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Beginning Monday, February 21, all NYC public schools will be closed for Midwinter Recess.

Schools will then remain closed through Friday, February 25, 2022. In addition, DOE offices, including Family Welcome Centers, will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Many DOE offices will also be closed on Friday, February 25 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday—please check with those offices for further information.

City public schools will reopen on Monday, February 28, 2022.

Graphical banner that reads, "Midwinter Recess Schools Closed" and then "Monday–Friday, February 21–25, 2022"

Some reminders for Midwinter Recess

  • Check out the Student Opportunities that are available for NYC students in grades K–12 this month—use this recess to apply for some of those opportunities, including jobs, internships, contests, and more!
  • Keep NYC schools safe by testing your child for COVID-19 before they return to school on February 28, 2022! While we do not require proof of a negative test result in order for your child to return on 2/28, we strongly recommend you test your child using the take-home test kits we sent home with your child before Midwinter Recess or at a COVID-19 testing site near you.


For more dates from the DOE’s 2021–22 NYC Public School Calendar, check out our official calendar page on our website. Also, don’t forget to follow us (@NYCSchools) on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to The Morning Bell below for the latest calendar updates!

On behalf of the DOE, we wish all of you a wonderful Midwinter Recess!

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