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CPS Kicks Off Annual Back-to-School Bashes to Prepare for and Celebrate the Upcoming School Year

30 July 2021

This School Year, Students Begin Classes Before Labor Day on Monday, August 30th for Five Days a Week of In Person Instruction; The Ten Community Celebrations Across the City Offer Healthcare Resources, Including COVID-19 Vaccination at Select Locations; School Supplies and Critical Information on Enrollment and Resources for Families; Additional Information Can be Found at

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CHICAGO - Beginning today, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will kick off its annual Back-to-School Bashes at ten locations across the city for students and families to reconnect with their school communities and prepare for a return to in-person instruction five days a week, before Labor Day, on Monday, August 30. The district announced five Bashes earlier this summer and today the district is announcing five additional B2B locations. Starting today and continuing throughout the month of August, these celebrations will provide an opportunity for CPS students to meet with school and network staff and classmates, get school supplies, receive free COVID-19 vaccines for students and their family members at select locations and access other important community resources.

“Back-to-School Bashes are an important CPS summer tradition that we are happy to have returning this year,” said Interim CPS CEO, Dr. José M. Torres. “These events will act as an important bridge to the return of five days a week of in person instruction on Monday, August 30. They’ll also be an opportunity for families to take advantage of free COVID-19 vaccines and other important health and school resources.”

The science is clear about the need for students to return to school five days of week, and while it is safe to fully open schools regardless of the number of people vaccinated, vaccines provide the best level of protection against COVID-19. Leading up to the start of school, the district is encouraging everyone who can to get vaccinated before school starts on August 30. Back to School Bashes provide a convenient opportunity for students 12 years and older and their families to take advantage of free vaccinations. 

The events will also offer a variety of music, food, games and activities for students and their families and CPS staff and volunteers will be available to help answer questions regarding the upcoming school year.

Schedule of CPS Back-To-School Bashes With Vaccination Opportunities:

Network Events




Networks 1, 2, 4, 14, 15 (North)


Roosevelt HS

12-5 pm

Networks 7, 8, 10, 15, 16 (Southwest)


Tarkington ES

12-5 pm

Networks 3, 5, 6, 14, 15, 17 (West)


Michele Clark HS

12-5 pm

Networks 9, 11, 15, 16, 17 (South)


CPS Colman Office

12-5 pm

Networks 12, 13, 16, 17 (Far South)


Chicago Vocational Career Academy

12-5 pm

Schedule of Additional CPS Back-To-School Bashes:

*Please check the Back-to-School website at for any vaccination related updates.

Network Events




Network 13 (Far South)


Gately Stadium

4-8 pm

Network 7 (Southwest)


Maria Saucedo Academy

12-3 pm

Network 7 (Southwest)


William Finkl Academy

12-3 pm

Network 3 (West)


Steinmetz College Prep

3-8 pm

Network 11 (South)


Urban Prep Charter Academy

2-6 pm

For more information on the events and details on other resources to help families prepare for a successful year ahead, families can visit the Back-to-School website at The Back-to-School site includes information on academic programs, community events, frequently asked questions, enrollment procedures, medical forms, health requirements and safety protocols for the upcoming school year. For any additional questions regarding Back-to-School, parents can email or call 773-553-1580.

Chicago Public Schools serves 341,000 students in 638 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.