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Chicago Public Schools: First Day For Track E, Year-Round Students (VIDEO)

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 In this photograph released by Kmart on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, Phoenix Anderson, 6, of Chicago shops for school uniforms with her mother Dana at Kmart on Addison Avenue in Chicago. Kmart has expanded online and in-store uniform offerings in response to the growing number of public schools that will require students to wear uniforms for the upcoming school year. (John Konstantaras /AP Images for Kmart)
In this photograph released by Kmart on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, Phoenix Anderson, 6, of Chicago shops for school uniforms with her mother Dana at Kmart on Addison Avenue in Chicago. Kmart has expanded online and in-store uniform offerings in response to the growing number of public schools that will require students to wear uniforms for the upcoming school year. (John Konstantaras /AP Images for Kmart)

For almost one third of Chicago Public Schools students, summer vacation ended Monday morning, when classes resumed at schools with year-round academic schedules.

CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard rang in the school year with a ceremony at Lindblom High School in West Englewood, one of 243 "Track E" schools in the district, WGN reports.

More than 650 volunteers called families over the weekend to remind them that classes resume this week, according to Fox Chicago.

For students, this year will feature more class time, with a new 7-hour school day in effect after a nasty tug of war between teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this year.

The longer school day may have been resolved, but the threat of a teacher strike still looms over CPS following a vote to strike over stalled contract negotiations in June.

"Parents are kind of just trying to figure out what's going on," Spencer Technology Academy Principal Shawn Jackson told ABC Chicago. "It's more so from the students. A lot of students are on the playground asking if they are going to start school."

Chicago public schools not on Track E begin classes Sept. 4, according to the CPS website.

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