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Prepare for School Opening
Start Date: 9/1/2017
End Date: 9/1/2017
Event Description:
You and your staff should review the following information regarding teacher work days for September 5 and 6, September Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences, family notifications and poster delivery for session times as you prepare for the opening of school in September:

Teacher Work Days for September 5 and 6: For all teachers, the work day will be six hours and 50 minutes on September 5 and 6.

Family Notifications of Session Times: You must ensure that families are aware of your school's start and end times as well as any other important calendar events. If you have not already done so, please contact families using the communication generally used by your school (e.g., email, automated calls, welcome packets for students).

  • Renewal School and Community School principals will continue to have extended-learning time for the upcoming school year, and should ensure that families are aware of the longer school days and your school's scheduled start and end times.
  • Pre-K Programs are encouraged to use a staggered schedule, allowing you to adjust the length of the school day for September 7 and 8. A sample staggered schedule is available here. Please make changes to your schedule as necessary to meet the needs of your students, families, and staff and to help students and families smoothly transition to pre-K. You should notify your pre-K students' families of your start- and end-time schedule, once it has been determined.
  • Elementary Schools should notify families with children in kindergarten that citywide, the first day of school on September 7 will be a half-day. Please note that kindergarten students should be dismissed three hours prior to their normal dismissal time.

September Parent-Teacher Evening Conference: If you will be hosting an event for families in September, please ensure that they are notified about this and other upcoming events. Please note that, non-D75, single-session schools are required to host a September parent event (elementary schools on September 13, middle schools on September 26, and high schools on September 28). The September conference should not be a traditional parent-teacher conference, but rather an alternative event using one of the following formats: Curriculum Night, Meet the Staff Night, Common Core, other training for Parents Night, or another non-traditional format. The default format for the September conference shall be "Meet the Staff" night. Additional information regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences will be provided in the August 29 edition of Principals' Weekly.

Delivery of Session Time Posters: In order to ensure that your school's session-time information is uniformly displayed for families, your custodian will be provided with an 8.5-by-11-inch vinyl poster with your school session-time information. The information on the poster will display the times that are indicated in the School Session Time Application; your custodian will also receive a blank copy of the poster in case the information in the application does not reflect your current session time and/or if you have additional or staggered session times that must also be visible to families. If the session times that are printed on the poster that your custodian receives are incorrect, please contact your FSC director of operations.

The vinyl posters are scheduled to arrive on August 24; please work with your custodian to ensure schedules are printed correctly prior to posting, and that the poster is placed in a visible area near the entrance of your school. Note that charter schools that are co-located with other schools will also receive a blank poster; if you are the principal of a charter school that is co-located with another school, please update the poster with your school's session times, and place it in a visible area near the entrance to your school.

You should also add schedule information to other visible and accessible areas, including your phone messaging system; schools with external websites should update the relevant information on their site as well. If you have an external website, please fill out this form to help keep records of your school's external website up-to-date. For help with your phone messaging system, please contact your vendor directly.

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Workflow Category
  • School Opening
  • School Type
    All Schools (K-12)
    Item Type
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