Principal’s Reference Guide
Any changes to the school year calendar (i.e. Parent Teacher Conference, early dismissals, etc) must be approved centrally.
Calendar change requests cannot be considered during weeks with testing, shortened sessions, parent teacher conferences or other non-instructional days, as well as during the first week of school and/or the day after or before a 3-day weekend or citywide school recess. Requests for non-attendance days prior to April 2, 2018 will not be considered.
Things to consider:
- Calendar Changes must be voted on by parents at a regularly scheduled Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting.
- Calendar Changes require an approved School Based Option (SBO).
- School Superintendents should be consulted for all calendar changes.
- Principals should submit the change request at least 6 weeks prior
to the first date affected.
The review and approval process is needed to ensure that all State instructional time requirements (length of school day and year)
and DOE contractual requirements (including school-based options and any staff issues)
are being met. It is also to assure that parents have received sufficient advance notice, that certain overriding educational considerations are taken into account (e.g., meeting special education mandated services, avoiding conflicts with tests and other events, scheduling instructional make up time)
, and that all support service schedules, including busing, can be appropriately adjusted. Principals, Superintendents, and the appropriate support services (busing, etc) will be notified when a decision is reached.
Principal's can access the request form by clicking here: Calendar Change Request Application. .
For assistance please email SSTAdmin@schools.nyc.gov.