Monday is the first day of school for thousands of Chicago charter school students.
Learn and Uno Charter School leaders are working with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to extend the school year and the school day. Monday’s bell-ringing is the earliest start ever.
CPS Chief Jean-Claude Brizard rang the bell Monday morning at the SPC Daniel Zizumbo Uno Charter Schools on the Southwest Side.
At the charter schools starting Monday, the school day starts earlier than other schools, features a longer school day and has a longer school year.
Some of the students will be going to school until June 15 of next year, and the school day at Learn's Romano Butler Campus starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m.
“Hundreds of school days, years of school actually, are added over the lifetime of a charter school,” Brizard said.
Brizard said the students weren’t the only ones ready for school to start.
“I love the first day of school; it’s exciting for me too,” Brizard said.
Track E schools will start their years on Aug. 8, and the remainder of CPS schools will begin Sept. 6.
Brizard has been participating in and organizing phone banks to call parents to remind them.