For all of us who attend, deal with, or work for New York City’s public schools, the first day of school is the most important day of every school year. For students and parents, the first day of school represents the end of summer and the start of new daily routines both inside and outside of school. But for the City’s teachers, principals, administrators, aides, and other staff members who work on behalf of the NYC Department of Education, the first day of school, or “FDOS” in DOE-speak, is not so much the “start” of something as it is the conclusion of our efforts following months of preparation, training, collaboration, and planning.
Just consider some of the following data points from this year’s FDOS.
As of 9/8/16:
- 1800+ schools across five boroughs opened their doors;
- 1,047,797 total students were registered to City schools;
- Of those, 70,430 children were placed into Pre-K, the most ever in NYC;
- 140,000+ teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, and hourly staff members reported for work;
- Includes 120 Single Shepherds in Districts 7 (Bronx) and 23 (Brooklyn)
- 8000 yellow school buses were assigned to pickup/dropoff routes;
- 143,000 students utilized these buses;
- 653,400 MetroCards were distributed to qualified students;
- 5000 NYPD School Safety Agents reported for duty; and
- 1.5 million copies of Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to NYC Public Schools were printed in 10 languages and delivered to all schools.
As you can see from the numbers above, we were not kidding when we said that there are a lot of “moving parts” when it comes to FDOS!
With all of that said, whether you are an educator, a student, or a parent, we sure hope that you had a great experience during the first day of school in NYC this year. Let us know how your FDOS went right here in our comments section, and check out the slideshow below for photos of young New Yorkers who started off their school year ready to learn!