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Back to School events and resources

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! The beginning of this school year is like no other. We all have a lot to learn, and below is some helpful information to get you started.

We can't wait to see you for the first day of school on August 30. Most students will return to learning in person, with a very limited number of students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Program

There's a lot you need to know to get ready for the first day. Below you'll find event information, a back-to-school checklist, information about laptops and hotspots, and where to find meals. Check back often because we'll continue to update this page. 

For more information or questions, please email or call 410-545-1870.

Online Back-to-School Packets

Handouts and Forms

Events and Engagement Opportunities

Back to School Family Festivals
Friday, September 24 and Thursday, September 30

family festival Back to School Festival Spanish
Baltimore City Public Schools invites all students, families, and community members to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year by joining us at our Back to School Family Festivals.

There will be two festivals, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • September 24 - Patterson Park, 100 S. Linwood Avenue
  • September 30 - Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swann Drive

Each festival will include:
•    Performances
•    Music by celebrity DJs
•    Free food and giveaways
•    Interactive exhibits
•    Resources and vendors
•    On-site registration
•    Free learning kits

For more information or questions, please email or call 410-545-1870.

"City Schools On The Go" pop-up community events
Meet us when we come to your neighborhood with resources

Come out and meet our "City Schools On The Go" mobile resource center this summer for resources, giveaways, and updates about the 2021-2022 school year. Bring your needs and questions, and we'll address them at the following events:

  • Tuesday, July 27 (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) - Mondawmin Mall, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215
  • Tuesday, July 27 (5 to 6 p.m.) - Cold Spring and Park Heights (address to come)
  • Tuesday, August 3 - (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) - Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary, 1327 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Tuesday, August 3 - (5 to 6 p.m.) - Mount Clare Junction, 1223 W Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
  • Tuesday, August 10 - (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) - SALA Gardenville Elementary, 5300 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
  • Tuesday, August 10 - (5 to 6 p.m.) - Food Depot, 2401 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21213
  • Tuesday, August 17 - (5 to 6 p.m.) - Northeast Market, 2101 E Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21205
  • Tuesday, August 24 - (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) - The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School, 801 Bridgeview Road, Baltimore, MD 21225
  • Tuesday, August 24 - (5 to 6 p.m.) - Sharp Leadenhall Elementary, 150 W. West St., Baltimore, MD 21230

Come to any or all of these events and learn more about the return to in-person learning, the academic primo0roties for your students, how to access important resources, and how to receive help with student attendance.

For more information or questions, please email or call 410-545-1870.

Attendance Hotline
Call us to help students with attendance challenges

City Schools has established an Attendance Hotline to provide information and support to families around anything related to attendance. The hotline allows families to have a one-on-one conversation with a staff member who can answer their questions or concerns.

Call the hotline at 443-884-4400, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Back to School Checklist

Get ready for the new school year by making sure you finish the list of tasks below. Be present on the first day of school and maintain good attendance throughout the school year. Good attendance means better grades and more achievement.


Visit our attendance webpage to get informed about the rules for attending class in a virtual environment.


Check your schedule. Most schools start on August 30, but a few start on different dates. Visit the calendar page and scroll to the bottom to see if your school has an alternative date listed for the first day of school.

Pro tip: The calendar at the top of this page also lists districtwide events and important dates throughout the school year - like the end of each quarter and scheduled days off. Click on the "Subscribe to..." link underneath the calendar to merge the school schedule with your own calendar, so you'll never miss an event or update. 

Shots and Vaccinations

Get vaccination records from your doctor. All students are required to have certain immunizations (also known as vaccinations or shots) to attend school. Visit the immunization page to download the Immunization Record Form and to find out more information about requirements. 

The Baltimore City Health Department is also sharing a weekly schedule of COVID-19 clinics across the city. Visit its webpage for the weekly listing. 

Bell Times

We made adjustments to the bell schedules at some schools. Find your bell times

Check the bell schedule and be there when it rings. Bell schedules are displayed at the top of each individual school profile page.

Some schools have different bell schedules depending on the grade of the student, so be sure to double-check the time of your opening and closing bell.


Updates coming soon.

Parent Portal

Be sure you're receiving phone calls, text, and emails from your school by setting up a Parent Portal account.

Password Reset

For Google Classroom, students will need to login. You will need your student ID number and a password. If you need to reset your password, please contact your teacher.


Fall interscholastic athletic programming will begin on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, for participating high schools. Electronic registration for students will open on August 2, 2021.

Pre-participation sports physical examinations will be held on August 4, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Johnston Professional Building, Fourth Floor, 201 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218. To make an appointment online, go here

Field Trips

Updates coming soon.

School Supply Lists

City Schools do not have general supply lists, as schools may have unique requirements. Schools will inform students of any necessary supplies at the start of the school year.

Health & Safety Protocol for Fall 2021

Baltimore City Public Schools is excited about fully reopening to all students in all grades, every day starting in August for the coming school year. Most students will return to their classrooms, with a limited number of students eligible to participate in our virtual learning program.

Recent updates to the COVID-19 guidelines for schools from the CDC, combined with state and local expertise have helped us to refine our health and safety protocols. 

2021 Health and Safety Standards: English | Spanish

Key protocols to help keep our schools safe places to work and learn this fall include:

  • Vaccination access: City Schools has partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department to provide vaccination clinics at schools. A schedule is available here. Please check regularly as new dates and locations are added to the schedule frequently. 
  • Face coverings: Face coverings will continue to be required indoors for everyone.
  • Physical distancing: Distance will be maximized to the extent possible while allowing all students to return for in-person learning. Various classroom layouts, including layouts with students facing each other, can be used to support an engaging classroom experience. Schools may resume in-person meetings with families with participants socially distanced.  Face coverings, ventilation and our other preventive measures work together with physical distancing to provide additional protection. 
  • Screening testing: Regular COVID testing will continue this fall to help identify potentially infected people so that steps can be taken to prevent further transmission. Additionally, on-site COVID testing will be available for students who have symptoms of a COVID-like illness. NOTE: You must complete the Parent/Guardian Consent Form and COVID-19 Awareness Agreement and return it to participate - English | Spanish
  • Ventilation: higher efficiency mechanical filters and HEPA air purifiers will continue to be used to help mitigate infectious aerosol transmission. 
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette: Routines and education to support handwashing and respiratory etiquette will continue to be implemented. 
  • Symptom monitoring: everyone entering a City Schools building will be reminded to monitor their symptoms and to not enter if they are experiencing symptoms 
  • Quarantining and isolation: individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 will continue to be isolated and their non-vaccinated close contacts will continue to be quarantined
  • Cleaning and disinfecting: cleaning and disinfecting procedures using products designed to combat COVID-19 will continue to be used daily. Cleaning and disinfecting will be done by each building’s team instead of a centrally deployed team.