Happy New Year, and welcome back!

GIF of exploding fireworks and the message, "Happy New Year."

Now that we’re in a new year (along with a brand new decade), it’s time for all of us to get used to writing “2020” and take a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of the official 2019–2020 NYC Public Schools Calendar:

NYC Schools Calendar — January 2020

Thursday, January 2
Winter Recess Ends — Schools reopen
Friday, January 10
College Awareness Day
Be a part of the DOE's celebration of college attendance!
Monday, January 20
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — Schools closed
Tuesday, January 21
Last Day to Apply for 2020–2021 Kindergarten Admissions*
Tues., Jan. 21—Fri., Jan. 24
New York State Regents Exams*

Please refer to the State's official Regents exam schedule for more details.

Monday, January 27
Clerical Day—No Classes for Some NYC Students
No classes for high school students and students enrolled in Grade 6–12 schools, except those enrolled in District 75 programs.
Tuesday, January 28
Spring Term Begins
For students in semester-model schools (i.e., high schools)

*Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Kindergarten Admissions

All families with children born in 2015 who currently reside in New York City can apply now to kindergarten for the 2020–2021 school year. This year’s deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, January 21.

Families can explore their options and apply for kindergarten on MySchools or in person at a Family Welcome Center. To learn more, check out The Morning Bell’s “Ready for Kindergarten” post.

New York State Regents Exams

Need to take a State Regents exam this January? High school students should speak with their assigned school counselors to learn whether they should take any of New York State’s scheduled Regents exams in January 2020.


That’s all for this month. We hope you all have a great January!

Snow falling and sticking to a branch on a small tree

Photo Credit (Banner): “New York City, Brooklyn Snow Storm January 23, 2016” by Adrian Cabrero. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found via Flickr.

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