NYC Schools: An update on the 2019-2020 academic year

Everything you need to know about NYC Schools, including closings, at-home learning, graduation and other changes.

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We'll help you stay on top of what's going on with NYC Schools during the 2019-2020 academic year. Here you'll find the latest on closings, at-home learning, grading policy, graduation and other changes implemented by the Governor, Mayor and Chancellor.

We have the latest on what you can and cannot do as a family in NYC right now. We're also here to help you figure out fun things to do at home with the kiddos. We track down all the coolest activities, from the best online classes for kids, to fitness classes kids can try at home, to the 50 greatest animated movies to watch as a family.

Remember: As the NYC Schools situation changes, we'll post the latest news here, so check back often.

NYC Schools: Update

Mayor Bill de Blasio releases plans for NYC schools this fall
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Mayor Bill de Blasio releases plans for NYC schools this fall

NYC public schools can expect "blended learning" this September.

Will NYC schools reopen buildings in September?
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Will NYC schools reopen buildings in September?

Here are the possibilities. 

NYC to provide free daycare for children ages 3 and up
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NYC to provide free daycare for children ages 3 and up

NYC will provide free daycare to 100,000 students in the fall to help fill the gaps left by blended learning.

NYC schools reveal virtual graduation plans for the class of 2020
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NYC schools reveal virtual graduation plans for the class of 2020

The class of 2020 is getting a much-deserved celebration.  Following up on the promise of a virtual, city-wide graduation, the New York City Department of Education just revealed plans for a digital ceremony via Twitter.  🎓 Join us on June 30 to celebrate the end of a school year and honor the resilient, inspiring #NYCclassof2020—with student spotlights, musical performances, and special guest speakers—including @Lin_Manuel, @pitbull, @nickkroll, @andy, and more! 🎓 pic.twitter.com/irkUxdnfQY — NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) June 23, 2020 On June 30 at 7pm, seniors are able to take a bow and sit in for student spotlights, musical performances and a slew of awesome guests, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull, Nick Kroll, Andy Cohen and more. Oh, and did we mention JLo and AROD are the keynote speakers? Talk about a sendoff!   Let me introduce you to your #NYCClassof2020 keynote speakers! See you tonight at 7PM for a special, virtual graduation event with @Jlo and @Arod. pic.twitter.com/2Pg4zywLSf — NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) June 30, 2020 Although Governor Cuomo has approved outdoor graduation ceremonies in New York state, tight restrictions and a cap at 150 guests would make things difficult for many schools. This digital experience will unite all of the city senior's who are ready to take their next steps into their academic career.  To learn more about the virtual program visit NYCClassof2020.com. The livestream will take place on the website the day of

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Governor Cuomo approves outdoor graduation ceremonies
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Governor Cuomo approves outdoor graduation ceremonies

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that graduations will be allowed to take place starting June 26 provided that they take place outdoors, follow social distancing guidelines and limit the crowd to 150 people total—that number includes students, staff, family and friends.

NYC schools launched a “Return to School 2020” survey
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NYC schools launched a “Return to School 2020” survey

Students and families are asked to participate. 

New York schools close for the rest of the academic year
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New York schools close for the rest of the academic year

Governor Cuomo made the announcement on May 1. 

Governor Cuomo approves in-person special education in New York for the summer
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Governor Cuomo approves in-person special education in New York for the summer

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing necessary in-person special education instruction to take place in New York this summer, provided districts follow state and federal guidelines. This reverses a prior executive order requiring that all instruction must be remote. NEW: I just issued an Executive Order allowing necessary in-person special education instruction this summer. Any school district providing these services must follow all state and federal guidance. pic.twitter.com/zexmqSat6U — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2020 How will this impact NYC students in Individualized Education Programs? It's unclear. Currently, the NYC DOE only offers remote instruction, and it hasn't announced if it will adjust its policy to allow in-person visits this summer. Currently, all summer school sessions will be held remotely.  This has been a long, strange school year for NYC students: Regents Exams were canceled, the typical grading policy was changed, school holidays were turned into school days without instruction. More recently, graduation ceremonies in NYC were going to be held online—only for Governor Cuomo to announce smaller-scale graduations could take place outdoors in late June. (Either way, the class of 2020 shouldn't miss Lizzo playing "Pomp and Circumstance" with the New York Philharmonic as her backup band.) For the latest information about these and other related issues, be sure to check our coverage of NYC Schools and what's to come in September.

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NYC schools will conduct summer school remotely
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NYC schools will conduct summer school remotely

Summer school will take place online for over 177,000 students.

