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, 2018. For questions about the health requirements, please contact your school's main office.
To find out what's required for your child, please review the 2018-2019 Minimum Health Requirements — [Spanish version]
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:
What do I do if my child has asthma, diabetes or food allergies? Follow the four-step chronic conditions reporting process — [Spanish version]
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 (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?
Feel free to call (773) 553-KIDS (5437) or email email@example.com.
It's Time to Go Back to School!
CPS schools begin on Tuesday September 4th, 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 9: Woodlawn
||Williams Prep HS, 4934 S. Wabash, 60615
|Network 13: West Roseland/Pullman
||Gately Park @ Smith ES, 744 E. 103rd, 60628
|Network 5: Garfield Park
||Cather ES, 2908 W. Washington, 60612
|Network 1: Albany Park
||Hibbard ES, 3244 W. Ainslie, 60625
|Network 3: Austin/ Belmont Cragin
||Michele Clark HS, 5101 W. Harrison, 60644
|Network 6: Near West Side
||Crane HS, 2245 W. Jackson, 60612
|Network 2: Lincoln Square
||Mather HS, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave., 60659
|Network 12: Roseland
||South Shore HS 1955 E. 75th, 60649
|Network 8: Brighton Park
||Kelly HS, 4136 S California Ave, 60632
|Network 4: Hermosa/Belmont Cragin
||Avondale/Logandale ES 3212 W. George, 60618
|Network 7: Saucedo/Telpochcalli Campus
||Saucedo ES, 2850 W. 24th Blvd., 60623
|Network 10: Ashburn
||Durkin Park ES, 8445 S. Kolin, 60652
|Network 11: Englewood
||Earle ES @ Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen, 60636
Frequently Asked Questions
When does school begin?
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4, 2018. 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.
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.
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 in the Health Requirements section of this site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I take my child to receive vaccinations?
Under the Health Requirements tab, you can find information on vaccinations and other minimum health requirements for CPS. To locate a health center who can provide a physical exam or vaccinations visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
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.
Supply the Future
Chicago Public Schools is seeking donations of school supplies to support the 2018 Back to School Campaign.
If you have school supplies that can be easily transported, call 773-553-1580 to arrange for delivery.
Attendance & Truancy
What can I do to support my child and their daily attendance? Attendance and Truancy.
Enrollment Poster - [English | Spanish | Polish]
The Parent Portal is a unique web-based tool that allows you to securely view your child's grades and attendance online. 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]
Health Insurance and SNAP Enrollment Assistance
For help applying for health insurance or the SNAP (Food Stamps) program, please view the complete list of our school based enrollment sites [English | Spanish] or for a map of our sites visit, cps.edu/cfbu. We can also contact you directly by filling out our contact form.
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.
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.
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. For more information, please visit the CTE website. [Guide | Postcard]
Early College Opportunities
Dual Enrollment (DE): The 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 the 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: 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 at email@example.com.