The past year has been a tumultuous one for Chicago Public Schools with the teachers strike, budget cuts, layoffs and the contentious battle over school closing. As students are preparing for the first day all eyes are on the plan to keep them safe.
The new school year brings dramatic changes for CPS.
47 schools closed mostly on the south and west sides more than 12,000 students displaced.
To help ease the transition for the displaced students, CPS designated Safe Passage routes that will be monitored by hundreds of workers who completed background checks and two days of training.
The workers will report to their assigned schools in bright colored vests bright and early Monday morning.
And despite reports of recent shootings along safe passage routes, the hope is these workers will help deter crime during school hours as some kids navigate gang territories to get to their new schools.
The buzz for the first day of school built throughout Sunday around Chicago.
A White House official joined the Black Star Project at Drake Elementary encouraging fathers to take their children to school.
Free haircuts, hair styles and school supplies were provided at several Chicago locations to help kids look their best as they get back to work.
The entire district is back on one schedule and is back tomorrow except for charter schools.