Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, all public school buildings closed on Thursday, November 19. The Learning Bridges Program remains open.

Public school buildings will reopen in phases for in-person learning. The return dates below apply to students in blended learning, including those who selected blended learning during the recent opt-in period:

  • 3-K, Pre-K, and Elementary Schools reopened on Monday, December 7th. Schools in orange COVID-19 zones will reopen on Wednesday, December 9th
  • District 75 Schools (all grades), including schools in orange COVID-19 zones, reopened on Thursday, December 10th
  • Middle Schools will reopen on Thursday, February 25
  • High School students will continue to learn remotely until further notice

In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing. Mandatory in-school testing will happen weekly for a random selection of staff and students in all reopened school buildings. Exemptions will be granted only in certain limited cases.

Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Schools page for more information.

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 began on Wednesday, September 16th. All students were scheduled for remote instructional orientation from Wednesday, September 16th through Friday, September 18th. 

On September 21st, all schools began full-day teaching and learning for all students. 

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 onlystudents 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.

If there is severe weather or an emergency, public schools may:

  • Close school buildings
  • Open buildings late or dismiss students early
  • Cancel field trips or after school activities
  • Move to all-remote learning

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 remote 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.