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Nearly 95 Percent Of Students Attended 1st Day Of School, CPS Says

By Heather Cherone | September 12, 2017 3:39pm
 Sauganash Elementary School recorded perfect attendance Sept. 5, CPS officials said.
Sauganash Elementary School recorded perfect attendance Sept. 5, CPS officials said.
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CHICAGO — Nearly 95 percent of students were in class on the first day of school on Sept. 5, Chicago Public Schools officials said Tuesday.

With an official attendance rate of 94.7 percent, CPS fell one-tenth of a percentage point short of its all-time record for attendance on the first day of school, officials said.

Last year, 93.9 percent of students were in class on the first day of school, officials said.

"CPS schools are already off to an encouraging start, and we have no doubt that our students are ready to build on their tremendous achievements," said Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson.

Sauganash Elementary School was the only school to record perfect attendance, CPS officials said.

The number of students who attend school on the 20th day of school — Oct. 2 — will determine each school's final budget.

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