STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If you’re looking ahead to make plans for the upcoming school year — especially as things will look different during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — then you should check the Department of Education’s 2020-2021 public school calendar, which was released on Saturday.
The academic calendar for 2020-2021 includes some two-dozen days off between the first day of school, Monday, Sept. 21, and the last day of classes on Friday, June 25, 2021. The calendar release was delayed this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, as it’s usually released in the spring for families to begin planning.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the 2020-2021 school year will be delayed until Monday, Sept. 21 for remote and blended learners, with three days of an instructional orientation beginning remotely on Sept. 16, to allow more time for teachers and families to prepare for the unusual school year. Students were initially expected to return to school buildings for in-person blended learning on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The city will not reopen schools if the citywide infection rate exceeds 3% under a seven-day rolling average. If new coronavirus cases surpass the 3% threshold using a seven-day rolling average, all schools in New York City will need to close.
The 2020-2021 calendar gives time off for the following holidays: the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr, the Jewish holy days, including Yom Kippur; and week-long breaks for winter recess, mid-winter recess, and spring recess, which include Christmas, Passover, Good Friday and Easter.
The school calendar also allows time off for Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Memorial Day.
Dates for parent-teacher conference days for elementary, middle schools and high schools, are also posted in the calendar.
Here are key dates you need to know:
- Sept. 16-18 — Fully remote partial school days for students
- Sept. 21 — First full day of school; blended learning begins
- Sept. 28 — Schools closed for Yom Kippur
- Oct. 12 — Schools closed for Columbus Day
- Nov. 3 — School buildings closed for Election Day; fully remote instructional day for all students
- Nov. 11 — Schools closed in observance of Veterans Day
- Nov. 26-27 — Schools closed for Thanksgiving
- Dec. 24 — Winter recess begins
- Jan. 2 — Classes resume after winter recess
- Jan. 18 — Schools closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Feb. 12 — Schools closed for Lunar New Year
- Feb. 15-19 — Schools closed for mid-winter recess (which includes President’s Day)
- March 29-April 2 — Schools closed for spring recess (which includes Good Friday, Passover and Easter)
- April 5 — Classes resume after spring recess
- May 13 — Schools closed for Eid Al-Fitr
- May 31 — Schools closed for Memorial Day
- June 3 — Schools closed for Anniversary Day, students only
- June 25 — Last day of classes