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Chicago Public Schools Kicks Off 2023-24 School Year with Back-to-School Bashes

20 July 2023

Students and families reconnect with their school communities to prepare for a safe and productive school year

CPS Office of Communications

Phone: 773-553-1620
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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is inviting students and families to start the 2023-2024 school year strong by attending a back-to-school bash in their community. The District is hosting 13 back-to-school celebrations across the city to allow new and returning students and families to connect with their school prior as we prepare for the first day of school on August 21. The first celebration will take place on July 21 at Davis Square Park, with additional events attended by City and District officials throughout July and August.

“As we get ready to start a new school year, it is important to make sure students and families have the resources they need to set themselves up for success,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. “We are excited to welcome students and families back to school and to help them access the resources and supports they need to succeed academically, mentally, socially, and emotionally this year. We look forward to seeing all our students, educators, families, and school support staff when we start school on August 21.”

Students and families will be able to enjoy music, food, games, and other activities at the District’s back-to-school bashes. CPS staff and volunteers will also be available to help answer questions about the upcoming school year. Families can also meet with school leaders, access necessary school supplies, and access health resources during the events.

For the full schedule of events, as well as resources to help families prepare for a successful year, families can visit the Back-to-School website at There, families can access important information about academic programs, community events, frequently-asked-questions, enrollment procedures, medical forms, health requirements and safety protocols for the upcoming school year.

CEO Pedro Martinez and top City leaders will attend the following back-to-school bashes to welcome students and parents back to school:

Date Location
July 21 Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield Avenue
July 24 Dyett High School, 55 E. 51st Street
July 31 CVCA High School, 2100 # 87th Street

For any additional questions regarding the return to the school year, parents can email or call the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at 773-553-3223.