FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, July 31, 2017
For more information, contact:
CPS Office of Communications
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools today announced 13 Back-to-School Bashes for students, educators and families to come together to celebrate the school year ahead. Each of the events will feature food, music, games and allow families to learn more about GoCPS, the District’s new process to make applying to high school simpler and more equitable.
“Back-to-School Bashes bring communities together to help ensure that families have the support and resources they need to start the year successfully on day one,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “Our schools have made remarkable progress in recent years, and we look forward to kicking off another successful year with our citywide community-building events.”
Thanks to partnerships and sponsors, each Back-to-School event will offer a wide variety of music, food, games and activities for students to celebrate the upcoming school year. Activities and resources will include:
Performances from the Jesse White Tumblers
Appearances by local radio personalities
Medical vans offering vaccinations for students
Information on Medicaid and other programs for families
Back-to-School Bashes will also provide families with an opportunity to learn more about GoCPS, the District’s new streamlined school application process, which will make applying to high school simpler and more equitable. District representatives from the Office of Access and Enrollment will be on hand to distribute materials, answer questions, and help families create GoCPS login accounts using on-site iPads.
“Back-to-School Bashes will be the first time many of our families engage with GoCPS, and we look forward to speaking with students and families about our new platform to improve the school application process,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson.
For more information on the events and other resources to help families prepare for a successful year ahead, families can visit the Back-to-School website at www.cps.edu/b2s
. The Back-to-School site includes information on academic programs, community events, and enrollment requirements among other resources.
Information on specific schools can be found at www.cps.edu/readytolearn
, where families can view profile pages to explore information on school size, type, hours, academic and extracurricular programs, and achievement.
Families with children between the ages of 3 and 5 can visit the Chicago Early Learning Portal at www.cps.edu/readytolearn
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.
For any additional questions regarding Back-to-School, parents may email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 773-553-1580.