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School begins Monday, August 21, 2023

Get Ready for Next School Year, Now

It's never too early to get ready for a new year of school, whether you're just starting your journey at CPS or returning for another year. Explore the resources on this page to prepare for school and have a successful summer.

Reminders for School Year 2023-24:

  • Key Dates: The 2023-2024 school year starts on Monday, August 21, 2023. It will be the first full day of classes for all students, and we look forward to seeing you. Some charter school start dates differ.
  • School Menus: CPS serves free breakfast and lunch to every student all year long. View your school menu for more information.
  • Getting to School: CPS students and accompanying adults can get a free ride on CTA buses and trains on the first day of school.
  • School Hours: To check school hours, search for your school using the CPS School Locator.

Summer To-Dos

Make the most of summer break by getting a jump on next school year. Use the resources below to prepare for school and find summer programs near you.


Complete Back-to-School Forms

View health requirements, explore your healthcare options and access back-to-school forms for the 2023-24 school year.

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Enroll Your Student

Learn how to enroll your child in school, apply for programs, and begin or continue your journey with Chicago Public Schools.

Apply for School


Explore Summer Programs

Discover programs in your area that support continued learning, growth, and achievement over summer break.

View Programs

Summer Safety Tips

  • If you have questions about which vaccines are best for you or your child, CPS recommends that you talk to your doctor who knows your health history.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine, including booster, is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Visit our vaccination webpage to learn more.
  • Contact the Office of Student Health and Wellness at 773-553-KIDS(5437) if you need help with health insurance.
  • Parents should know where their children are at all times.
  • Do not swim in areas that do not have a lifeguard on duty.
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun can be harmful. Children should dress appropriately and not be exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
  • Students are encouraged to travel together in pairs whenever possible.
  • If a student feels uncomfortable or threatened in any way, they should go to the nearest business or populated area and call for help.
  • While having a phone can help in a crisis, students should use phones with good judgment and be aware of their surroundings.
  • Students should report any suspicious vehicles, persons or behavior to the police or a trusted adult.
  • Students and parents or guardians can report any concerns of sexual misconduct to CPS Office of Student Protections and Title IX at (773) 535-4400, or with our online complaint form.
  • Please call the Cook County Crime Stoppers, 1-888-881-0606, for assistance in preventing violence in your home, on your street, in your school and in your community.

Back-to-School Bashes

Back-to-School Bashes allow students and families to reconnect with their school communities and prepare for a safe and productive start to the upcoming school year. They are free to attend and advance registration is not required.

July 21

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Davis Square Park

Address: 4430 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609

July 24

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Dyett High School Grounds

Address: 55 East 51st Street, Chicago, IL 60615)

July 25

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Nixon Elementary School

Address: 2121 N Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

July 26

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Peterson Elementary School

Address: 5510 N Christiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

July 28

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Tarkington Elementary School

Address: 3330 W 71st St, Chicago, IL 60629

July 31

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: CVCA High School

Address: 2100 E 87th St, Chicago, IL 60617

August 8

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: La Follette Park

Address: 1333 N Laramie Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

August 9

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Westinghouse High School

Address: 3223 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624

August 11

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Field Elementary School

Address: 7019 N Ashland Blvd, Chicago, IL 60626

August 15

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Finkl Elementary School

Address: 2332 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 

August 16

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Crane High School

Address: 2245 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612

August 17

Time: 2 p.m - 6 p.m.

Location: Old Englewood HS Campus

Address: 6201 S Stewart Ave, Chicago, IL 60621

August 18

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Fenger High School

Address: 11220 S Wallace St, Chicago, IL 60628)

Resources For the First Day, and Beyond

Frequently Used

Use these resources to prepare for everyday life at school.


Find information about accessing the basic health care all students need to thrive. To view CPS health requirements and forms for School Year 2023-24, view the Student Health & School Forms Booklet in English or Spanish


Contact your school to find out if your child is eligible for transportation services  provided by CPS or to learn about Ventra passes for students. For additional support, call the Office of Transportation Services at 773-553-2860. 

Get Support


Healthy CPS Hotline

Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

773-553-KIDS (5437)


CPS Parent Tech Support Hotline

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm