CPS 2023-24 calendar once again starts before Labor Day, shows 2-week winter break

Some parents have complained that the earlier start cuts into summer vacations.

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Students arrive Monday at Jordan Community Public School, 7414 N. Wolcott Ave., in Rogers Park on the North Side, Wednesday morning, Jan. 12, 2022. Students returned to in-person learning Wednesday after a week away while the Chicago Public Schools district and the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated stronger COVID-19 protections.

Students arrive at Jordan Community Public School in Rogers Park last year.

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Hate ’em or love ’em, those pre-Labor Day starts to Chicago’s school year aren’t going away.

The Board of Education on Wednesday approved Chicago Public Schools’ 2023-24 academic calendar, which resumes classes Aug. 21, a full two weeks before the September holiday.

This will be the third straight school year the district aligns itself with suburban schools and many colleges and universities that go back in August. CPS had long held out as one of the only districts to maintain a post-Labor Day start.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez acknowledged at the school board meeting Wednesday that creating these schedules is “not easy because you’re trying to please many people.”

“We know how important calendars are and how they drive everything for both our staff and families,” he said.

Some parents have complained that the earlier start cuts into the end of the summer and some planned vacations.

CPS officials pointed out, however, that the earlier start also means kids leave for summer break sooner and have a better chance to participate in summer camps, jobs and other opportunities that start earlier in the summer.

The 2023-24 CPS calendar maintains a pre-Labor Day start date.

The 2023-24 CPS calendar maintains a pre-Labor Day start date.

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Students will again have the whole week of Thanksgiving off this year, and the first semester of the school year will end before a two-week winter break — which begins Friday, Dec. 22 — to start high school classes fresh in the new year.

The first quarter professional development day will also shift to the day before report card pickup to make October classes less stop-and-start. And parent-teacher conference days for high school and elementary school students will be combined in the fall but separate, on consecutive days, in the spring of 2024. The district took public comment into consideration in making those adjustments, officials said.

The school year will end June 6, 2024.

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