Alderman Carrie Austin 34th Ward Back to School Celebration 8/28/2017 Universal Entertainment Center, 11901 S Loomis St. Chicago IL 60643 10:00 AM
Alan Oviedo 8/30/2017 48th Ward Office, 5533 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 5:00 PM
5th District Police CAPS 9/2/2017 5th District, 727 East 111th St
Chicago, IL 60628
12:00 PM
B2S in the 10th Ward- 10th Ward Alderman Susan Sadlowskl Garza 9/2/2017 Steelworkers Park, E 87th St, Chicago, IL 60617 12:00 PM
Fiesta Boricua Back to School 9/2/2017 2511 W. Division, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
8th Ward B2S Jamboree/Parade 9/9/2017 8539 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60619 10:00 AM
79th Street Renaissance Festival 9/9/2017 79th Street and Racine, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Faith Hope & Charity Ministries Back to School Bonanza 9/16/2017 7057 S. Stewart (Church parking lot), Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
41st Ward Back to School Dance/Movie in the Park 9/29/2017 Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Chicago IL 60631 6:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

General

When does school begin?
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. 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.

 

Enrollment

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. Also, you can visit the Enrollment Procedures/Requirements section of the Resources tab for more information.

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 2017 Back to School Campaign.

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

 

Resources

Attendance & Truancy

What can I do to support my child and their daily attendance? Attendance and Truancy.

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: Visit the Parent Portal

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.

Minimum Health Requirements

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

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, 2017. For questions about the health requirements, please contact your school's main office.

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:

Does your family have questions about how to obtain medical insurance?

Chicago Public Schools encourages all families to have a family doctor. If you are in need of health insurance or need help renewing your health insurance, call 773-553-KIDS. Click here to find an enrollment site closest to you." 

Children and Family Benefits Leaflet

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

Feel free to call (773) 553-KIDS (5437) or email oshw@cps.edu.

It's Time to Go Back to School!

CPS schools begin on Tuesday September 5th, 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

Date

Location

Time

Lincoln Square (2) 8/14/2017 Mather, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave., 60659 2-5 pm
Pilsen/Little Village (7) 8/17/2017 Saucedo/Tepochcalli Campus, 2850 W. 24th Blvd., 60623 2-5 pm
Roseland (12) 8/18/2017 Warren, 9239 S. Jeffery Ave, 60617 2-5 pm
Garfield Park (5) 8/25/2017 Cather Elementary 2908 W Washington Blvd, 60612 2-5 pm
Near West Side (6) 8/23/2017 Crane Med 2245 W Jackson Blvd, 60612 2-5 pm
Albany Park (1) 8/7/2017 Albany Park, 4929 N Sawyer Ave, 60625 2-5 pm
Ashburn (10) 8/3/2017 Bogan, 3939 W 79th St, 60652 2-5 pm
Hermosa/Belmont Cragin (4) 8/11/2017 Kelvyn Park, 4343 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 2-5 pm
West Roseland/Pullman (13) 8/4/2017 Fenger 11220 S Wallace St, 60628 2-5 pm
Brighton Park (8) 8/21/2017 Kelly, 4136 S California Ave, 60632 2-5 pm
Woodlawn (9) 8/22/2017 DuSable, 4934 S. Wabash, 60615 2-5 pm
Austin/Belmont Cragin (3) 8/15/2017 Prosser, 2148 N Long Ave, 60639 2-5 pm
Englewood (11) 8/16/2017 Parker 6800 S Stewart Ave, 60621 2-5 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

