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DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2022-2023

The Department of Education (DepEd) issues the School Calendar and Activities for the School Year (SY) 2022-2023 in accordance with its commitment to the resumption of 5 days in-person classes despite the health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pursuant to Republic Act 11480, An Act Amending Section 3 of RA No. 7797, otherwise known as “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More Than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days”, the School Year 2022-2023 shall formally open on Monday, August 22, 2022, and shall end on July 7, 2023. It shall consist of 203 school days or as may be determined by further issuance/s in case of changes in the school calendar due to unforeseen circumstances.

Unless otherwise amended, the period of the SY 2023-2024 will start from August 28, 2023 to June 28, 2024 and SY 2024-2025 will be from August 26, 2024 up to June 27, 2025. A separate DepEd Order (DO) shall be issued for the School Calendars of the respective school years above.

The learning intervention for Alternative Learning System (ALS) shall formally open on the same date while the program duration will depend on the learner’s educational background or existing knowledge level prior to enrolling in the ALS program.

Private schools and state/local universities and colleges may implement this school calendar, provided they start classes not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August. Any deviation from the school calendar shall be reported to the respective Regional Offices in advance.

The number of school days in this DO shall solely be dedicated to academics and related co-curricular activities. The conduct of extra-curricular activities shall be strictly prohibited. The list of co-curricular activities will be issued in a separate DO.

This DO shall apply regardless of the COVID-19 alert level imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases or the Department of Health in areas where schools are located.

The Implementing Guidelines on the SY 2022-2023 Calendar and Activities are provided in Enclosure No. 1 to ensure that the number of school days required for curriculum operations and academic-related activities are properly complied with. It likewise ensures that schools are given the necessary information on how to manage certain situations involving COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

In preparation for the opening of classes, Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela shall be conducted, focusing on information campaigns and strengthening partnerships that complement the Department’s effort to ensure quality basic education.

This DepEd Order shall take effect immediately upon issuance and publication on the DepEd website and shall be registered with the Office of the National Administrative Register (ONAR)

For any clarifications or inquiries, please contact the Office of the Director IV, Bureau of Learning Delivery, 4th Floor, Bonifacio Building, DepEd Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City through the email address at bld.od@deped.gov.ph or telephone numbers (02) 8636-6540/8637-4347.

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

SARA Z. DUTERTE
Secretary

READ:

  1. DepEd Enrollment Guidelines for School Year 2022-2023
  2. DepEd Enrollment Procedures for School Year 2022-2023
  3. DepEd Enhanced Basic Education Enrollment Form for SY 2022-2023

IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES ON THE SCHOOL CALENDAR AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2022-2023

I. RATIONALE

The Department of Education (DepEd) ensures the effective implementation of the K to 12 curriculum amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. It has been advocating the government’s initiative to encourage strict adherence to public health protocols while implementing policies that ensure the delivery of accessible, responsive, and quality education throughout this heath crisis.

Recognizing the COVID-19 pandemic vis-a-vis the need to resume 5 days in-person classes, the DepEd intends for schools to be given ample time to slowly transition into it.

Schools and community learning centers (CLCs) are urged to adhere to the school calendar to comply with the required number of school days to attain the learning standards.

This Policy is intended to provide schools and CLCs with direction and guidance in the re-opening of classes, the gradual introduction of 5 days in-person learning modality, and the organizing of curricular and co-curricular operations within the required number of school days.

II. SCOPE

These Implementing Guidelines on the School Calendar and Activities for School Year 2022-2023 shall apply to public and private elementary and secondary schools, including CLCs nationwide. Private schools and state/local universities and colleges (SUCs/LUCs) may implement this school calendar. They may start classes not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August.

III. DEFINITION OF TERMS

For this policy, the following terms are operationally defined as follows:

Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM)

are instructional or learning modalities that do not strictly follow the typical set-up for regular classroom instruction but follow the K to 12 Curriculum of formal education in content. It caters to learners who are in unique circumstances that hinder them from regularly attending classes inside the classroom. (DepEd Order [DO] 21, s. 2019, Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program)

Blended Learning

refers to a learning delivery that combines in-person with any mix of online distance learning, modular distance learning, and TV/Radio-based instruction.

