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  • DepEd Releases Guidelines, Calendar for School Year 2020-2021

    All schools need a learning continuity plan in case face-to-face classes are still not allowed.
    by Rachel Perez .
DepEd Releases Guidelines, Calendar for School Year 2020-2021
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  • The Department of Education (DepEd) has released the implementing guidelines for the upcoming school year 2020-2021. This will be the first time the school year opens under community quarantine due to COVID-19, and the school calendar is not as full as it used to be.

    The Education Department earlier said that it's considering a simpler currilucum and will be using other modes of teaching and learning, such as radio, tv, and online avenues such as DepEd Commons. Teachers would also have to rely heavily on the parents as students may need to do a lot of the tasks at home.

    The implementing guidelines for school year 2020-2021

    As earlier announced, the school year 2020-2021 officially starts on August 24, 2020, and will end on April 30, 2021. Students will have a total of 203 class days, and these may include Saturday classes, if necessary, via distance learning. Classes for students using the Alternative Learning System (ALS) will start on the same day, but the duration of the program would depend on the learner's pace.

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    Private schools and state local universities and colleges may start online classes as early as the first Monday of June. No face-to-face classes can start earlier than August 24.

    Face-to-face class should only have a maximum of 15 to 20 students per class

    Schools that are allowed to conduct face-to-face classes must comply with the minimum health standards set by the guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH), the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), and the Office of The President. They need to submit plans on how they can comply with the minimum health standards and a learning continuity plan in case face-to-face classes are not allowed.

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    When face-to-face classes are allowed and conducted, each class should only have a maximum of 15 to 20 students, who shall properly practice social and physical distancing measures by the DOH. 

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    All school activities that involve mass gatherings are cancelled

    According to DepEd Order No.007 series of 2020, enrollment for the school year 2020 to 2021 will be conducted on June 1 to 30. This includes students who participated in the early registration for incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 students.

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    Due to the COVID-19 situation, school activities that involve mass gatherings will not push through. These include science fairs, school sports, campus journalism, job fairs, career orientation, and other similar activities. A lot of the other tests that students need to take also depends on whether it will be allowed under IATF rules. 

    Parent-teacher conferences may be done online or face-to-face but subject to social and physical distancing rules. Report cards may also be given in person, when possible. Grades may also be uploaded online or sent to students, parents, and guardians in consideration of school records confidentiality.

    DepEd School Calendar for 2020-2021

    June 2020

    June 1 - Start of Brigada Eskwwla and Oplan Balik Eskwela
    June 12 - Independence Day
    TBA - Special administration of Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT), if allowed under IATF rules
    June 1 to 30 - Enrollment

    July 2020

    TBA - Eid-ul-Adha

    August 2020

    August 3 to 15 - Orientation of learners on the utilization of alternative modalities and materials
    August 17 o 22 - Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
    August 21 - Ninoy Aquino Day
    TBA - Career Assessment of Grade 9 students
    August 24 - Start of teaching and learning activities
    August 31 - National Heroes Day
    August 29 - End of Brigada Eskwwla and Oplan Balik Eskwela

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    September 2020

    TBA - Oplan Kalusugan sa DepEd

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    October 2020

    October 5 - World Teacher's Day
    October 15 to 16 - First Quarter Examination 

    November 2020

    November 1 - All Saints' Day
    November 2 - All Souls' Day
    November 7 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
    November 27 - Araw ng Pagbasa
    November 30 - Bonifacio Day

    December 2020

    December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
    December 10-11 - Second Quarter Examination 
    December 19 - Start of Christmas break
    December 24 - Christmas Eve
    December 25 - Christmas Day
    December 30 - Rizal Day
    December 31 - New Year's Eve

    January 2021

    January 1 - New Year's Day
    January 4 - Resumption of classes
    January 9 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
    3rd Week of January - NCAE, if allowed under IATF rules
    4th Week of January - NAT, if allowed under IATF rules
    January 30 - Start of early registration for the school year 2021-2022

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    February 2021

    1st week of February - PEPT, if allowed under IATF rules
    1st to 2nd week of February - Supreme Pupil Government (SPG)/Supreme Student Government (SSG) Election
    February 12 - Chinese New year
    February 24 and 26 - Thrid Quarter Examination
    February 25 - EDSA People Power Anniversary

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    March 2021

    March 13 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
    TBA - NAT for Grade 6 and Grade 10, if allowed under IATF rules
    TBA - Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA), if allowed under IATF rules

    April 2021

    April 1 - Maundy Thursday
    April 2 - Good Friday
    April 9 - Araw ng Kagitingan
    April 15-16 - Fourth Quarter Examination for Grade 6, 10, and 12
    April 22-23 - Fourth Quarter Examination for Grades 1-5, and 7 to 11
    April 26-30 - End of School Year Rites
    3rd week of April - Administration of accreditation and equivalency (A&E) test, if allowed under IATF rules 
    April 30 - Last Day of Classes/Parent-Teacher Conferences

    May 2021

    May 1 - Labor Day
    May 3 - Start of Remedial/Enrichment Summer Classes
    TBA - National Schools Press Conference (NSPC)/ National Festival of Talents (NFOT) (Online)
    TBA - Palarong Pambasa, where possible
    TBA - Eid-ul-Fitr
    TBA - Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik Eskwela

    June 2021

    June 11 - End of Remedial/Enrichment Summer Classes

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