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Why Has NYC's School Calendar Isn't Released Yet? Frustrated Parents And Teachers Have Questions

Abdul Ghani

Why hasn't New York City's school calendar for 2023–24 been released yet is a common question from parents and educators.
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The Thursday following Labor Day, or Sept. 7, is usually the first day of school. But with no official word on opening day or other holidays, frustrations are growing as families try to make plans for the upcoming year.

The calendar was made public by the education department last May 31. When asked when they will release the new calendar, officials chose not to comment.

There will probably be fewer disturbances at the beginning of the school year because Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday lasting two days, falls on a weekend. Despite the fact that Monday, September 25, falls on the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur. However, given that Easter occurs on March 31, Eid al-Fitr is observed on April 10, and Passover begins on April 22, there are still some uncertainties over how spring break will be observed in 2024.

The Calendar Was Released By The Department Of Education Prior To The Pandemic

The calendar was made available considerably earlier by the education department prior to the pandemic. The calendar was made available in April for the academic years 2018 and 2019. The calendar has been released in March before that.

Although New York City's start date is one of the nation's later ones, other districts that begin after Labor Day, such as Newark, Philadelphia, and Boston, approved their calendars in March. The calendar for the upcoming school year in Chicago, which begins at the end of August, was decided upon in February.

The teachers union contract governs the first day of classes. We are currently negotiating a new deal.

The two days following Labor Day are customarily used by teachers to prepare before welcoming their new students. Teachers begin classes considerably earlier than kids in many other school districts, and several educators in this city hope that New York City will do the same, especially since many elementary schools in 15 districts will have to start implementing new reading programs.

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