Important Dates

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 

  • School staff report to schools

Wednesday, September 16, Thursday, September 17, and Friday September 18, 2020 

  • Instructional Orientation
  • All 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

Monday, September 21, 2020 

  • All schools will begin full-day teaching and learning
  • All schools will begin full-day teaching and learning
    • Students in blended learning (combination of in-person and remote) will begin to report to buildings, depending on their in-person schedule
    • Students in 100% remote learning will all begin full-day learning

Important Links 

On March 15, 2020, the nation’s largest school district underwent a historic transformation, closing school buildings in order to protect our 1.1 million students, and all staff, families, and fellow New Yorkers from COVID-19.

Looking Ahead

As we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received survey responses from over 400,000 from families and students on your preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

We are ready for this: adapting and strengthening our practices; investing in the technology required to provide a quality online academic experience—including distributing over 300,000 iPads to students who need them; and working with teachers to develop their skills as online instructors. We will update curriculum to reflect the blended online and in-person model, and to ensure the guidelines and curriculum include appropriate social-emotional learning and mental health supports.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.