President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the proposal of Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones to set September 13, 2021 as the opening date for school year (SY) 2021-2022.

We thank the President for his full support to the delivery of quality basic education for the incoming school year,” DepEd said in a statement released Friday morning (July 16). The department mentioned that Duterte chose September 13 over other options – which presumably includes the department’s original choice of August 23.

DepEd likewise added that it will release the official school calendar for SY 2021-2022 in the coming weeks, and The Filipino Scribe will be reporting on it if and when it becomes available..

It also reiterated that private schools and non-DepEd public schools can already start their classes for SY 2021-2022 as long as there are no face-to-face classes and that the school will be strictly implementing only distance learning modalities. These private schools and non-DepEd public schools are required to submit relevant documents to the Regional Director in their respective areas.

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September 13, 2021 is the opening date for School year 2021-2022 (Photo credits: Department of Education)

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