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Feeling the heat yet, NYC?

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“….must…not…move…”

As we kick off the first full month of the summer season, many of New York City’s public schools have transitioned to provide Summer Rising, the City’s free summer program for children in grades K–12. Thanks to Summer Rising, thousands of City students are getting outside, learning, and interacting with their peers in safe and supervised learning environments throughout July and August. We are excited to provide these outstanding summer programs in partnership with the City’s Department of Youth and Community Development, as participating students will be better prepared for the start of the 2021–22 school year!

Beyond the start of Summer Rising, this month’s calendar is pretty light. Nonetheless, there are two Citywide holidays (Independence Day and Eid-ul-Adha) to highlight, as well as an important enrollment deadline for incoming 3-K students.

So without further ado, here’s a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official NYC Public Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — July 2021

Friday, July 2

First Day of Summer Rising

For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in District 75 and Extended School Year programs.

Monday, July 5

Independence Day (observed)

All NYC School Buildings Closed

Tuesday, July 6

First Day of Summer Rising

For students in grades K–12 who are not in District 75 or in Extended School Year (ESY) programs.

Wednesday, July 14

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Virtual Event for Families Seeking Pre-K, 3-K, or Kindergarten Placements

Open to all families with children born in 2016, 2017, or 2018 who have yet to obtain kindergarten, pre-K, or 3-K seats, respectively, for the 2021–22 school year. Interpretation will be provided in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Event will take place on Zoom — learn more on on our Calendar page.

Tuesday, July 20

Eid-ul-Adha

Summer Rising Programs Closed

Wednesday, July 28

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Virtual Event for Families Seeking Pre-K, 3-K, or Kindergarten Placements

Open to all families with children born in 2016, 2017, or 2018 who have yet to obtain kindergarten, pre-K, or 3-K seats, respectively, for the 2021–22 school year. Interpretation will be provided in Bangla, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Event will take place on Zoom — learn more on on our Calendar page.

Friday, July 30

Last Day to Accept 3-K Offers

For families with children born in 2018 who participated in the 3-K admissions process earlier this year.

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Summer Rising Is Now in Session

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer plan for children in grades K–12. Learn more about Summer Rising, including schedules, program locations, and safety protocols, by checking out our official Summer Rising page.

Get Your 3-K Offer

Participated in this year’s 3-K admissions process? View your offer letter today in MySchools, review your waitlist options (if applicable), and accept your offer by Friday, July 30.

Free Meals All Summer Long

This summer, any New Yorker can get free “grab & go” meals across the City, including Kosher and Halal meals at select locations! Learn more about Summer Meals by checking out our official Free Summer Meals NYC page, and find a summer feeding location near you. You may also call 311 or text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877 (text messaging and/or data rates may apply).

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And that’s pretty much it for July! On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we wish everyone a wonderful month—stay cool, folks!

GIF of cat lying down inside a bathroom sink while the faucet is running.

New Yorkers often find purrfect solutions for the summer heat!


Banner photo by Chevanan Photography. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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