Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

The Department of Education (DOE) is preparing to reopen public schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Schools page for information about DOE's plans for Return to School 2020.

The NYC Public School Calendar lists key dates for parents and students during the school year, including:

  • Holiday closures
  • Parent teacher conferences
  • Half-days and early dismissals
  • Enrollment deadlines
  • Public meetings

Get the NYC Public School Calendar.

The 2020-2021 school year begins on Wednesday, September 16th. All students are scheduled for remote instructional orientation from Wednesday, September 16th through Friday, September 18th. 

On September 21st, all schools will begin full-day teaching and learning. School buildings will reopen in phases for students in blended learning, based on grade level:

  • September 21: 3-K, Pre-K, and District 75
  • September 29: K-5 and K-8 Schools
  • October 1: Middle Schools, High Schools, Secondary Schools, and Transfer/Adult Education Schools

Remote learning will continue for all other students during this phased reopening. You should contact your child's school for specific reopening plans.

The last day for all students is Friday, June 25, 2021.

New York City public schools are closed for students on the following days:


Monday, September 28Yom Kippur
Monday, October 12Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26 - Friday, November 27Thanksgiving Recess
Thursday, December 24 - Friday, January 1Winter Recess


Monday, January 18Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 1Professional 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 schools and District 75 programs are in attendance.
Friday, February 12Lunar New Year
Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19Midwinter Recess
Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2Spring Recess
Thursday, May 13Eid al-Fitr
Monday, May 31Memorial Day
Thursday, June 3Anniversary Day
Tuesday, June 8Clerical Day for K-5, K-6, 6-8, and K-12 schools and District 75 programs only; students in these schools do not attend.


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

Public schools may close, open late, dismiss students early, or cancel field trips and after school activities for severe weather or emergencies.

If there are going to be closures or changes to the schedule, the Department of Education will make an announcement as early as possible before 5 AM on the affected day.

You can check school status on:

Yellow school bus service may also be delayed or suspended because of severe weather or road conditions. If schools are open, yellow school buses should be operating. For more information about school buses, visit the School Transportation page.

If schools remain open during severe weather or Citywide emergencies, parents should use their discretion when deciding whether to allow their children to attend school.

Provide Feedback

To provide comments or complaints about DOE's closure policy, contact them on their website.

Contact the Department of Education.

Charter and private schools do not have to follow the public school calendar or DOE's school closure policy for severe weather or emergencies.

You should contact your child's school directly for information.

Parking is allowed in school zones when school is in recess. However, you should be aware that specific schools may be open on holidays and during summer vacations. Parking restrictions would remain in effect.

Parking restrictions remain in effect while schools are doing distance learning.

Also, when schools are open for summer sessions, teacher meetings, or similar activities, the parking regulations apply on such days, even if students aren't attending.

You should contact the specific school to verify that it's in recess.

To look up information for a public school, go to the School Finder page.