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EDITOR’S NOTE (March 18, 2020): 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.

EDITOR’S NOTE (March 16, 2020): Due to the unprecedented challenges we’re facing due to the spread of COVID-19 across the City and around the world, the NYC Department of Education will switch to a Remote Learning Model beginning Monday March 23, 2020.

NYC public school students will NOT report to school buildings for instruction beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020.

For more information, please visit the DOE’s main Coronavirus Updates page.


Can you believe it’s already March?

Spongebob getting thrown onto the surface of a wall calendar that reads,

Before long, we’ll all experience the wonderful and exciting things March is known for, including women’s history, the start of Daylight Savings Time, seers obsessed with the 15th, shamrock sightings, the earliest first day of spring in our lifetime, and a sudden appreciation of college basketball among co-workers and friends.

With so much to look forward to, let’s take a moment to check out what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official 2019–2020 NYC Public Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — March 2020

All Month Long
Women's History Month

Schools across the City are celebrating women's history throughout March—check with your schools to learn more.

Monday, March 2–Friday, March 6
Civics Week

Check with your schools for more information.

Wednesday, March 4
SAT School Day

For students in grades 10 and 11.

Parent Teacher Conferences—Grades K–5 and K–8

4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
Sunday, March 8
Daylight Savings Time Begins

Don't forget to move your clocks forward by one hour!

Monday, March 16–Monday, April 20
NYC Schools Closed to Students

Due to the unprecedented circumstances pertaining to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), students are not to receive instruction in their school buildings.

Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
Monday, March 23
Remote Learning Begins

Please stay tuned to The Morning Bell for more information in the coming days.

Wednesday, March 25–Thursday, March 26
New York State English Language Arts Examinations

For all NYC students in grades 3–8. Check with your school for more information regarding test times.

(Due to our switch to Remote Learning, this testing date may change)

Sunday, March 29
Last Day to Submit Pre-K for All Applications

Applications can be submitted online at MySchools, over the phone, or at your local Family Welcome Center.

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Coronavirus-Related Schedule Updates

As the situation surrounding the presence of novel coronavirus in New York City evolves, please be advised that we are working in close partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to communicate any possible impact to school schedules in the days and weeks ahead.

For the DOE’s latest Coronavirus-related updates on The Morning Bell, check out our “Emergency Announcements” page and subscribe below, and for the most up-to-date information, check out the DOE’s official Twitter feed.

3-K for All Admissions

Families with children born in 2017 can participate in the 2020 3-K Admissions process until April 24, 2020. For more information, check out The Morning Bell’s “Time to Apply for 3-K and Pre-K” post and find open houses and other 3-K information on our 3-K Admissions webpage.

Middle School Admissions

Families who participated in this year’s Middle School Admissions process and submitted their applications by the deadline on December 6, 2019, will receive their middle school offers in March.

High School Admissions

Families who participated in this year’s NYC High School Admissions process and submitted their applications by the deadline on December 6, 2019, will receive their high school offers in March.

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

Spongebob giving a thumbs up

Photo Credit (Banner): “park, school” by Steve McFarland. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Flickr.

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