NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS ON JUNE 3
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).
The author is Teacher
II at Pampanga High School