The Department of Education has officially released the school calendar for school year 2017-2018 to guide both public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide on the upcoming school events and activities for this academic year that will start in June.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd Order No. 25, Series 2017, dated May 5, announced that “the School Year 2017-2018 shall formally open on Monday, June 5, 2017 and shall end on Friday, April 6, 2018.”
Briones said that the school calendar “shall consist of 204 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and the four days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences conducted every quarter.”
However, she clarified that “learners are expected to be in school for a total of 195 class days.”
Private schools, Briones said, “may deviate from this School Calendar” but “they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August” as provided for in Republic Act No. 7797 entitled “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More Than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days.”
“Said schools should notify in advance their respective regional offices (ROs) regarding any deviation from the school calendar,” she explained.
Briones said that the implementing guidelines on the SY 2017-2018 calendar of activities have been provided “to enable the schools to effectively and efficiently implement the school events and activities.”
Likewise, she noted that these “guidelines shall allow the ROs and the schools division offices to provide support to schools, particularly in the areas of instruction and progress monitoring and evaluation.” (Ina Hernando Malipot)