The following email was sent from UFT President Michael Mulgrew to UFT members including school counselors on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
I’m happy to report that the city Department of Education finally released the 2021-22 school calendar today. The holidays next school year make the calendar particularly challenging — especially with Labor Day falling immediately before Rosh Hashanah. But the final calendar still includes the minimum number of days to meet collective bargaining requirements and receive aid from New York State.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Labor Day falls on Monday, Sept. 6, and schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday, Sept. 8. As is customary, all school-based staff will report to work without students for two days, on Thursday and Friday. The first day of classes for students is Monday, Sept. 13.
- Schools will be closed on Yom Kippur on Thursday, Sept. 16.
- Schools will be closed on Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11.
- Schools will be closed on Lunar New Year on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
- The mid-winter recess will be from Monday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 25.
- The spring break, which includes Good Friday and Passover, will be from Friday, April 15, to Friday, April 22.
- Schools will be closed on Eid al-Fitr on Monday, May 2.
- Schools will be closed for Juneteenth, a new public school holiday, on Monday, June 20.
- Parent-teacher conferences will take place only in early November and in March.
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New York City schools must, by state law, have 180 “aidable" days. This year’s calendar is at that minimum because of the late start of classes and the number of school holidays. This situation has produced some unusual features in the 2021-22 school year calendar:
- The last day for students will be Monday, June 27, but the last day of work for classroom teachers, attendance teachers, school nurses, therapists, lab specialists and paraprofessionals will be Tuesday, June 28, as contractually required. It will be a Chancellor’s Conference Day. June 30 is the last day for all other UFT school-based titles.
- Snow days, if we have any, will be remote instructional days. Otherwise, the DOE would have to convert another scheduled holiday to an instructional day to make up the day to meet the 180-day minimum.
- Election Day will be a professional development day. Students will have a remote learning day with no synchronous or live instruction. All schools will receive funding to pay per-session to teachers to plan that day’s asynchronous instruction.
I hope this information is helpful as you plan ahead. Thank you for everything you do.