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Back to School


Welcome back, students and staff

Whether you're new to CPS or returning for another year, explore these resources to find all the information you need to be ready for a successful school year.

Preparing for School

Explore all the resources you need for a successful school year, including enrollment information, health and wellness requirements, and lunch menus.

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Virtual Academy

In response to COVID-19, CPS launched Virtual Academy, a fully remote learning option that serves a limited number of students who qualify as medically fragile.

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Sports schedules will return to normal operations this year. Outdoor sports will not require masks, while indoor sports will require masks in accordance with CPS and OSHW guidelines.

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Health & Safety 

Our schools and buildings will require students and staff to follow CDC and CDPH health and safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Vaccination Opportunities

All Chicagoans age 12 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Find information below about locating vaccination sites, scheduling appointments and protecting yourself and your community,


COVID-19 Testing

Helping families and staff access COVID-19 testing is critical as we go back to school.

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Safe and Clean Learning Environment

During a pandemic, risk exists for any public gathering. However, to mitigate these risks, the district has developed a comprehensive health and safety plan aligned to local, state, and federal guidance.

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Our Plan for the School Year

We're excited to welcome all students back into the classroom five days per week starting August 30, 2021. Learn more about how we've prepared to deliver a safe and engaging learning environment.

Fall Opening Guide

Read our guidance document for the 2021-22 school year to learn about health protocols, academic instruction and more. This guide contains information for parents, educators and external partners.






Fall Opening Guidance document

Upcoming Events

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Why Get Vaccinated? Take It From Our Students.


CPS Ventilation and Air Quality


Why Get Vaccinated? Take It From Our Students.


CPS Ventilation and Air Quality

School Meals

CPS offers free, nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch, and snacks to all students. Get additional information about menus, nutrition guidelines and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your most frequently asked questions.

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Family Support Numbers

If you need help with questions about back to school and reopening topics, please reach out to one of our support teams. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.


Healthy CPS Hotline

Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

773-553-KIDS (5437)

Staff Resources

To find the latest resources for all CPS staff on reopening, including guidance documents and training session, please visit the CPS Employee Intranet

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