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DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2018-2019

May 24, 2018

DepEd Order No. 25, s. 2018



Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Regional Secretary, ARMM
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned

1. The School Year (SY) 2018-2019 shall formally open on Monday, June 4, 2018 and shall end on Friday, April 5, 2019. It shall consist of 208 school days inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and the three days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) conducted within the school year. However, learners are expected to be in school for a total of 200 class days as shown in Enclosure No. 2.

2. Private schools may deviate from this School Calendar. However, they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August, as provided in Republic Act (RA) No. 7797, entitled An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days. Said schools should notify in advance their respective regional offices (ROs) regarding any deviation from the school calendar.

3. The Implementing Guidelines on the SY 2018-2019 Calendar of Activities are provided in Enclosure No. 1 to enable the schools to effectively and efficiently implement the school events and activities. Likewise, the guidelines shall allow the ROs and the schools division offices to provide support to schools, particularly in the areas of instruction, and progress monitoring and evaluation.

4. Schools may observe national and local celebrations/activities and holidays other than those indicated in Enclosure Nos. 2 and 3, provided that the activities are beneficial to the teaching-learning process, and that the total number of class days shall not be compromised.

5. Make-up classes are recommended in lieu of class cancellations due to celebrations and holidays, as well as natural and man-made calamities. Mechanism for the conduct of make-up classes must be agreed upon by school heads and the Parent-Teacher Associations. In this regard, the ROs may issue a regional school calendar to announce and reflect their concerned events.

6. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.


READ: DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2019–2020

(Enclosure No. 1 to DepEd Order No. 25, s. 2018)


1. The school year (SY) shall formally open on Monday, June 4, 2018 and shall end on Friday, April 5, 2019. It shall consist of 208 school days inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and three days of Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC).

2. Learners are expected to be in school for a total of 200 class days for this SY. To ensure quality in the school operation and actual teaching learning, the 187-day contact time for teachers and learners is non-negotiable. The physical presence of school heads in schools shall also be enforced.

3. Local activities and observances that involve student participation, such as competitions, festivities, press conferences, culminating activities, and field demonstrations must be regulated so as not to cause disruption of classes and to ensure that the required contact time or number of teaching-learning days is met. Regions, Divisions and Schools are encouraged to plan and implement these activities once in a school year or after each quarter. There shall be no co-curricular and extra-curricular activities two weeks before the quarterly examinations.

4. A general assembly shall be conducted by all schools to orient stakeholders on the curriculum, co-curricular programs and ancillary services to support learner development and the continuous improvement of school outcomes. The assembly shall be done at least a week before the school opening to ensure that the conduct of classes is done on the formal opening of classes on June 4.

5. Parent-teacher conferences shall be done to apprise the parents on the performance of their children and ensure their involvement in school activities. These conferences shall be conducted back-to-back with the General Assembly and every second Saturday after the Quarterly Examinations except on the last conference in April 2019.

6. All elementary schools shall administer the Philippine Early Childhood Development (ECD) Checklist for Kindergarten Children during the opening of classes, midyear, and end of school year. The result will be used as basis for planning and formulating appropriate interventions for children.

7. Deworming of children in school shall be conducted within the months of July 2018 and January 2019.

8. A career guidance program shall be conducted between July and November 2018 to guide Grades 9 and 10 students in making informed choices on their preferred Senior High School track.

9. At the end of the Second Quarter, a semestral break for learners shall be observed to evaluate individual teachers and their collective performance, to conduct the In-Service Training (INSET) activities, and to prepare their Instructional Materials (IMs) for their continuing professional development.

10. The Christmas break shall begin on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Classes shall resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

11. To assure quality of learning, formative assessments shall be regularly conducted by the teachers. On the national level, the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA) shall administer the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) to assess the aptitude and interest of students and provide them with relevant information on their skills, abilities, and readiness for academic and non-academic courses, the Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA) to measure the literacy skills of the learners in their respective Mother Tongues, Filipino and English and the National Achievement Test (NAT) to measure what learners in Grade 6 and Grade 10 know and can do in five learning areas.

The summer/remedial classes shall begin on Monday, April 15, 2019 and end on Friday, May 24, 2019.