Co-curricular Activities

are authorized, voluntary, and non-graded engagements, whether on or off-campus, that reinforce the development of 21st-century skills beyond the scheduled contact time between teachers and learners. The activities must be anchored on the curriculum’s content and performance standards. They are considered extension of formal learning experiences and are provided to tap into and enrich the varied intelligences and skills of the learners. (DO 21, s. 2019, Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program)

Curricular Activities

are opportunities and experiences undertaken by the learners in the classrooms, laboratories, workshops, and homes as well as school-based and out-of-school activities conducted to ensure the learners’ acquisition of the K to 12 learning standards and the 21st-century skills. (DO 21, s. 2019)

Distance Learning

refers to a learning delivery modality where learning takes place between the teacher and the learners who are geographically remote from each other during instruction. It includes Modular Distance Learning (MDL), Online Distance Learning (ODL), television (TV)/Radio-Based Instruction, and Blended Distance Learning.

Exit Assessment

is a standardized set of examinations taken by learners in Years 6, 10, and 12. The test, which covers 21st-centuiy skills, is designed to determine if learners are meeting the learning standards outlined in the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

Extra-Curricular Activities

are voluntary, non-graded learner engagements that are not anchored on the content and performance standards in the curriculum and are offered/coordinated by the school to promote the learner’s holistic development.

Homeschooling Program

is one among the ADMs under the Flexible Learning Options of public and private elementary and secondary schools where the learner’s education is managed by parents/guardians and happens primarily at home.(DO 1, s. 2022)

In-person Classes

refers to conducting classes through instructional interaction that occurs physically and in real-time between teachers and students in the classroom.

In-Service Training (INSET)

refers to a modality of professional development that aims to continually develop, enhance, and improve the competency of teachers, non-teaching personnel, and school leaders through formal or informal professional development activities designed around specific work-related development objectives. Preferably, formal and structured INSET should undergo quality assurance by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP), the professional development arm for teachers and school leaders in the Department of Education.

Parent-Teacher Conference

refers to an opportunity to bring parents and teachers together in partnership to support the learners’ holistic success in the school. Teachers shall discuss with the parents the academic progress and social behavior of students, as well as showcase their outputs.

School day

is a day devoted to instructionally-relevant activities pursuant to engaging students in learning the lessons of the curriculum. (DO 9, s. 2005, Instituting Measures to Increase Engaged Time-on-Task and Ensuring Compliance Therewith)

IV. POLICY STATEMENT

The Department of Education issues these policy guidelines to ensure that all public and private schools, as well as non-DepEd schools offering basic education, adhere to the number of school days required to implement the curriculum and allowed co-curricular activities throughout the school year. These policy guidelines ensure that school days are devoted to instructionally-relevant activities that support learners in attaining the learning standards. Further, the guidelines are issued for schools to gradually re-open to 5 days in-person classes and slowly transition to full operational capacity during the pandemic.

V. GENERAL GUIDELINES

The School Year 2022-2023 shall formally start on Monday, August 22, 2022, and end on Friday, July 7, 2023. There shall be a total of 203 days or as may be determined by further issuance/s in case of changes in the school calendar due to unforeseen circumstances.

No inspections, tools, or any additional requirements to re-open schools and to implement 5 days in-person classes shall be required, except for the compliance with the usual pre-pandemic regulatory permits and licenses, as required by law or ordinances.

Classes are immediately suspended during observances of regular and special national holidays as stipulated by the law, as well as, local holidays which have been duly declared by law or Presidential Proclamation.

This DepEd Order (DO) shall apply regardless of the COVID-19 alert level that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases or the Department of Health (DOH) may impose in the areas where schools are situated.

In the Alternative Learning System (ALS), learning intervention shall formally open on the same date, August 22, 2022. The program duration will be dependent on the learner’s educational background or existing knowledge level prior to enrollment in the ALS program.

Private schools and state/local universities and colleges (SUCs/LUCs) offering basic education have the choice to implement or deviate from this school calendar. They may start classes not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August, as provided for under RA 11480. Any deviation from the school calendar shall be reported to the respective Regional Offices (ROs) in advance, along with the updated school’s Learning Continuity Plan reflecting the learning delivery modalities and class programs that will be adopted and the school’s proposed school calendar for SY 2022-2023.

DepEd Order No. 34, s. 2022 – DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2022-2023

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