CPS Announces Improved Attendance on First Day of School 

Community Outreach Effort Helped Encourage 94.7 Percent Attendance Last Tuesday
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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CPS Office of Communications
Phone: 773-553-1620

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools today announced that 94.7 percent of CPS students attended school on the first day of class – an increase from last year's rate of 93.9 percent and just .1 percent off the district's record. One school – Sauganash Elementary – had perfect attendance on the first day.

“Strong student attendance on the first day of class is a crucial first step toward academic success for the rest of the school year,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool.

“Research shows that strong student attendance on the first day is tied to academic achievement throughout the school year,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson. “CPS schools are already off to an encouraging start, and we have no doubt that our students are ready to build on their tremendous achievements.”
This year, CPS held 13 Back-to-School Bashes for students, educators and families to come together to celebrate and prepare for the first day of school. Back-to-School Bashes took place around the city and featured food, music, games, and important information for students starting school in the fall. CPS worked in coordination with local radio personalities and community-based organizations to plan a fun and productive event with food and fun, but also important back-to-school resources like medical vans with vaccinations for students and information on Medicaid for parents. 

Leading up to the start of the school year, CPS leveraged social media to celebrate student achievement and help generate excitement for the new school year. CPS earned nearly half a million social media impressions on the first day of school and nearly 2 million impressions the week prior to the first day of school.

Back-to-School Outreach highlights:
  • 14,500 students, families and community members attended CPS back-to-school bashes; 
  • CPS staff attended 83 community festivals across the city; 
  • CPS staff and volunteers made thousands of phone bank calls; 
  • CPS distributed school supply bags to 20 shelters for students in temporary living situations.
The District’s encouraging attendance rate on the first day of class comes on the heels of monumental progress in the district, including record-high rates of graduation (77.5 percent) and freshmen on-track(88.7 percent), NWEA scores, scholarship dollars ($1.24 billion) and early college and career credentials (43.4 percent). For more information, check out the 2017 CPS Academic Progress Report at www.cps.edu/reportcard.

Chicago Public Schools serves 381,000 students in 652 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.  

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