CPS Announces Improved Attendance on First Day of School

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Chicago Public Schools announced that 94.7 percent of CPS students attended school on the first day of class – an increase from last year’s rate of 93.9 percent and just .1 percent off the district’s record. One school – Sauganash Elementary – had perfect attendance on the first day. This year, CPS held 13 Back-to-School Bashes for students, educators and families to come together to celebrate and prepare for the first day of school. Back-to-School Bashes took place around the city and featured food, music, games, and important information for students starting school in the fall. CPS worked in coordination with local radio personalities and community-based organizations to plan a fun and productive event with food and fun, but also important back-to-school resources like medical vans with vaccinations for students and information on Medicaid for parents. Leading up to the start of the school year, CPS leveraged social media to celebrate student achievement and help generate excitement for the new school year. CPS earned nearly half a million social media impressions on the first day of school and nearly 2 million impressions the week prior to the first day of school.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Back-to-School Outreach highlights:

  • 14,500 students, families and community members attended CPS back-to-school bashes;
  • CPS staff attended 83 community festivals across the city;
  • CPS staff and volunteers made thousands of phone bank calls;
  • CPS distributed school supply bags to 20 shelters for students in temporary living situations.
  • For more information, check out the 2017 CPS Academic Progress Report at www.cps.edu/reportcard.

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