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March is here (again), and with this new month comes warmer weather, longer days, great celebrations of women’s history, and social media timelines filled with college basketball highlights.

For New York City public schools, March brings with it parent teacher conferences, SAT School Day, Civics Week, Spring Recess, and even a brand new Chancellor.

So without further ado, here’s a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official 2020–2021 NYC Public Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — March 2021

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.

Wednesday, March 3

SAT School Day

Students in grade 11 will take the SAT free of charge. Please check with your teachers to confirm your school's SAT School Day.

Wednesday, March 3

Parent Teacher Conferences—Elementary Schools

For students in K–5 and K–8 schools.

Thursday, March 4
Last Day to Apply to Run for NYC's Education Councils
Thursday, March 4

Parent Teacher Conferences—Elementary Schools

For students in K–5 and K–8 schools.

Mon., March 8—Fri., March 12

Civics Week

Throughout this week, schools across the City will provide activities and events for students that celebrate youth voice, civic empowerment, and the importance of voting. Speak with your teachers to learn more.

Sunday, March 14
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Wednesday, March 10

Parent Teacher Conferences—Middle Schools and all District 75 Programs

For students in grades 6–8 and all students in District 75 schools.

Thursday, March 11

Parent Teacher Conferences—Middle Schools and all District 75 Programs

For students in grades 6–8 and all students in District 75 schools.

Thursday, March 18

Parent Teacher Conferences — High Schools

For students in grades 9–12, and students in K–12 and 6–12 schools.

Friday, March 19

Parent Teacher Conferences — High Schools

For students in grades 9–12, and students in K–12 and 6–12 schools.

Wednesday, March 24

SAT School Day

Students in grade 11 will take the SAT free of charge. Please check with your teachers to confirm your school's SAT School Day.

Mon., March 29–Fri., April 2

Spring Recess

Schools Closed

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Women’s History Month

Throughout March, the NYC Department of Education will highlight books, events, movies, and other resources in support of Women’s History Month. Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month all month long on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and right here on The Morning Bell!

3-K and Pre-K Admissions

Families with children born in 2017 and 2018 can apply for 2021 Pre-K and 3-K Admissions all month long. For more information, check out The Morning Bell’s “Applications for 3-K and Pre-K Admissions Now Open” post.

Applying to Run for NYC’s Education Councils

Parents/guardians of current New York City public school students have until Thursday, March 4 to apply to run for seats on any of the City’s 36 Community and Citywide Education Councils (CCECs) during the 2021 CCEC Elections later this year.

To learn more about CCECs and the 2021 CCEC Election process, check out our previous coverage.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Throughout March, NYC public schools across the five boroughs will host this year’s second round of virtual Parent Teacher Conferences. Learn more about this month’s conferences, including dates and tips, right here on The Morning Bell.

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


Banner photo by Polina Kovaleva. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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