2018-19 School Year Calendar
The School Year Calendar mandates that school sessions begin for all students on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and ends on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The calendar must be adhered to without exception, unless notifications of subsequent changes are received pursuant to collective bargaining agreements or for other reasons, provided these other reasons are not inconsistent with collective bargaining or legal obligations.
This calendar was last updated August 28, 2018.
|Date||Day of Week||Details|
|August 27||Monday||The following staff report: Assistant Principals and school based intermediate supervisors not designated to work an increased work year.|
|September 3||Monday||Labor Day (schools closed)|
|September 4||Tuesday||Teachers report (see section 5 below). Students will not be in attendance.|
|September 5||Wednesday||School Session Begins For All Students. Early dismissal for non-District 75 kindergarten students only. Partial school time for pre-kindergarten public school students.|
|September 6||Thursday||First full day for non-District 75 kindergarten students. Partial school time for pre-kindergarten public school students|
|September 10–11||Monday–Tuesday||Rosh Hashanah (schools closed)|
|September 17||Monday||Elementary School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (see section 8)|
|September 19||Wednesday||Yom Kippur (schools closed)|
|September 20||Thursday||Middle School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (see section 8)|
|September 26||Wednesday||High School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (see section 8)|
|October 8||Monday||Columbus Day Observed (schools closed)|
|November 6||Tuesday||Election Day. Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development. Students will not be in attendance.|
|November 12||Monday||Veterans Day Observed (schools closed)|
|November 14||Wednesday||Elementary School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|November 15||Thursday||Elementary School: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for elementary school students.|
|November 19||Monday||District 75 Schools: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences.|
|November 20||Tuesday||District 75 Schools:|
Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences; early dismissal for D75 students.
|November 22–23||Thursday–Friday||Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed)|
|November 27||Tuesday||Middle School: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for middle school students.|
|November 28||Wednesday||Middle School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|November 29||Thursday||High Schools: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|November 30||Friday||High Schools: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for high school students.|
|December 24–January 1 (2019)||Monday–Tuesday||Winter Recess (schools closed)|
|Date||Day of Week||Details|
|January 2||Wednesday||School resumes|
|January 21||Monday||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: schools closed|
|January 28||Monday||Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development in high schools. Non-D75 high school students will not be in attendance. All other students will be in attendance. (See section 10 below for details on high school student attendance on January 28.)|
|January 29||Tuesday||High School: Spring term begins for students|
|February 5||Tuesday||Lunar New Year: schools closed|
|February 18–22||Monday–Friday||Midwinter Recess (includes Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday, observed): schools closed|
|March 4||Monday||District 75 Schools: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences.|
|March 5||Tuesday||District 75 Schools Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for D75 students.|
|March 7||Thursday||High School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|March 8||Friday||High School: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for high school students.|
|March 13||Wednesday||Elementary School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences.|
|March 14||Thursday||Elementary School: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for elementary school students.|
|March 26||Tuesday||Middle School: Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences early dismissal for middle school students.|
|March 27||Wednesday||Middle School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|April 19–26||Friday–Friday||Spring Recess (Including Good Friday and Passover) schools closed|
|May 9||Thursday||High School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (see section 8)|
|May 15||Wednesday||Elementary School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (see section 8)|
|May 16||Thursday||Middle School: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (see section 8)|
|May 27||Monday||Memorial Day (schools closed)|
|June 4||Tuesday||Eid al-Fitr (schools closed)|
|June 6||Thursday||Anniversary Day. Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development. Students will not be in attendance.|
|June 11||Tuesday||June Clerical Day for students in elementary school, middle school and D75 school programs. These students will not be in attendance (see section 13 below).|
|June 26||Wednesday||LAST DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS. An early dismissal of these students is to be scheduled on Wednesday June 26 under the guidelines outlined in Section 14 below. Last day for all Classroom Teachers, Bilingual Teachers in School and Community Relations, Attendance Teachers, Nurses, Therapists, Laboratory Specialists and Technicians and last day for Paraprofessionals.|
|June 27–28||Thursday–Friday||All other staff report except Classroom Teachers, Bilingual Teachers in School and Community Relations, Attendance Teachers, Nurses, Therapists, Laboratory Specialists and Technicians, and Paraprofessionals.|
The school year calendar incorporates the following understandings:
- That this calendar does not preclude subsequent changes that may be made pursuant to collective bargaining agreements or for other reasons, but in no case can this calendar or subsequent changes result in a loss of state aid;
- To avoid the risk of a reduction in State Aid, and to limit an impact on bus scheduling for students, schools will not be closed, and shortened sessions will not be scheduled, without prior authorization. All requests for shortened sessions resulting in early dismissals of students and any other changes in this calendar must be submitted for review and approval at least 6 weeks prior to the impacted date. Subsequent to receiving approval, 4 weeks prior notification to parents must be provided;
- That the Chancellor shall use the power vested in him or her by law when, in violation of this citywide school year calendar, a school is closed or shortened sessions are scheduled without prior authorization. The following should also be noted:
- The school year calendar for 2018-19 meets the State Education Department requirement of a minimum of 180 days and 900 hours of instruction for kindergarten through grade 6 students, and 990 hours of instruction for grades 7 and above, in all schools in the New York City School District.
