Get Ready for the First Day of School, September 7

Dear Families,

The first day of school is Thursday, September 7, 2023. We’re excited to welcome you back and begin this journey together! Over the course of the next year, we look forward to helping your children learn and grow, academically and socially.

Here are a few important reminders to help you prepare for a great start to the new school year.

Get Connected… to stay informed of the latest news and exciting things happening in NYC Public Schools: 

Stay Engaged 

  • Meet your principal.
  • Know your child’s teachers and learn about their classroom routines and curriculum.
  • Meet/Join your PTA—they play a vital role in enhancing the school experience for both students and parents. Learn how you can get involved.
  • Connect with your Community and Citywide Education Council (CCEC). Your voice matters, and the CCEC provides a platform for parents to engage with educational matters in your district. We encourage you to attend their meetings and share your insights.

Be Prepared

  • Make sure your children are on a regular sleep schedule and that you’ve practiced your family’s morning routine (including your route to school) with them before the first day.
  • Review the 2023-24 School Calendar at for information on upcoming events and closures throughout the year. Reading is a fantastic way to prepare for the upcoming school year and foster a love for learning.
  • Visit for tips and reading resources to help you develop your child’s literacy at home.

Stay Healthy 

  • Submit all required health forms before the start of the year. For more information about health requirements to attend school, visit
  • Double check that your child is up to date on all required vaccinations. Visit for more information.

For more information on how to have an A+ first day of school, read our Back-to-School Checklist at

We can’t wait to see you on September 7!

Wishing you a successful school year,

Kenita Lloyd

Deputy Chancellor

Family and Community Engagement & External Affairs