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Ready for our first full month of spring?

"There's nothing like New York in the Spring" says an unfortunate soul.

April is here, and as we look ahead to the days and weeks ahead, we can certainly expect fools, rain, and cherry blossoms to make their presence known. In addition, many New York City families will observe a number of religious and cultural traditions this month, including Ramadan (April 1–30), Passover (April 15–23), and Easter Weekend (April 15–17). Then there’s also Earth Day (April 22) near the end of the month. And let’s not forget Tax Day (April 18) right smack dab in the middle of it all!

For City schools, the biggest event on this month’s calendar is Spring Recess; other important items include the last day to submit 3-K applications, and New York State’s administration of the mathematics examination for students in grades 3–8.

So let’s dive in, and take a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official 2021–22 NYC Public Schools Calendar.


NYC Schools Calendar — April 2022

Thursday, April 14

Last Day to Apply for 2022 3-K Admissions

Open to City families with children born in 2019.

Friday, April 15

Last Day to Complete the 2022 NYC School Survey

Open to NYC public school families, teachers, and select staff members, as well as NYC public school students in grades 6–12.

Fri., April 15–Fri., April 22

Spring Recess—Schools Closed

All NYC public schools are closed.

Friday, April 22

Last Day to Apply for the 2022 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 can get paid work experience this summer.

Tues., April 26–Thurs., April 28

NY State Mathematics Assessment for Students in Grades 3–8

For students in grades 3–8 who have opted to take New York State's annual Mathematics examinations this year.

Please check in with your child's school to learn your child's exact examination date.

Thursday, April 28

5:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Family Workshop: Navigating High School

Join this virtual workshop to learn how you can help your student work navigate high school and best prepare themselves for life after graduation. Recommended for families of high school students in grades 9–11.

This workshop will take place virtually on Zoom, and registration is recommended. See "Notes" section below for registration details.

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Registration for Summer Rising Opens in April

This summer, the DOE will partner with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to offer our second annual Summer Rising program to students in grades K–8. Summer Rising combines academic support and school-based enrichment programming to provide students with daily opportunities to play, create, explore, and develop new interests throughout July and August 2022.

Stay tuned to The Morning Bell to find out when families can begin applying for Summer Rising later this month!

3-K Admissions

Families with children born in 2019 have until Thursday, April 14 to complete and submit their 2022 3-K applications. To learn more about 3-K admissions, visit our official 3-K webpage.

Complete the 2022 NYC School Survey

From now until Friday, April 15, City families, teachers, and select support staff members in schools serving grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6–12, can complete the NYC School Survey. By completing this survey, you can help our schools better understand what you and your fellow community members think about your school’s learning environments, curricula, support services, COVID-19 protocols, and more.

Get a Paid Job This Summer Through SYEP

Discover new career possibilities this summer by signing up for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), the nation’s largest youth employment program. City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 can get paid work experiences this summer in structured project and work-based opportunities that help prepare them for future careers in a variety of industries across the five boroughs.

To learn more about SYEP, visit the Department of Youth and Community Development’s dedicated SYEP webpage. Note that students who are 14–17 years old must get an employment certificate, otherwise known as “working papers,” from their school. Visit our “Working Papers” page to learn more.

Submit your application by April 22, 2022.

Virtual Family Workshop in April

This month, the DOE is hosting a virtual workshop for high school families—join the “Navigating High School” workshop on Zoom on Thursday, April 28 to learn how parents and guardians can help their students make the most out of the resources they have available in school as they work towards graduation and life after high school. Recommended for families of students in grades 9–11.

Registration is recommended for this virtual event.

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And’s that’s it for this month! For the latest happenings in City public schools, subscribe to us here at The Morning Bell and follow us on our social channels on Twitter and Facebook.

On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we wish all City families a great April!


Banner photo by Maarten van den Heuvel. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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