The Department of Education (DepEd) Philippines announced the School Calendar for School Year 2019-2020. The opening day of all public schools nationwide will be on June 3, 2019.
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DEPED SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020
DepEd Order No. 7, s. 2019
Education Minister, BARMM
Bureau and Service Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned
- The School Year (SY) 2019-2020 shall formally open on Monday, June 3, 2019 and shall end on Friday, April 3, 2020. It shall consist of 203 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET), the three days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences to be conducted within the school year, and the World Teachers’ Day; provided, that during the five-day INSET, students shall be given advance reading for the attainment of learning objectives.
- Private schools may deviate from this School Calendar. However, they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June nor later than the last day of August, as provided in Republic Act (R.A.) 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.
- The Implementing Guidelines on the SY 2019-2020 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.
- Schools may observe national and local celebrations other than those indicated in Enclosure Nos. 2 and 3, provided that these are beneficial to the learners. In this regard, ROs may issue a supplemental calendar to reflect their local events.
- To compensate for unplanned suspension of classes such as natural and manmade calamities, the Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) or make-up classes are recommended to be undertaken. The conduct of such activities must be agreed upon by school heads, teachers and concerned parents.
- Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
(Enclosure No. 1 to DepEd Order No. 7, s. 2019)
IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES ON THE SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020
1) The Department of Education (DepEd) ensures the effective implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum for every learner to acquire quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education. The implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum provides opportunity and sufficient time for the learner to acquire and master lifelong learning skills for the 21st century as well as time for other learning opportunities beyond the classroom for more holistic development, and/or to prepare the graduates for higher education, middle level skills development, and the world of work. Hence, schools are encouraged to adhere to the school calendar to comply with the required number of school days for the optimum attainment of the learning standards as well as to ensure the observance of national/local school events and activities/celebrations. The school calendar also reflects the events and monthly celebrations/observances for the year.
2) The policy aims to provide direction and guidance to schools in planning their respective activities relative to curricular operations and other celebrations/observances within the required number of school days.
3) The implementing guidelines for this school calendar shall be applicable to both public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
4) Private schools may deviate from this School Calendar. However, they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June nor 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.
III. Definition of Terms
5) For the purpose of this policy, the operational definition of the following terms are as follows:
a. Awards Committee – a committee organized by the school head to establish processes of, standards, and timelines in determining qualifiers for awards as well as to deliberate on the qualifications of candidates for awards and recognition.
b. Co-curricular Activities – activities and learning experiences that are undertaken side by side with the curricular activities. These learning experiences complement what learners are learning in school.
c. Curricular Activities – opportunities and experiences undertaken by the learners in the classrooms, laboratories, and workshops, as well as school-based and out-ofschool activities conducted to ensure the learners’ acquisition of the K to 12 learning standards and the 21st century skills.
d. Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA) – an assessment administered at the end of Grade 3 as a key stage assessment to determine if learners are meeting the learning standards in early language, literacy, and numeracy.
e. Exit Assessment – a standardized set of examinations taken by learners in Years 6, 10, and 12. The test, which covers the 21st century skills, is designed to determine if learners are meeting the learning standards set forth in the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
f. In-Service Training (INSET) – a learning and development activity for teachers and staff that may include seminars, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and Learning Action Cells that are designed to update their knowledge, skills and competencies that will result to considerable evidence of improved teaching-learning and instructional leadership practices which enhance learners’ performance and competency levels.
g. National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) – an aptitude test geared towards providing information through test results for self-assessment, career awareness, and career guidance of Grade 9 students of the K to 12 Program.
h. Parent-Teacher Conference – an opportunity to bring parents and teachers together in partnership to support learners’ academic success and happiness. Teachers shall discuss with the parents the academic progress and social behavior of their children and showcase the outputs of the learners.
IV. Policy Statement
6) The DepEd hereby issues these guidelines to ensure that the number of school days required for curriculum operations and school-related activities are complied with and standard school events and celebrations/observances are being conducted during the school year to ensure quality teaching and holistic learning.
7) The School Year (SY) 2019-2020 shall formally open on Monday, June 3, 2019 and shall end on Friday, April 3, 2020. It shall consist of 203 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET), the three days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences to be conducted within the school year, and the World Teachers’ Day; provided, that during the five-day INSET, students shall be given advance reading for the attainment of learning objectives.
8) Corollary to the K to 12 goal for the holistic development of the learner, schools are encouraged to organize curricular non-classroom-based activities that involve learners such as science fairs, showcase of portfolios, trade fairs, school sports, campus journalism, festival of talents, job fairs, career orientation, and other similar activities.
9) Parent-Teacher Conferences shall be done every Second Saturday after the Quarterly Examinations, except on the last conference in April 2020. It will be used as a venue to apprise the parents on the performance of their children and ensure their involvement in school activities. These conferences shall be conducted alongside with the Distribution of Report Cards and conduct of curricular non-classroom based activities where feasible and appropriate.
10) A general assembly shall be conducted by all schools at the beginning of the school year to orient stakeholders on the vision, mission, and core values of DepED, as well as curriculum, co-curricular programs, and ancillary services that support learners’ development and other continuous improvement initiatives, and to generate proposals. A year-end General Assembly is also encouraged to present the School Report Card (SRC) and consult the assembly on how to better achieve the vision, goals, and objectives.
