With three weeks to go before the start of school, the CPS Back-to-School (B2S) campaign is in full swing.

As it has for decades, the B2S season kicked off with the 87th-annual Bud Billiken Parade – a Chicago tradition and the largest Back-to-School parade in the U.S. A contingent of CPS staff and families handed out B2S t-shirts along the route, and more than half a dozen school bands entertained the excited south side crowd. CPS also participated in Presence in the Park – the post-parade picnic in Chicago’s Washington Park – to provide families with resources to get them ready for the start of school.

The next leg of the B2S journey is a new endeavor for CPS – 13 Whittier-9393neighborhood celebrations to get students excited about the start of school. Hosted at CPS schools around the city, these events began at Amundsen High School on August 10 and will feature the following:

  • free school supplies
  • food provided by Aramark
  • music from I Heart Radio
  • access to immunizations by Walgreens pharmacists
  • school-specific information for students and families
  • shuttle service to and from events

At an appearance at the Whittier Elementary event on August 16, CPS CEO Forrest Claypool encouraged students to start the new school year right where they left off.

“Our District’s foundation is solid, with academic performance on the rise and a record-high attendance rate of 93.4 percent,” he said. “These trends are encouraging, but we are not finished. We need our students to build on this momentum, and that starts on the first day of school.”

For a list of dates and locations for the District’s B2S celebrations, click here.

CPS has also created a comprehensive Back-to-School website with valuable resources for families, including FAQs, enrollment procedures, medical forms, and health requirements, as well as information on Parent Portal, which allows parents to track the grades and attendance of their children throughout the year.

For help getting ready for the first day of school – Tuesday, September 6 – visit cps.edu/b2s, call (773) 553-1580, or email b2s@cps.edu.