12. Learner deliberation may be conducted two weeks before the graduation or moving up ceremonies for the following:

a. Learners who will receive recognition and awards; and

b. Learners who are candidates for graduation. They shall accomplish their clearance on the week prior to date of graduation.

13. In preparation for the opening of classes for SY 2019-2020, the schools shall conduct the following activities:

a. Early Registration of learners, beginning on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the schools where they wish to study;

b. Brigada Eskwela from May 13 to 17, 2019 to enable the community and the school to prepare their facilities before the start of another school year;

c. Oplan Balik Eskwela from May 20 to May 31, 2019 to facilitate the enrolment of learners; and

d. In-Service Training (INSET) activities for teachers from May 27 to May 31, 2019, a week before the opening of classes.

14. In Enclosure No. 2, a calendar is presented with specific markings:

a. Declared holidays and weekdays with no classes are crossed out (X).

b. Days with school activities for teachers, personnel and other stakeholders (e.g. PTC, general assemblies, PEPT for out-of-school learners) are boxed (□).

c. Days with student activities or activities that involve student participation (e.g. NFOT, NSPC, deworming of school children) are encircled (O). These activities are conducted on class days and may or may not disrupt classes. If the date for a student activity in a specific month is still tentative, the last school day may be temporarily marked as alternate day for said activity.

d. School activities conducted for several weeks (i.e. Early Registration) are no longer reflected in the actual calendar.

DepEd School Calendar for School Year (SY) 2018-2019

Enclosure No. 2 to DepEd Order No. 25, s. 2018

MonthActivityNo. of School Days
May 2018
May 21-June 8Oplan Balik Eskwela
May 21-June 2Brigada Eskwela
June 2018
21st General Assembly and Parent-Teacher Conference (Sat.)First Quarter: 48 days
4Beginning of classes
12Independence Day (regular holiday)
15Eid’l Fitr (regular holiday)
TentativeEarly Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA)
TentativeSpecial Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT for Independence Day)
July 2018
2-31Deworming of School Children
August 2018
9-10First Quarter Examinations
18Distribution of Report Cards and 2nd Parent-Teacher Conference2nd Quarter: 48 days
21Ninoy Aquino Day (special nonworking holiday)
22Eid’l Adha (regular holiday)
27National Heroes Day (regular holiday)
TentativeNational Career Assessment Examination for Grade 9
September 2018
October 2018
5World Teachers’ Day
18-19Second Quarter Examinations
22Start of Sembreak3rd Quarter: 52 days
22-26In-Service Training for Teachers
27Distribution of Report Cards and 3rd Parent-Teacher Conference
29Resumption of Classes
TentativeAccreditation and Equivalency Test (A&E)
November 2018
1All Saints Day (special non-working holiday)
2All Souls Day (special non-working holiday)
TentativeAdministration of PEPT (regular)
TentativeBasic Education Exit Assessment for Grade 12
30Bonifacio Day (regular holiday)
December 2018
15Class Day
22Start of Christmas Break
30Rizal Day (regular holiday)
TentativeNational Musabaqah
January 2019
Entire Month
Deworming of school children
2Resumption of classes
10-11Third Quarter Examinations
19Distribution of Cards
(Parent -Teacher) Conference
4th Quarter: 60 days
Jan. 26 -Feb. 27Early Registration for Kindergarten to Grade 12
Jan. 28-Feb. 1National School Press Conference (NSPC)

National Festival of Talents (NFOT)
February 2019
4-15Supreme-Pupil Government/Supreme -Student Government Election (First to Second Week)
5Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day (Special non-working holiday)
March 2019
14-15Fourth Quarter Examinations for Grades 6 and 12
21-22Fourth Quarter for Grades 1-5 & 7-11
TentativeNational Achievement Test (NAT) for Grade 6 and 10
April 2019
1-5End of School Year Rites
5Last Day of Classes for SY 2018-2019
9Araw ng Kagitingan (regular holiday)
11-12Distribution of Report Cards and 5th
Parent-Teacher Conference
15Start of Summer Classes
18-19Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
TentativePalarong Pambansa
May 2019
1Labor Day (regular holiday)
TentativeBrigada Eskwela
TentativeOplan Balik Eskwela
24End of Summer Classes
Total Number of School Days208
Total Number of Class Days200

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Activities and/or Observances Mandated by Law

