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

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

Here are the possibilities. 

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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

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