Date

Location

Time

Name of Event Date Location Time
Bridgescape Resource Fair 7/12/2017 Roseland, 10928 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628 10:00 AM
Sponsor-A-Student Backpack Drive 7/26/2017 5533 N Broadway, Chicago IL 60640 9:30 AM
34th Ward Back 2 School Fair 7/28/2017 11901 South Laflin, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Mount Calvary Church Back to School Event 7/29/2017 1257 W. 111th Street Chicago, IL 60643 10:00 AM
Scott Joplin Community Fair 7/29/2017 7931 S. Honore 10:00 AM
Barton ES - Back to School Block Party 7/29/2017 7650 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60620 8:00 AM
Christmas In July Back to School Block Party 7/29/2017 1504 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 9:00 AM
10th District Police National Night Out 8/1/2017 10th District Police Station, 3315 W Ogden Ave. West Parking Lot, Chicago, IL 4:00 PM
National Night Out 8/2/2017 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 4:00 PM
3rd District 14th Annual Health and Fitness Fair 8/5/2017 IIT Campus, 33rd & State, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Apostolic Church of God Annual Health Fair 8/5/2017 ACOG, 63rd & Dorchester, Chicago, IL 9:00 AM
17th Ward Back to School Event 8/5/2017 Renaissance Park, 1250 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 3:00 PM
Back to School Event - God's Grace Baptist Church 8/6/2017 5429 West Kamerling Chicago, IL 60651 9:30 AM
10th District Back to School Rally 8/8/2017 West Haven Apartments, 110 N Wood St., Chicago, IL 1:00 PM
31st Ward 3rd Annual Back 2 School Fair - Alderman Santiago 8/9/2017 Schubert Elementary School- 2727 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 AM
Annual Family Wellness/B2S Event - Senator Iris Y. Martinez, Rep. Jaime Andrade, Commissioner Arroyo, and Ald. Rosa 8/10/2017 Avondale Logandale Elem. School, 3212 W George St, Chicago, IL 60618 10:00 AM
Community Resource Day (DFSS) 8/11/2017 S. Chicago Community Service Ctr., 8650 S Commercial Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 10:00 AM
Macedonia Church 8/12/2017 Macedonia Church, 4244 W. Madison 8:00 AM
Alderman Moreno's 1st Ward Back To School Event 8/12/2017 Moos Elementary
School, 1711 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
10:00 AM
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of South Chicago 8/12/2017 3235 E. 91st Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60617
10:00 AM
2nd Ward Alderman Hopkins B2S Fair and Family Summerfest- Alderman Hopkins, 2nd Ward 8/12/2017 Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W Blackhawk, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Access Grand Boulevard Health Fair- St.Rep. Sonya Harper 8/12/2017 ACCESS Ashland Health Center, 5159 S. Ashland, Chicago,IL 11:00 AM
21st Annual all Kids and Family Health-Fair- Senator Aquino 2nd District 8/18/2017 Mozart Park, 2036 N Avers St. Chicago, IL 60647 8:00 AM
21st Annual all Kids and Family Health Fair 8/18/2017 Mozart Park, 2039 N. Avers St. Chicago, IL 60647 8:00 AM
18th Ward Back to School Picnic 8/19/2017 Hayes Park, 2936 W 85th St., Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
20th Ward B2S Event 8/19/2017 Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60637 10:00 AM
Englewood Back to School Parade 8/19/2017 Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60636 10:00 AM
Congressman Danny Davis 2017 Parade 8/19/2017 Columbus Park, 500 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644 8:00 AM
South Central Family Services 8/19/2017 8316 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60619 10:00 AM
Alderman Mell's B2S Fair- Alderman Deb Mell 8/19/2017 Roosevelt High School 3632 W Wilson 10:00 AM
24th Ward Back to School Festival 8/19/2017 Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacremento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60623 11:00 AM
Back to School Fair 8/19/2017 Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 AM
Alderman Danny Solis 25th Ward Back to School Event 8/19/2017 Harrison Park, 1824 S Wood St, Chicago, IL 60608
11:00 AM
15th Ward Back to School Fair 8/19/2017 Gage Park Fieldhouse, 2411 W. 55th Street, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
3rd Ward Back to School Fair 8/19/2017 The Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Barnard Elementary School Back to School Picnic 8/20/2017 Barnard Elementary School, 10354 S. Charles, Chicago, IL 3:00 PM
Back-to-School School Supply Giveaway 8/21/2017 Rep. Justin Slaughter's 27th District Office, 1234 West 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60643 12:00 PM