Enclosure No. 3 to DepEd Order No. 25, s. 2018

Month/DateActivities and/or ObservancesLegal Bases
9Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Horacio Dela CostaAdministrative Order (AO) No. 23, 2011
10Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio
13Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini
22Commemoration of the Philippine-Australia Friendship Day
26Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Felipe Agoncillo
May 28- June 12National Flag Day CelebrationRepublic Act (RA] No. 8491
Presidential Proclamation (PP) No. 374, s. 1965
Executive Order (EO) No. 179, s. 1994
1-30Dengue Awareness MonthHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
National Kidney Month
5World Environment DayDM No. 14, s. 2014
13-17 Third week of JuneNational Safe Kids WeekPP 1307, s. 2007
14World Blood Donor DayHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
June 16-Dec 31Nationwide Search for the Outstanding W.A.T.C.H. (We Advocate Time Consciousness and HonestyJ SchoolsPP 1782,s. 2009
June 16-Dec 31Pambansang Gawad sa Ulirang KabataanPP110, s. 1963 PP 28, s. 1962 DM 146 s, 2014
19Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose RizalAO 23, s. 2011
24Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Marcela Agoncillo
25Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Galicano ApacibleAO 23, s. 2011 DM 146, s. 2014
26International Day Against Drug AbuseHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
30Commemoration of the Historic Siege of Baler and Philippine-Spanish Friendship DayRA 9187 PP 1696, s. 2008
1-31National Disaster and Preparedness MonthDM 69, s. 2015 EO 137, s. 1999
National Nutrition MonthPP 491, s. 1974
DM 62, s. 2015
4Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Marcelo H. Del PilarAO 23, s. 2011
7-11Science and Technology WeekDM308, s. 2008
12Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Vicente Abad SantosAO 23, s. 2011
17-23National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation WeekPP 361, s. 2000 PP 1870, s. 1979 PP 361, s. 2000
22Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Dela Cruz fHermano Puli]AO 23, s. 2011
23Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Apolinario MabiniRA 9430 AO 33, s. 2012 DM 130, s. 2013 PP 361, s. 2000
23Commemoration of the Philippine-Japan Friendship DayAO 23, s. 2011
24-28Career Guidance WeekDO 25, s. 2013
Last WeekLinggo ng Musikang PilipinoPP 933, s. 2014
1-31Buwan ng Wikang PambansaProklamasyon Big. 1041, s. 1997 DM 24, s. 2016
History MonthPP 339, s. 2012
National Adolescent Immunization MonthHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
National Tuberculosis Awareness Month
Sight Saving MonthPP 40, s. 1954
1Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of President Manuel L. QuezonAO 23, s. 2011
7-13ASEAN WeekPP 1008, s. 2007 DM 143, s. 2013
9National Indigenous People's DayRA 10689
19Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Manuel L. QuezonRA 6741 DM 127, s. 2013
30Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Marcelo H. Del PilarAO 23, s. 2011
30Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of San Juan Del Monte
31Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay
White Cane Safety DayRA 6759 DM 77, s. 2015
1-30National Peace Consciousness MonthPP 675, s. 2004
1-7National Crime Prevention WeekPP 461, s. 1994 DM 158, s. 2013
September 5-October 5National Teacher's MonthPP 242, s. 2011 DM 99, s. 2015
Second weekNational Suicide Prevention DayHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
15Commemoration of the Opening of Malolos CongressPP 246, s. 2011
21Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial LawAO 30, s. 2012 PP 1081, s. 1972
25-30Linggo ng KabataanPP 99, s. 1992
26-30Linggo ng Kasuotang FilipinoPP 675, s. 2005 DM 179, s. 2013
27Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Gen. Miguel MalvarAO 23, s. 2011 DM 146, s. 2014
28Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of President Diosdado MacapagalAO 23, s. 2011
Last week of SeptemberFamily WeekPP 60 s. 1992
1-31Consumers Welfare MonthPP 1098, s. 1997 DM111, s. 2015
National Health MonthDM 174, s. 2012
National Indigenous Peoples (IP) MonthPP 1906, s. 2009
1-7Elderly Filipino WeekPP 470, s. 1994
5World Teachers' DayRA 10743
DM 99, s. 2015
DM32, s. 2016
6Global Hand Washing DayDM 119, s. 2015
17-20Commemoration of the Leyte Gulf LandingPP 653, s. 1995 AO 108, s. 1994
20Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Artemio RicarteAO 23, s. 2011
24Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Juan Luna
25Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Leon Apacible
29Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Antonio Luna
(tentative)Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness WeekPP 489, s. 2012 DM122, s. 2015
tentative) * 3rd week of JuneNational Health Education WeekDM174, s. 2012
1-30Filipino Values MonthPP 479, s. 1994
Malaria Awareness MonthPP 1168, s. 2006
RA 10661
DM 63, s. 2015
DM 124, s. 2015
National Environment Awareness MonthRA 9512 DM 14, s. 2014
National Reading MonthDM 145, s. 2012
7-10National Observance of Deaf Awareness WeekPP 829, s. 1991 DM176, s. 2012
16Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of President Elpidio QuirinoPP 967, s. 2015
25National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children fVAWC)RA10398
Nov 25-Dec 1218-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women fVAW)
27Araw nq PaqbasaRA 10556
25-29 Fourth weekNational Week for the Gifted and TalentedPP 199, s. 1999
Last weekNational Music Week for Young ArtistsPP 25, s. 1998 DM20, s. 2014
1-31Firecrackers Injury Prevention MonthHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
Rizal MonthPP 126, s. 2001
1World AIDS dayDM 270, s. 2011
3International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesPD 1157, s. 2006
4-10National Human Rights Consciousness WeekRA 9201 DM152, s. 2015
11 Second SundayNational Children's Day of BroadcastingRA 8296
7-12Education WeekPP 2399, s. 1985
(tentative)Historical, Cultural and Arts Festival of ExcellencePP 126, s. 2001
1-31Food Conservation MonthPP1398, s. 1975
Physical Fitness and Sports Development MonthEO 63, s. 1993
Zero Waste MonthHealth Calendar 2016 (DOH)
18-24National Cancer Consciousness WeekPP 1348, s. 1975
20-27National Autism Consciousness WeekPP 711, s. 1996 DM 5, s. 2016
23Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Inauguration of the First Philippine RepublicPP 533, s. 2013 PP 523, s. 2012
1-28National Arts MonthPP 683, s. 1991 DM25, s. 2016
National Dental Health MonthPP 559, s. 2004 DM 7, s. 2013
National Heart MonthPP 1096, s. 1973
4Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Baldomero AguinaldoAO 23
6Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo
7Adoption Consciousness CelebrationPP 72, s. 1999
12-18Leprosy Control WeekPP 467, s. 1965
13-17National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and ExploitationPP 731, s. 1996 DM 5, s. 2015
14-20National Children with Intellectual Disabilities WeekPP 1385, s. 1975
17Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of GOMBURZAPP 204, s. 2002
22-25EDSA People Power AnniversaryAO 47, s. 2002 PP 1224, s. 2007 PP 1105, s. 2015
26Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Baldomero AguinaldoAO 23, s. 2011
29Reinterment of Remains of Elpidio Quirino
1-31Fire Prevention MonthPP 115-A, s. 1966
National Women's MonthRA 6949
PP 224, s. 1988
PP 227, s. 1988
DM 28, s.2014
7Girl Child WeekPP 759, s. 1996
DM 110, s. 1999
9Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Paciano RizalPP 1737, s. 2009
17Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of President Ramon MagsaysayAO 23, s. 2011
22Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo
(tentative]Global Money WeekDM91, s. 2015
2Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Francisco "Balagtas" BaltazarPP 964, s. 1997 DM 13, s.2014
10Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of General Isidoro TorresAO 23, s. 2011
5-11Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week

Old Update May 16, 2018:

Mandated by RA 7797 to lengthen the school calendar from 200 days to not more than 220 class days, the number of school days for SY 2018-2019 is set to be 205. Classes shall begin on the first Monday of June.

For SY 2018-2019, DepEd requires all public and private elementary and secondary schools to comply strictly with the180 class days non-negotiable contact time for actual teaching and learning and the remaining 25 class days for quarterly examinations, parent-teachers conferences, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and the semestral break in-service training with a minimum of 205 class days a year.

This is an unofficial advisory. The official DepEd school calendar for SY 2018-2019 will be posted in this site as soon as the official DepEd Order is released this week.


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