By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Students in public elementary and high school under the Department of Education (DepEd) will have a five-day semestral break starting October 21 until October 25, after the 2nd Quarter examination, according to DepEd Order No. 007 s. of 2019 (School Calendar for School year 2019-2020) issued by Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
Classes for the third quarter will resume on October 28, 2019.
During the sem break, teachers will undergo in-service training.
DepEd left to the discretion of private schools the scheduling of their semestral breaks.
As cited in Republic Act No. 7797 (An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred Days to Not More than Two Hundred Twenty Class Day), private schools may deviate from the calendar prescribed by DepEd given they inform the regional office of the changes in schedule or in their school calendar.
The SY 2019-2020 formally opened last June 3 and will end April 3, 2020. It consists of 203 school days, inclusive of the five-day INSET, the three days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences to be conducted within the school year, and other activities for learners and teachers.
Earlier, DepEd also provided the Implementing Guidelines on the SY 2019-2020 School Calendar to “enable the schools to effectively and efficiently implement the school events and activities.”
DepEd noted that guidelines will also allow the regional offices (ROs) as well as the schools division offices (SDOs) to provide support to schools – particularly in the areas of instruction, progress monitoring, and evaluation.
All schools are also expected to observe national and local celebrations “provided that these are beneficial to the learners.” ROs may issue a “supplemental calendar to reflect their local events” if needed.
DepEd also reminded schools to hold make-up classes or undertake Alternative Delivery Modes (ADMs) if needed to help “compensate for unplanned suspension of classes such as natural and manmade calamities” provided that the conduct of such activities “must be agreed upon by school heads, teachers and concerned parents.”