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

Beginning Wednesday, March 3, City public schools across the five boroughs will host this year’s second round of virtual 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 2020–2021 school year.

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Parent teacher conferences provide families with the opportunity to learn about their children’s progress in school. including details about their class assignments and overall participation during lessons. (Photo by by RODNAE Productions. Used under Creative Commons license. Original photo can be found on Pexels)

March 2021’s Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

The City’s standard parent teacher conference dates are listed below. Details, including dates and times, can vary depending on school and grade level—we recommend speaking with your child’s teachers or your school’s front office to confirm your school’s official conference dates and times!

Teachers will work with you to schedule conferences during times that are mutually convenient for both of you to attend. If a teacher is unable to schedule a phone or virtual conference with you during your school’s standard conference dates, that teacher will work with you to schedule another time to connect.

Please note that students will be dismissed three hours early on days when their schools are conducting afternoon conferences—again, please confirm your school’s conference schedule this month with your school’s teachers or front office. 

Also, please be advised that all conferences will be held by phone or through videoconferencing applications unless you specifically request an in-person conference. Speak with your child’s teachers to learn more about possible in-person conference options.

Elementary Schools (Grades K–5, as well as K–8 schools)

    • Wednesday, March 3 — Evening conferences
    • Thursday, March 4 — Afternoon conferences

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

    • Wednesday, March 10 — Evening conferences
    • Thursday, March 11 — Afternoon conferences

High Schools (Grades 9–12, as well as K–12 and 6–12 Schools)

    • Thursday, March 18 — Evening conferences
    • Friday, March 19 — Afternoon conferences
Teacher pointing to a whiteboard behind him while remote teaching on a laptop

Great conferences between teachers, parents and students can lead to improved student outcomes both inside and outside the classroom. Ask your child’s teachers for any advice that they may have to support your child’s learning at home. (Photo by Vanessa Garcia. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels)

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 determine if there is anything they would want you to discuss with their teacher(s). Also, ask your child if they feel supported in school. If your child is an older student, you may want to see if they are interested in attending the virtual 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.

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 principal or parent coordinator for more information, or call the DOE at (718) 935-2013. You may also email us at Hello@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.


 

We hope this round of conferences helps students close out the 2020–2021 school year on a positive note. For more info and tips, 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!


 

Banner Photo by Katerina Holmes. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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