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DepEd: School Year 2022-2023 opens August 22

The Department of Education (DepEd) announces through DepEd Order No. 34, s. 2022 that all classes in public elementary and high schools will resume on August 22, 2022 and shall end on July 7, 2023.

Preparation for SY 2022-2023

In preparation for the opening of classes for SY 2022-2023, public schools shall conduct the following activities on the following dates:

Enrollment, which shall be held from July 25, 2022 to August 22, 2022. A separate set of guidelines on enrollment for SY 2022-2023 shall be issued; and

Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela, which shall focus on an information campaign, preparations, and strengthening partnerships that complement the Department’s effort to ensure quality basic education. The Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela shall be conducted on August 1-26, 2022 and August 15, 2022, respectively.

Public schools that were already implementing the 5 days in-person classes at the end of SY 2021-2022 shall continue to do the same at the beginning of the incoming school year.

Recognizing the COVID-19 pandemic vis-a-vis the need to resume to 5 days in-person classes, the DepEd intends for schools to be given ample time to slowly transition into it by implementing any of the following options:

  • 5 days of in-person classes;
  • Blended learning modality:
    • 3 days of in-person classes and 2 days of distance learning (modular, online, or television/radio-based instruction); and thereafter, 4 days of in-person classes and 1 day of distance learning (modular, online, or television/radio-based instruction)
      • e.g. Mondays to Wednesdays (in-person classes) and Thursdays to to Fridays (distance learning).
      • e.g. Mondays to Thursdays (in-person classes) and Friday (distance learning).
  • Full Distance Learning.

The abovementioned options shall only be implemented by schools until October 31, 2022.

Starting November 2, 2022, all public and private schools shall have transitioned to 5 days in-person classes. After the said date, no school shall be allowed to implement purely distance learning or blended learning except for those that are implementing Alternative Delivery Modes as provided for in DO 21, s. 2019 entitled “Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program” and DO 01s. 2022 entitled “Revised Policy Guidelines on Homeschooling Program.”

The time allotment for in-person class hours shall be based on Annex 1 (Elementary Education) and Annex 2 (Secondary Education) of DO 21, s. 2019.

The transition to 5 days in-person classes presents learners with new stressors and challenges. This entails adjustment to the school environment, learning modality, and additional safety protocols, as well as managing the mix of pleasant and difficult feelings. Hence, providing psychosocial support during the first week of the school year is imperative in promoting, protecting, and prioritizing the learners’ socio-emotional well-being, and developing their coping skills for this transition. The DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service will organize an online orientation and learning session for K-12 teachers on how to conduct psychosocial support activities for learners, using the Psychosocial Support Activity Pack that the office developed with MAGIS Creatives.

READ MORE: DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2022-2023

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