As of this writing, the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) headed by Secretary Leonor Briones has not yet released the official DepEd School Calendar for school year 2018-2019.
Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, it’s always good that you know important dates within the DepEd school calendar so for you to plan well your family affairs, special occasions, settlement of tuition fees, and others.
Philippine School Holidays SY 2018-2019
While we are all waiting for the release, here are the government-proclaimed holidays which will definitely affect the DepEd school calendar for SY 2018-2019 starting June 2018:
- 12–Jun–2018, Tue | Philippine Independence Day (Regular)
- 15–Jun–2018, Fri | Eid’l Fitr (for Confirmation)
- 21–Aug–2018, Tue | Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working)
- 22–Aug–2018, Wed | Eidul Adha (for Confirmation)
- 27–Aug–2018, Mon | National Heroes’ Day (Regular)
- 01–Nov–2018, Thur | All Saints’ Day (Special Non-Working)
- 02–Nov–2018, Fri | All Souls’ Day (Special Non-Working)
- 30–Nov–2018, Fri | Bonifacio Day (Regular)
- 08–Dec–2018, Sat | Immaculate Conception Day (Special Non-Working)
- 24–Dec–2018, Mon | Pre-Christmas Day (Special Non-Working)
- 25–Dec–2018, Tue | Christmas Day (Regular)
- 30–Dec–2018, Sun | Rizal Day (Regular)
- 31–Dec–2018, Mon | Last Day of the Year (Special Non-Working)
- 01–Jan–2019, Tue | New Year’s Day (Regular)
- 05–Feb–2019, Tue | Chinese New Year (Special Non-Working)
- 25–Feb–2019, Mon | People Power Revolution (School Holiday)
- 09–Apr–2019, Tue | Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular)
- 18–Apr–2019, Thur | Maundy Thursday (Regular)
- 19–Apr–2019, Fri | Good Friday (Regular)
- 20–Apr–2019, Sat | Black Saturday (Special Non-Working)
DepEd School Calendar for SY 2018-2019
As per usual issuance of DepEd school calendar, school year formally opens within the first week of June and ends on the first week of April, with around 200-220 school days. Accordingly, Republic Act No. 7797, or An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred Days to Not More than Two Hundred Twenty Class Days, has lengthened DepEd school calendar days to not more than two hundred twenty (220), inclusive of class days which may be subsequently suspended due to natural or man-made calamities.
Usually, private schools may deviate from the released DepEd school calendar, however, may not start classes earlier than the prescribed start of classes and not later than the last day of August (based on 2018 DepEd Order, DepEd School Calendar 2017-2018).
Equally important, make-up classes are recommended in lieu of class cancellations due to celebrations and holidays, as well as natural and man-made calamities. Mechanisms for the conduct of make-up classes must be agreed upon by school heads and the parent-teacher associations (based on 2018 DepEd Order, DepEd School Calendar 2017-2018).
Once again, we’ll post the DepEd school calendar for school year 2018-2019 as soon as the official DepEd Order is released. Usually, it’s made on the first week of May. Come back soon! Filed: DepEd School Calendar SY 2018-2019.