11) Deworming of children in school shall be conducted in the months of July 2019 and January 2020.
12) Career guidance activities shall be conducted between July and November 2019 to guide Grades 9 and 10 students in making informed choices on their preferred Senior High School track. College and middle level skills fair, job fair, business and entrepreneurship expo, and similar activities shall be conducted during the last quarter of the school year to ensure placement of Grade 12 students in their preferred curriculum exits.
13) At the end of the Second Quarter, a semestral break for learners shall be observed to evaluate individual teachers and their collective performance, as well as to conduct the School-based In-Service Training (INSET) activities for their continuing professional development and for the preparation of their Instructional Materials (IMs).
14) The Christmas break shall begin on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Classes shall resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.
15) To ensure quality of learning, formative assessments shall be regularly conducted by the teachers. At 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 (MT), Filipino and English, and Exit Assessments such as National Achievement Tests (NAT) for Grades 6 and 10, and the Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) for Grade 12, to determine if learners are meeting the learning standards set forth in the K to 12 Basic Education Program. The Regional Offices (ROs) and Schools Division Offices (SDOs) are encouraged to administer the ELLNA for the MT.
16) The summer/remedial classes shall begin on Monday, April 13, 2020 and end on Friday, May 22, 2020.
17) Deliberation of awards and recognition may be conducted two weeks before the graduation or moving-up ceremonies by the School Awards Committee (AC) for the following:
a. Learners who will receive recognition and awards; and
b. Learners who are candidates for graduation.
18) Accomplishment of year-end financial clearance of learners is strictly prohibited in accordance with the Department’s No Collection Policy.
19) In preparation for the opening of classes for the coming SY 2020-2021, the schools shall conduct the following activities:
a. Early Registration of learners beginning on the last Saturday of January in the schools where they wish to study, as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018;
b. Brigada Eskwela (date to be announced) to enable the community and the school to prepare their facilities before the start of another school year.
20) In Enclosure No. 2, a calendar is presented with the following markings on relevant dates:
a. Declared holidays and weekdays with no classes (X).
b. Days with school activities for teachers, personnel, and other stakeholders (□).
c. Days that are subject to Presidential Proclamation (4″)
21) Attached is Enclosure 3 listing the celebrations/observances provided by law. Schools are encouraged to integrate such celebrations/observances in curricular activities as reasonable and appropriate.
VI. Monitoring and Evaluation
22) The Curriculum Learning Management Division of the ROs and the Curriculum Implementation Division of the SDOs shall monitor the compliance of schools with the provisions of these guidelines. Queries on these guidelines shall be addressed to the Office of the Director IV, Bureau of Learning Delivery, via email address firstname.lastname@example.org or at telephone numbers 637-4346 and 637-4347.
23) This Policy shall take effect immediately upon publication in the DepEd website.
D.O. No. 25, s. 2018, School Calendar for School Year 2017-2018
DEPED SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019–2020 (DepEd Order No. 7, s. 2019)
|May 27 to June 7, 2019||Oplan Balik Eskwela|
|May 20-25, 2019||Brigada Eskwela|
|1st General Assembly and Parent-Teacher Conference|
|Beginning of classes|
|Independence Day (regular holiday)|
|Eid’l Fitr (regular holiday)|
|Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA)|
|Special Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT for Independence Day)|
|Deworming of School Children|
|First Quarter Examinations|
|Distribution of Report Cards and 2nd Parent-Teacher Conference|
|21||Ninoy Aquino Day (special nonworking holiday)|
|Eid’l Adha (regular holiday)|
|27||National Heroes Day (regular holiday)|
|National Career Assessment Examination for Grade 9|
|5||World Teachers’ Day|
|Second Quarter Examinations|
|Start of Sembreak|
|In-Service Training for Teachers|
|Distribution of Report Cards and 3rd Parent-Teacher Conference|
|Resumption of Classes|
|Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A&E)|
|1||All Saints Day (special non-working holiday)|
|2||All Souls Day (special non-working holiday)|
|Administration of PEPT (regular)|
|Basic Education Exit Assessment for Grade 12|
|30||Bonifacio Day (regular holiday)|
|Start of Christmas Break|
|30||Rizal Day (regular holiday)|
|Entire Month||Deworming of school children|
|Resumption of classes|
|Third Quarter Examinations|
|Distribution of Cards (Parent-Teacher) Conference|
|Early Registration for Kindergarten to Grade 12|
|National School Press Conference (NSPC)|
|National Festival of Talents (NFOT)|
|25||Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day (Special non-working holiday)|
|Supreme-Pupil Government/Supreme-Student Government Election (First to Second Week)|
|Fourth Quarter Examinations for Grades 6 and 12|
|Fourth Quarter for Grades 1-5 & 7-11|
|National Achievement Test (NAT) for Grade 6 and 10|
|End of School Year Rites|
|Last Day of Classes for SY 2019-2020|
|9||Araw ng Kagitingan (regular holiday)|
|Distribution of Report Cards and 5th Parent-Teacher Conference|
|Start of Summer Classes|
|Maundy Thursday and Good Friday|
|1||Labor Day (regular holiday)|
|Tentative||Oplan Balik Eskwela|
|End of Summer Classes|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF SCHOOL DAYS|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF CLASS DAYS|