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First Day of 2020-2021 School Year Announced for NYC Public Schools

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NYC public schools will begin full-time teaching and learning on September 21

City officials announced on Thursday that NYC school in-person classes will be delayed once again. Even though some students will begin in-person classes on September 21st, in-person learning will be phased-in within a two week period, starting with the youngest.

First Day of School for 2020-2021 School Year

September 16, 17, 18 | Instructional orientation

Students will:

  • Reconnect to their school community
  • Learn the health and safety procedures
  • Check technical connectivity
  • Have wellness checks with their teachers and guidance staff

September 21

  • Students in Grades 3K and Pre-K: in-Person Learning begins on Monday, September 21
  • All grades in District 75 schools: In-Person Learning begins on Monday, September 21

September 29

  • All Elementary Schools (K-5 and K-8) including students in Grades 6-8 in K-8 schools: In-Person Learning begins on Tuesday, September 29
  • K-2 and K-3 Schools: In-Person Learning begins on Tuesday, September 29
  • K-12 Schools:
    • Grades K-8: In-Person Learning begins on Tuesday, September 29

October 1

  • Middle Schools (Grades 6-8): In-Person Learning begins on Thursday, October 1
  • High Schools (Grades 9-12): In-Person Learning begins on Thursday, October 1
  • Secondary Schools (Grades 6-12): In-Person Learning begins on Thursday, October 1
  • Transfer Schools, Adult Education, Evening Schools: In-Person Learning begins on Thursday, October 1
  • K-12 Schools:
    • Grades 9-12: In-Person Learning begins on Thursday, October 1

Here is the rest of the NYC 2020-2021 public school calendar…

September 28

Yom Kippur, schools close

October 12

Columbus Day, schools closed

November 3

Election Day, fully remote instructional day for all students. Check out How to Get Your Child Engaged This Election Season

November 4

Evening parent teacher conferences for elementary schools and K–8 schools.

November 5

Afternoon parent teacher conferences for elementary schools and K–8 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.

November 11

Veterans Day, schools closed.

November 12

Evening parent teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools.

November 13

Afternoon parent teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.

November 18

Evening parent teacher conferences for middle schools and District 75 school programs.

November 19

Afternoon Conferences for middle schools and District 75 school programs; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.

November 26–27

Thanksgiving Recess, schools closed

December 24–January 1

Winter Recess, schools closed

January 18

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, schools closed

February 1

Professional Development Day for 9–12 and 6–12 schools in Districts 1–32 only; students in these schools do not attend.

Students in K­–5, K–6, 6–8, and K–12 and D75 schools and programs are in attendance.

February 12

Lunar New Year, schools closed

February 15–19

Midwinter Recess (includes Presidents’ Day and Lincoln’s Birthday), schools closed

March 3

Evening parent teacher conferences for elementary schools and K–8 Schools.

March 4

Afternoon parent teacher conferences for elementary schools and K–8 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.

March 10

Evening parent teacher conferences for middle schools and district 75 schools and programs.

March 11

Afternoon parent teacher conferences for middle schools and district 75 schools and programs; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.

March 18

Evening parent teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools.

March 19

Afternoon parent teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.

March 29–April 2

Spring Recess, schools closed

May 13

Eid Al-Fitr, schools closed

May 31

Memorial Day, schools closed

June 3

Anniversary Day. Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development. Students not in attendance.

June 8

Clerical Day for K­–5, K–6, 6–8, and K–12 and D75 schools and programs only; students in these schools do not attend.

Students in 9–12 and 6–12 schools in Districts 1–32 are in attendance.

June 25

Last day of school for all students.

For more info, visit schools.nyc.gov