Students of public elementary and high schools all over the country will enjoy a semester break of almost two weeks beginning October 22, Saturday. This is stipulated in the Department of Education (DepEd)’s official calendar for school year 2016 to 2017.
The school break will be from October 22 until November 1. Classes are set to resume on November 2 (Wednesday) unless President Rodrigo Duterte declares the said date as a special non-working holiday to pave the way for a five-day Halloween weekend.
All Souls Day falls on November 2, and many Filipinos prefer to visit their departed loved ones on this day because cemeteries are far less congested by then.
It must be noted that only students will actually go on a break during these days. Teachers and school officials are mandated by DepEd to conduct a midyear assessment and to organize a week-long series of seminar-workshops called INSET or in-service training. The theme for Batasan Hills National High School’s INSET 2016 is “Enhancing Educators’ Capabilities as Partners for Change,” which was conceptualized by yours truly.
The education department had previously stressed that private schools can deviate from the official calendar as long as they begin classes not earlier than June 1 and not later than August 31. Private schools are also mandated to meet the minimum of 200 school days required throughout the term.