DepEd schedules semestral break for public elementary, high schools

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday public schools can have a semestral break between October 26 and November 2, but stressed the need for schools to comply with the 180 teaching-learning days in the academic calendar.

In a statement, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said public elementary and high schools can schedule a semestral break which starts on October 26 and ends on November 3, as per DepEd Memo No. 28 series of 2011.

Schools must, however, have a total of 202 school days, 180 of which must be teaching-learning days, by the end of the school year.

The 22-day difference is an allowance for national and local events and celebrations, achievement tests, and class suspensions due to calamities, the DepEd said.

“For schools which suffered from class interruption due to typhoons and other natural calamities, the local DepEd officials must find a way to make up for the missed school days  and ensure that they abide by what is prescribed in the DepEd calendar of activities,” the education chief said in a statement.

Private elementary and secondary schools are also required to have 180 contact days. –

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