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Time just MARCHES on (😎).

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Now that March is here, there’s certainly a whole lot to look forward this month—the start of spring (and daylight savings time), countless references to “brackets,” great stories of women’s history, and whatever “the Ides” are.

For the City’s public schools, there’s a few items that families and students need to keep in mind this month, including this season’s parent-teacher conferences, application deadlines for Pre-K, middle, and high schools, SAT School Day, and New York State’s English Language Arts (ELA) Assessments 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 — March 2022

All Month Long
Women's History Month
Tuesday, March 1

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

High School Admissions Virtual Event (English Only)

Learn about this year's high school admissions processes at this virtual event. All current eighth and first-time ninth grade students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Event will take place on Zoom. See "Notes" section below for registration details.

Wednesday, March 2

Parent-Teacher Conferences — Elementary Schools

Evening conferences for students in grades K–5 as well as students attending K–8 schools.

Thursday, March 3

Parent-Teacher Conferences — Elementary Schools

Afternoon conferences for students in grades K–5 as well as students attending K–8 schools.

Friday, March 4

Last day to submit audition materials for 2022 NYC Middle School Admissions

For students applying for fall 2022 admissions to City middle school arts programs.

Friday, March 4

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

High School Admissions Virtual Event (English, Bangla, Korean, and Urdu)

Learn about this year's high school admissions processes at this virtual event. All current eighth and first-time ninth grade students and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Event will take place on Zoom. See "Notes" section below for registration details.

Monday, March 7

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Child Support Services Webinar Series (Session 1)

Learn how child support works and understand your responsibilities in this three-part series.

Enroll for "Session 1: Child Support Basics" on Parent University

Mon., March 7—Fri., March 11
Civics Week
Wednesday, March 9

Parent-Teacher Conferences — Middle Schools & D-75 Programs

Evening conferences for students in grades 6–8 and students in District 75 programs.

Thursday, March 10

Parent-Teacher Conferences — Middle Schools & D-75 Programs

Afternoon conferences for students in grades 6–8 and students attending District 75 programs.

Friday, March 11

Last Day to Apply for 2022 NYC High School Admissions

Open to NYC residents who are currently in eighth grade or are first-time ninth graders.

Sunday, March 13

Daylight Savings Time begins

Adjust your clocks forward by one hour!

Monday, March 14

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Child Support Services Webinar Series (Session 2)

Learn how child support works and understand your responsibilities in this three-part series.

Enroll for "Session 2: Key Points for Custodial Parents" on Parent University

Tuesday, March 15

7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

Family Workshop: Know Your Rights

Join this virtual workshop to understand the educational rights immigrant students have and to learn more about the policies that have been designed to ensure safe school environments for students, regardless of immigration status.

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

Wednesday, March 16

Parent-Teacher Conferences — High Schools

Evening conferences for students in grades 9–12, as well as students attending K–12 and 6–12 schools.

Friday, March 18

Parent-Teacher Conferences — High Schools

Afternoon conferences for students in grades 9–12, as well as students attending K–12 and 6–12 schools.

Friday, March 18

Last Day to Apply for 2022 NYC Pre-K Admissions

Open to NYC residents who were born in 2018.

Monday, March 21

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Child Support Services Webinar Series (Session 3)

Learn how child support works and understand your responsibilities in this three-part series.

Enroll for "Session 3: Key Points for Noncustodial Parents" on Parent University

Wednesday, March 23

SAT School Day

Schools across the City will provide the SAT free of charge to students in grade 11.

Speak with staff members at your high school to learn more

Tues., March 29 — Thurs., March 31

NY State ELA Assessment for Students in Grades 3–8

For students in grades 3–8 who have opted to take New York State's annual English language arts examination this year.

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

Wednesday, March 30

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Family Workshop: Financial Aid 101 for Immigrant Students

Join this virtual workshop to gain a better understanding of the diverse resources of financial aid available, including free money, borrowed money, and earned money. Also learn how to obtain the most accessible financial aid resources for immigrant students.

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:

March is Women’s History Month

All month long, the NYC Department of Education will celebrate Women’s History Month by highlighting books, events, and other resources. Join us as our schools remember “Herstory” throughout March on our main website, our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), and right here on The Morning Bell!

Updates to the City’s Indoor Mask Policy for NYC Public Schools

Beginning Monday, March 7, face coverings will be optional on school buses and on school grounds, both indoors and outdoors, for DOE students, staff members, and visitors in kindergarten through grade 12 environments. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask in these environments may continue to do so.

The indoor mask mandate remains active for LYFE, EarlyLearn, 3-K, Pre-K, and 4410 classrooms.

Learn more about these changes right here on The Morning Bell.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

This month, City public schools across the five boroughs will host virtual parent-teacher conferences. Speak with your child’s teachers to set up mutually convenient virtual meeting times, and take the opportunity to learn more about your child’s progress this year.

Middle School Admissions

The City’s middle school application deadline for fall 2022 admissions closes on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Students who are applying to a City middle school arts program that requires additional submission materials for their 2022 admissions process have until Friday, March 4, 2022, to submit virtual auditions and other submission materials.

Civics Week

From March 7–11, schools across the City will provide activities and events for students that celebrate youth voice, civic empowerment, and the importance of voting. Civics Week helps students understand that their voices matter, and that they can create change as active participants of their community.

Speak with your teachers to learn how Civics Week is being celebrated at your school.

High School Admissions

Students seeking admission to NYC high schools for fall 2022 can complete and submit their high school applications until the new deadline on Friday, March 11, 2022.

If you are a student applying to a high school that requires additional materials for submission, including virtual auditions or online assessments for screened programs, you also have until Friday, March 11 to complete your application.

Want to learn more about high school admissions? Register for our virtual High School Admissions Events, or check out a replay of one of our High School Admissions Virtual Events via our Vimeo page.

Pre-K Admissions

Families with children born in 2018 have until Friday, March 18 to complete and submit their 2022 Pre-K applications. To learn more about Pre-K admissions, visit our official Pre-K webpage.

Virtual Family Workshops in March

This month, the DOE is hosting two virtual workshops for families of immigrant students—join the “Know Your Rights” workshop on Zoom on Tuesday, March 15, and the “Financial Aid 101 for Immigrant Students” virtual workshop on Wednesday, March 30 to gain a better understanding of the rights and resources available to immigrant students and their families in City public schools.

Registration is recommended for each of these events.

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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 wonderful March!


Photo by Yuri Yuhara. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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