New NYC school calendar adds day off for Juneteenth, nixes snow days

Michael Elsen-Rooney, New York Daily News
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Hello Juneteenth, goodbye snow days.

Those are among the changes in the 2021-2022 New York City public school calendar, which officials released Tuesday.

City schools will officially mark Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the U.S. after the Civil War, for the first time with a day off from class on June 20, 2022.

Students will also get a day off on Oct. 11 like in years past — but this year, it will be in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.

School will officially begin on Sept. 13 — a welcome sign for parents hoping for a more stable start to the school year after last year’s frantic last-minute scramble, which included several 11th-hour changes to the school calendar.

Mayor de Blasio has promised five days a week of in-person schooling will be available to every student who wants it next Fall.

Officials are also carrying forward a policy of shifting to remote learning when school buildings have to be shut down for snow, instead of cancelling classes altogether, so that no lost instructional days have to be added to the end of the year.

Election Day on Nov. 2 will also be a remote learning day, officials said.