MANILA, Philippines – The classes for School Year (SY) 2015- 2016 will start on June 1, 2015 and will end on April 1, 2016, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced.
According to reports, DepEd has officially declared the schedule of school events and activities for SY 2015-2016 under the DepEd Order No. 9 series of 2015 dated April 1.
The school calendar states that classes will start on the first Monday of June for public elementary and secondary schools, and will end on Friday, April 1, 2016.
The contents in Enclosure No. 1 of the calendar include the list of different school activities and events, as well as the number of school days per quarter.
“The core events and activities for this SY, which represent the actual teaching-learning days, shall be strictly observed in all schools,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.
Luistro said the coming school year will consist of 201 school days, including the five days break for In-Service Training or INSET.
He noted that private schools “may deviate from this School Calendar”. He also clarified that under the Republic Act (RA) No. 7797 or the Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More Than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days, private schools “may not begin their classes earlier than the first Monday of June and later than the last day of August.”
“They should notify the appropriate DepEd officials in advance regarding any deviation,” Luistro added.
Meanwhile, Enclosure No. 2 provides specific guidelines for the school to effectively conduct or implement school events and activities, and “allow the regional offices (ROs) and schools division offices (SDOs) to provide support to the schools, especially in the areas of instruction and progress monitoring and evaluation.”
Enclosure No. 3, on the other hand, states that the given number of school days should not be compromised, unless natural and man-made calamities occurred.