NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS ON JUNE 3

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MARK AN­THONY O. DEGUINON

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) has an­nounced that the open­ing day of all pub­lic schools na­tion­wide will be on June 3, 2019.

Pri­vate schools may de­vi­ate from this School Cal­en­dar, but 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.

The said schools should no­tify in ad­vance their re­spec­tive re­gional of­fices (ROs) re­gard­ing any de­vi­a­tion from the school cal­en­dar.

Im­ple­ment­ing Guide­lines on the SY 2019-2020 Cal­en­dar of Ac­tiv­i­ties have been dis­sem­i­nated 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/ ac­tiv­i­ties and hol­i­days, pro­vided that the ac­tiv­i­ties are ben­e­fi­cial to the teach­ing-learn­ing process, and that the to­tal num­ber of class days shall not be com­pro­mised.

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.

The im­ple­ment­ing guide­lines state that 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.

It also states that 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 3.

Mean­while, 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 2020.

How­ever, the date for the end of the school year is yet to be an­nounced, as well as the num­ber of school days in­clu­sive of the five-day In-Ser­vice Train­ing and three days of Par­ent-Teacher Con­fer­ences (PTC).

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The au­thor is Teacher

II at Pam­panga High School

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