- On September 4, 2018 the following staff report: Classroom Teachers, Bilingual Teachers in School and Community Relations, Guidance Counselors, Attendance Teachers, Nurses, Therapists, Laboratory Specialists and Technicians, and Educational Paraprofessionals. School Secretaries, Psychologists and Social Workers report for a regular work day. Employees in titles not listed should consult the applicable collective bargaining agreement. This day shall be utilized for preparation and planning for the new school year. If time permits, the remainder of the day may be utilized for professional development.
- On the first day of school, Wednesday, September 5, 2018, a half-day shall be scheduled for all non-district 75 kindergarten students only. The remainder of the day may be utilized for general staff orientation, curriculum development, in-service education or parent-teacher conferences.
- All schools will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and on Anniversary Day, Thursday, June 6, 2019 for a Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development related to the implementation of high learning standards and assessments. On these two days, students in all five boroughs will not be in attendance. (Under Section 2586 of the Education Law, Anniversary Day is the first Thursday in June, or the second Thursday in June when the first Thursday falls within the same week as Memorial Day.)
- The parent-teacher conferences for families in September and May are contractually required for single session schools. Please note these conferences are not required for multi-session schools and D75 programs. Schools may conduct a School Based Option (SBO) vote to change the date of an evening conference. These evening conferences must be three hours in length and cannot begin prior to 4:30 PM or end after 8:00 PM.
- Staff development activities must meet needs that are mandated, or of high priority, including collaborative professional learning opportunities for staff related to rigorous instruction, a supportive environment, and effective leadership; implementation of the system-wide instructional approach to literacy and mathematics under the new Common Core Standards Initiative; school violence prevention and intervention; the implementation of the Continuum for Students with Disabilities; performance standards; science education; assessments, etc., as they relate to general, special and bilingual education. There must be an appropriate focus on the implementation of high learning standards and assessments.
- For all high schools, Monday, January 28, 2019 will be scheduled for professional development. No high school students will be in attendance on this day, with the exception of high school level students in District 75 (these students will be in attendance on this day). The high school spring term begins on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 with a full day of instruction.
- Calculations of aidable hours incorporate Chancellor Conference Days and Regents Examination Days. Under Commissioner's Regulations, Chancellor Conference Days may include general staff orientation, curriculum development or in-service education. They may not include routine administrative matters such as grading of assignments, the preparation of pupil assignments, recordkeeping, or the preparation of lesson plans.
- The school calendar takes into account the following citywide centrally-scheduled shortened sessions: two Parent-Teacher Conference shortened sessions (one in the fall term and one in the spring term). Separate notifications will be forthcoming regarding all of these citywide centrally-scheduled shortened sessions. An early dismissal of students is to be scheduled on the last day of school, subject to the guidelines outlined in section 14 below.
- On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 the Chancellor authorizes a full non-attendance day for elementary and middle school students (including full time prekindergarten students in public schools) as well as D75 high school students to allow staff time to complete the various tasks related to the annual reorganization of schools. There can be no deviation from this date without central approval. Principals should plan end of term clerical administrative assignments in a manner that ensures that maximum productive use is made of this time. The Office of Pupil Transportation will notify bus companies of the non-attendance day; schools do not need to notify the Office of Pupil Transportation of this event.
- As concerns the early dismissal of students on the last day of school (Wednesday, June 26, 2019), the day should be recorded as a regular day of instruction for purposes of the Period Attendance Report, and schools must adhere to the following guidelines: all students are required to attend school, pupil attendance must be taken, recorded and reported as part of the average daily attendance, and students are to receive instruction and/or guidance and assistance as needed. Schools should provide at least 4 weeks prior notice to parents and to the Office of Pupil Transportation regarding the specific time they have set for the early dismissal at their site.
- In a week when an approved shortened session is scheduled, schools may designate that shortened session as a regular day of instruction for purposes of the Period Attendance Report.
- As a result of Chancellor Conference Days, shortened sessions for various purposes, and Regents Days, the total number of attendance days may be different from the number of state aidable days.
- For Grades 1 through 6, there are 182 aidable days (179 attendance days).
- For Grades 7 and 8 Citywide and Grade 9 in Middle Schools (including District 75), there are 182 aidable days (179 attendance days).
- For High School Level Grades 9 through 12, there are 183 aidable days (minimum of 168 of which are attendance days). In District 75, there are 182 aidable days (179 attendance days).
- Concerning the partial school time for pre-kindergarten students (staggered entrance), it is recommended that orientation sessions take place on Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6, 2018 for the parents or guardians of all pre-kindergarten students. This session is to help families with the transition process. Parents or caregivers should be notified so that they can make appropriate plans regarding the schedule, pick up and drop off of their children. For assistance with staggered entrance, orientation or phase-in planning, please contact the Division of Early Childhood Education at 212-374-0351 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding State Assessments, including Regents Days, please visit the New York State Education Department’s website.
- Consultation on the school year calendar has taken place with superintendents, parent representatives, religious organizations, the Nonpublic Schools Committee, and appropriate collective bargaining representatives.