New York schools reopen in stages: key dates to know


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Elementary, middle and high school students will join their preschool and special education peers when those in the blended learning model begin their return to campus for in-person learning next week as part of the the gradual reopening of the school in New York. – and there are some important dates families need to know as this school year begins amid the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All New York Public School students started the 2020-2021 school year on Monday – but not all returned for in-person learning. Instead, students will return to their classrooms to take in-person step-by-step classes by grade level through October 1.

Pre-K, Pre-K3 and Disabled Students in District 75 began returning to school buildings on Monday.

In-person classes will begin for students in K-5 and K-8 schools starting Tuesday, September 29, with colleges, high schools, and adult education students starting their return on Thursday, October 1.

Mixed learners will learn at a distance until their return to school buildings using the phased approach.

Students have the choice of full-time distance learning or blended learning, in which students attend school for in-person learning one to three days a week and learn remotely on the other days.

If they are in blended learning, students are required to complete a health screening questionnaire upon arrival at school. The city’s Department of Education (DOE) encourages families to use an online health screening tool every day that a child is scheduled to attend an in-person learning.

Under the current reopening plan, classes will take place in cafeterias, auditoriums, gymnasiums, and enclosed outdoor spaces – and students and teachers will be required to wear face masks while following strict social distancing rules.

The city’s DOE will provide schools with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment, such as face masks, and schools will be thoroughly cleaned each evening using an electrostatic disinfectant.


Here’s a look at the key dates currently in effect until the end of 2020.


Monday September 28: Schools closed for Yom Kippur.

Tuesday September 29: K-5 and K-8 schools begin in-person learning.


Thursday October 1: Colleges, high schools and adult education schools begin learning in person.

It also marks the first day the mandatory random coronavirus testing program begins for students and staff. All testing is free and results will be available within 48 hours.

Each month, schools will select and test a blind sample of 10% to 20% of the school community. The sample size will depend on the school population, said Dr Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior public health adviser.

Monday 12 October – Schools are closed for Columbus Day.


Tuesday November 3 – School buildings are closed for polling day. It is not a day off for the students, as they will always learn in a full distance learning day.

Wednesday 11 November – Schools closed on Veterans Day.

Thursday November 26 to Friday November 27 – Schools are closed for Thanksgiving.


Thursday 24 December – Beginning of winter holidays

Here is an overview of the other key dates of the 2020-2021 public school calendar.

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