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Many CPS students head back to school today

Many Chicago Public Schools students are heading back to school.

Classes start Monday for so-called E-Track students, or those who are on a year round schedule. They have same number of days of school as students on a regular schedule, but their vacations days are spread out through the year.

At 8 a.m., CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will ring a ceremonial bell to start the new school year at  Harper High School, 6520 S. Wood St., one of the 247 E-Track schools.

Several community organizations have been organizing back-to-school supply drives and events. The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.'s plans to greet students Monday morning at two schools, Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. at 7 a.m., and Yale Elementary School, 7025 S. Princeton Ave., at 8:30 a.m.

Students on a regular track at Chicago schools start classes next month.

More than 400,000 students are enrolled in Chicago Public Schools.

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