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DepEd releases calendar for school year 2016-2017

School opening set for June 13, 2016

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that academic year 2016-2017 for elementary and high schools throughout the country will begin on June 13, 2016 and end on April 7, 2017.

This was outlined in DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro’s Department Order No.23-2016 which was released April 22. According to Luistro, students will have 202 class days for the next school year, which is in line with the number of school days required by Republic Act 7797.

This includes the five-day in-service training or INSET for teachers, which is typically scheduled to coincide with the week where All Saints’ Day falls (it will be from October 24 to 28, 2016).

deped school calendar 2016-2017

The Department of Education has released the school calendar for academic year 2016-2017 (Photo taken from DepEd’s Facebook page)

Just like in previous years, Luistro noted that private schools can deviate from DepEd’s official calendar provided that they begin classes not earlier than June 6 and not later than August 31. Administrators of private schools are required to notify the DepEd regional office where they are located if they choose to do so.

While schools are allowed to observe national and local celebrations, holidays and advocacy activities other than those listed in DepEd’s school calendar, the number of school days should not be affected.
“Make-up classes can be conducted to compensate for the school days spent for activities deemed beneficial to the learning-teaching process. Likewise, make-up classes are recommended in lieu of no-school days due to occurrence of a natural and man-made calamities,” Luistro explained in the order, adding that the mechanism for conducting these make-up classes must be agreed upon by school administrators and parents.
The incoming school year is significant in the history of DepEd because this is the first time that the Senior High School curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 will be in place.

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