NYC schools reveal a new grading policy for 2019-2020
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NYC schools reveal a new grading policy for 2019-2020

Learn all about the new evaluations.

NYC Schools once again permit Zoom
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NYC Schools once again permit Zoom

There are a few changes in place this go-around.

New York cancels Regents Exams
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New York cancels Regents Exams

Here's how students must meet requirements.

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NYC Schools will host a city-wide virtual graduation
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NYC Schools will host a city-wide virtual graduation

We're still celebrating high school seniors!

NYC Schools continue iPad distribution
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NYC Schools continue iPad distribution

We'll help you gain access to a device. 

Free grab-and-go meals are available for all New Yorkers
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Free grab-and-go meals are available for all New Yorkers

Find a meal hub near you. 

NYC Schools partner with WNET for “Let's Learn NYC!”
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NYC Schools partner with WNET for “Let's Learn NYC!”

Access the lessons every day at 11am!

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The NYPL now offers free one-on-one virtual tutoring
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The NYPL now offers free one-on-one virtual tutoring

Parents, this is a game-changer. 

The DOE launches a remote learning survey
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The DOE launches a remote learning survey

Now is the time to voice your opinion, Mom and Dad.

The NYC DOE will no longer be using Zoom
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The NYC DOE will no longer be using Zoom

The reasons for the switch are due to safety concerns. 

Spring break is canceled for districts across the state
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Spring break is canceled for districts across the state

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the executive order.

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The NYC School Calendar for 2019–2020
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The NYC School Calendar for 2019–2020

UPDATE: For more up-to-date information about remote learning and how NYC students are being affected, visit our news page.  UPDATE: Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended New York on PAUSE until May 15. Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that children won't physically return to school this academic year, but the governor overruled his announcement. It's still unclear as to whether or not the children will return.  UPDATE: On Tuesday, March 31, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will cancel spring break.  UPDATE: On Monday, March 23, NYC schools will head online for remote learning. This is due to school closures city-wide amid the coronavirus outbreak. Here's everything you need to know.  Mom and Dad: Keep our guide to the NYC Public School Calendar 2019–2020 handy for quick access. If you're scheduling fun after-school programs for the littles or thinking about a few family weekend getaways, you'll need to know what's happening in the classroom first. The calendar below keep you updated on days off, holidays and parent-teacher conferences.  Don't forget to scope out cool kids' library branches in NYC where little academics can learn, read and enroll in cool classes.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to kids' back-to-school season 2019-2020 NYC School Calendar: Sept 5: First Day of School (partial school day for pre-k public school students) Sept 12: Parent Teacher Conferences (elementary schools and k–8 schools)  Sept 18: Parent Teacher Conferences (middle schools)  Sept 26: Parent T

NYC schools revoke two previously scheduled days off this month
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NYC schools revoke two previously scheduled days off this month

Here's when to mark your calendars.

How to get free Wi-Fi in NYC right now
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How to get free Wi-Fi in NYC right now

Everyone needs the internet now more than ever.

How to prepare for the NYC DOE's online classes
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How to prepare for the NYC DOE's online classes

Remote learning launches March 23. 

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How to keep busy during independent learning days
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How to keep busy during independent learning days

School is out...kinda. Here's what you need to know about independent learning. 

NYC schools to close amid coronavirus outbreak
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NYC schools to close amid coronavirus outbreak

Here's the update. 

Here's how NYC Schools are taking action against the coronavirus
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Here's how NYC Schools are taking action against the coronavirus

UPDATE: As of March 15, the New York City Department of Education announced the closure of all public schools. Learn more here.  UPDATE: As of March 13, the New York City Department of Education closed two school buildings and a D75 program, according to Twitter.  UPDATE: As of March 12, the New York City Department of Education announced that parents and caregivers may choose not to send their children to school. According to an email sent to public school parents on behalf of Chancellor Richard Carranza, all Corona-related absences are excused, including  "families/caregivers who choose to keep students home in an effort to reduce their child’s risk of exposure to COVID-19." Earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that two public schools, the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology and South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School, will be closed so that the NYC DOE can disinfect the facilities. The two schools share a building in the Bronx. These are the only NYC public schools closed so far. UPDATE: As of March 11, the New York City Department of Education announced via Twitter that Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday and Friday will take place over the phone or virtually, not in person. UPDATE: As of March 11, the New York City Department of Education mandated that all school buses must be cleaned and disinfected every Monday and Thursday. The DOE requires that school bus contractors use "an effective anti-viral disinfecting product" registered with