St. Sabina Back to School Block Party 8/25/2017 St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place, Chicago, Illinois 60620 9:00 AM
14th Annual Back to School Health Fair - Alderman Reboyras 8/25/2017 Riis Park, 6100 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 10:00 AM
Resurrected Life Church International - Community Outreach Back to School event 8/26/17 Resurrected Life Church International, 4538 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
27th's Ward Annual Stay In School Picnic 8/26/2017 Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606 10:00 AM
Alpha Kappa Alpha Monarch Awards Foundation 8/26/2017 6938 S. Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60629 10:00 AM
Back to School Parade and Festival 8/26/2017 Marshall Metropolitan High School, 3250 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60624 11:00 AM
Gately Park Advisory Council Back to school event 8/26/2017 Gately Park, 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 10:00 AM
CPS 24th District 8/26/2017 24th District, 2447 W Granville, Chicago, IL 11:00 AM
RAGE Back to School Event 8/26/2017 Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St, Chicago, IL 60621 3:00 PM
B2S Throw Down-State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford 8/26/2017 Columbus Park, 500 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644 10:00 AM
12th Ward B2S Health Fair- Alderman George Cardenas 8/26/2017 2210 W Pershing Rd,Mckinley Park Fieldhouse 10:00 AM
My Wellness, Our Community Fair 8/26/2017 4225 W 25th Street 10:00 AM
28th Ward Back to School Parade & Picnic 8/26/2017 John Marshall High School, 3250 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Summer Festival 8/26/2017 Marshall HS Campus Park, 3250 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60624 12:00 PM
28th Ward Back to School Parade & Picnic 8/26/2017 John Marshall High School, 3250 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
4th Ward Health and Housing Fair 8/26/2017 Dyett High School, 555 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615 10:00 AM
5th Ward B2S Picnic 8/27/2017 Beach House, 6300 S Lakeshore Drive, Lakefront Trail, Chicago, IL 60649 11:00 AM
Alderman Moore 8/27/2017 Beach, 1100 W. Farwell 12:00 PM
5th Ward B2S Picnic- Alderman Leslie A. Hairston 8/27/2017 2325 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649 ? 11:00 AM
Robinson-New Life Back to School Festival 8/27/2017 Jackie Robinson Elementary, 4225 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60653 10:00 AM
49th Ward Annual B2S Picnic- Alderman Joe Moore (49Ward) 8/27/2017 Loyola Park, 1100 W. Farewell, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
Alderman Carrie Austin 34th Ward Back to School Celebration 8/28/2017 Universal Entertainment Center, 11901 S Loomis St. Chicago IL 60643 10:00 AM
Alan Oviedo 8/30/2017 48th Ward Office, 5533 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 5:00 PM
5th District Police CAPS 9/2/2017 5th District, 727 East 111th St
Chicago, IL 60628
12:00 PM
B2S in the 10th Ward- 10th Ward Alderman Susan Sadlowskl Garza 9/2/2017 Steelworkers Park, E 87th St, Chicago, IL 60617 12:00 PM
Fiesta Boricua Back to School 9/2/2017 2511 W. Division, Chicago, IL 12:00 PM
8th Ward B2S Jamboree/Parade 9/9/2017 8539 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60619 10:00 AM
79th Street Renaissance Festival 9/9/2017 79th Street and Racine, Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
Faith Hope & Charity Ministries Back to School Bonanza 9/16/2017 7057 S. Stewart (Church parking lot), Chicago, IL 10:00 AM
41st Ward Back to School Dance/Movie in the Park 9/29/2017 Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Chicago IL 60631 6:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

General

When does school begin?
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. 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.

 

Enrollment

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. Also, you can visit the Enrollment Procedures/Requirements section of the Resources tab for more information.

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 2017 Back to School Campaign.

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

 

Resources

Attendance & Truancy

What can I do to support my child and their daily attendance? Attendance and Truancy.

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: Visit the Parent Portal

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.

Sponsors & Partners

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