Many CPS students head back to school today

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard rings a ceremonial bell marking the first day of classes today at William Rainey Harper High School at 6520 S. Wood St., in Chicago. Harper is one of the 247 schools on the E-Track early start calendar. (José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune / August 8, 2011)

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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