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Back to School

Here's all the important information you need for a successful school year beginning on Monday, August 30, 2021—from school supplies and enrollment information to lunch menus. Plus, find additional resources, read FAQs, and much more.


  • Most CPS students will learn at school five days per week during the 2021-22 school year.
  • CPS serves free breakfast and lunch to every student all year long. Students enrolled in the district’s Virtual Academy can pick up meals at their nearest school or sign up for meal deliveries by calling 773-553-KIDS (5437).
  • CPS students and accompanying adults can get a free ride on CTA buses and trains on the first day of school.
  • To check school hours, search for your school using the CPS School Locator.
  • Some charter school start dates differ. View the full charter schedule to learn more.

For any additional questions, email the Back-to-School team at