Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

All public schools closed on Monday, March 16th and remained closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The last day of remote learning was Friday, June 26th.

For more detailed information, including the DOE Return to School 2020 plan, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and City Life page.

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.

School sessions for the 2019-2020 school year begin for all students on Thursday, September 5, 2019. The last day for all students is Friday, June 26, 2020.

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


Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1
Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, October 9
Yom Kippur
Monday, October 14
Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 5
Election Day
Monday, November 11
Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1
Winter Recess (students return to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020)


Monday, January 20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 27
High School students will not be in attendance. In addition, students in Middle Schools that have grades 6 through 12 will not be in attendance. Students in middle schools that have grades 6 through 8 will be in attendance.
All students in District 75 programs will be in attendance. All other public schools are open and operating on a regular schedule.
Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21
Midwinter Recess
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day

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.

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