EDITOR’S NOTE (March 18, 2020): Due to the unprecedented challenges we’re facing due to the spread of COVID-19 across the City and around the world, please be advised that the Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, have been POSTPONED until further notice.  

In the meantime, we strongly recommend that families log into their New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) for information about their children’s grades, schedule, as well as alerts regarding the latest news concerning City schools and programs. Don’t have an account? Sign up today.


 

NYC families: it’s time to meet with your children’s teachers.

Beginning Wednesday, March 4, public schools across the five boroughs will host this year’s third round of Parent Teacher Conferences.

Parent teacher conferences provide families with great opportunities to talk with teachers about what their children are experiencing and learning in school. These short meetings also give parents and teachers the chance to discuss how to support student learning outside of the classroom.

This round of conferences serves as an opportunity for families to focus on any challenges or concerns that their children might be facing in school as we approach the final three months of the 2019–2020 school year.

A parent and a teacher conversing during parent-teacher conferences while children look on.

Consider bringing your child(ren) with you when meeting with teachers. (Photo Credit: Innovation_School via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license)

March 2020’s Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

Details and dates vary depending on grade level and each individual school. We recommend reaching out to your school’s administration or front office to double check your school’s official conference dates and times!

The City’s standard conference dates are listed below.

Elementary Schools (K–5 and K–8 schools)

  • Wednesday, March 4 – 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5 – 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Middle Schools (Grades 6–8 and District 75 Schools)

  • Thursday, March 12 – 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 13, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

High Schools (Grades 9–12)

  • Thursday, March 19 – 4:30 pm.–7:30 p.m. (postponed)
  • Friday, March 20 – 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. (postponed)

Tips for March’s Parent Teacher Conferences

Talk to your child in advance

Speak with your child beforehand about their classroom experiences this year. Ask them how they think they are doing in school, and ask them if there is anything they would want you to discuss with their teacher(s). Ask your child if they feel supported in school. If your child is an older student, you may want to ask if they are interested in attending the conference with you. Student-led conferences can be a productive and empowering way for students take active roles in shaping their own learning experiences.

Review your child’s test scores and attendance through the NYC Schools Account.

It’s important to be up-to-date on your child’s academic progress before you go. This will help prepare you for what you and the teacher may talk about during this second conference.

Get translation and interpretation services if you need them.

All families should have the information they need to best support their child’s learning. Interpretation services are available at parent teacher conferences if you are not comfortable communicating in English. Please reach out to your school’s parent coordinator for more information.

Teacher and student shaking hands following a successful parent teacher conference

Great conferences between teachers, parents and students can lead to improved student outcomes both inside and outside the classroom.

We hope this round of conferences helps students close out the 2019–2020 school year on a positive note. For more information, check out our Parent Teacher Conference webpage.

On behalf of the DOE, we wish our students, teachers, and families a great round of parent teacher conferences!

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