A Look at the First Day of School in Photos
DISTRICT | August 30, 2021
A Look at the First Day of School in Photos

A new school year is officially here! Today, we welcomed back students across Chicago to their classrooms to begin another year of learning, growing, and discovering their passions at school five days each week. By investing more than half a billion dollars in our school communities through our Moving Forward Together initiative, our district is ready to help accelerate learning and make this one of our best school years ever. 

We were extremely inspired by the energy that we felt today from students, parents, and staff in our school buildings, where safety will continue to be our top priority. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the first day—we’re looking forward to day two tomorrow!


The walk to school on the first day is always a thrill!


Students at Jensen Elementary enjoyed reuniting with their friends!


An awesome day at school starts with a trip to your locker!


Our students at Thorp Elementary loved reuniting with their friends and their teachers!

You know it’s going to be a good day when there are crayons involved! 


Teachers at Irving Elementary are always willing to lend a helping hand!


Seriously, CPS teachers are the best teachers in the world.


Our classrooms were full of joy and energy today.


They were the perfect spaces to welcome our students back to school.


Hand sanitizer and other safety protocols were an important part of the day!


Our students had a great day of learning. We’re ready for day two!


See you tomorrow at Lawndale Community Academy and schools across Chicago!