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CPS Back to School Bash

July 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It’s time to go back to school. As you and your family get ready for the 2019–2020 school year at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), here’s all the important information you need to know. Learn what you need to enroll your child in school, find out what resources CPS offers to students and families, read through our FAQs, and celebrate with us at a CPS Back-to-School Bash.


  • CPS serves free breakfast and lunch to every student all year long.
  • 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.

For any additional questions, email the Back-to-School team at b2s@cps.edu.

Quick Links

  • CPS School Locator: Search for your child’s school and find out school-specific information, including your school’s address, hours, and contact information.
  • Parent Portal: The new Aspen Parent Portal is a unique web-based tool that allows you to securely view your child’s grades and attendance online.
  • Student Code of Conduct (SCC): The SCC helps create a safe environment for all students and school personnel by defining expected behaviors for students and a transparent process for administrators to redirect inappropriate behavior. [English | Spanish | Polish]
  • Attendance and Truancy: Explore our attendance and truancy resources if you are looking for ways to support your child and their daily attendance.

Health and Wellbeing Resources

  • Health Insurance and SNAP Enrollment Assistance: For help applying for health insurance or the SNAP (Food Stamps) program, please connect with us in one of the following ways:
    • Call our Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437).
    • Fill out our Healthy CPS Encounter Form and we will call you.
    • You can also find a complete list of our school-based enrollment sites [English | Spanish], or for a map of Children and Family Benefits Unit sites visit cps.edu/cfbu.
  • Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS): Whatever your temporary situation is, every school is required to offer STLS services and resources that can help you get to school and stay in school. To receive these services, ask to see the STLS liaison at your school and explain that you are in a temporary living situation. For more information, click here.

Academic and Career Resources

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs: CTE is a collection of high school programs that prepare students for life-long success. Students receive a college-prep education as well as technical skills that allow them to graduate from high school with more than a high school diploma. For more information, please visit the CTE website. [Guide | Postcard]
  • Early College Opportunities*
    • Dual Enrollment (DE): This traditional dual enrollment program allows high school juniors and seniors to take a college course at one of the City Colleges of Chicago for FREE! Students can enroll in one course during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students frequently enroll in English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Literature. Students may also want to consider enrolling in career pathway courses, including Automotive, Business, Early Childhood Development, Logistics, Information Technology, and more.
    • Jumpstart to Jobs: This is a dual enrollment program for rising seniors in Chicago to earn 15+ college credits, a basic certificate in a career pathway, and opportunities for paid work experience in that field. Jumpstart to Jobs is a FREE program and includes CTA transportation, books, and tuition, but requires a one-year commitment to complete the certificate.

*For more information on Early College opportunities, please contact Melina Angeles with the Office of Early College and Career Education at mangeles1@cps.edu.


July 30, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Hibbard Elementary School
3244 W. Ainslie Street
Chicago, IL 60625 United States
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