DO 1, s. 1994 – School Calendar for SY 1994-95
To: Bureau Directors, Regional Directors, and Schools Superintendents
Directors of Services and Centers, and Heads of Units
Heads of State Colleges and Universities
Heads of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities
Vocational School Superintendents and Administrators
- The school calendar for the school year 1994-95 is hereby established, in conformity with the perpetual school calendar system contained in DECS Orders No. 1 and 2, s. 1993, for the elementary and secondary levels respectively. The opening date for the school year 1994-95 shall be the first Monday of June, which is on June 6, 1994.
- Elementary and secondary school calendars. The elementary and secondary school year will begin on Monday, June 6, 1994 and end on the 200th class day on Friday, March 24, 1995. For public schools, the four two-day periodical tests will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, beginning on August 11 and October 20, 1994, and on January 12 and March 23, 1995, respectively. The elementa¬ry and secondary school year shall consist of not less than forty-two (42) calendar weeks, with a minimum of two hundred (200) class days inclusive of examination days.
- Collegiate school calendar. The collegiate first semester will also begin on the same Monday, June 6, 1994, and end not earlier than Saturday, October 8, 1994. The collegiate second semester will begin on Monday, October 24, 1994, and end not earlier than Friday, March 3, 1995. Graduate schools following the trimestral system may establish their own school calendars and opening days, informing the appropriate DECS office of their particular schedules, provided minimum class hours and class day requirements are met. Each collegiate semester shall consist of not less than eighteen (18) weeks. The second semester shall begin twenty (20) calendar weeks after the beginning of the first semester. Collegiate summer classes shall begin twenty-four (24) calendar weeks after the beginning of the second semester. A minimum of 17 student contact hours, inclusive of examinations, shall be required for one unit of collegiate academic credit.
- Christmas vacation break. For public schools, the Christmas break will begin on Friday, December 23, 1994, and classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 1995. For private schools, the break will begin at least two calendar days before Christmas, and classes should resume not earlier than two days after the New Year.
- Summer vacation period and summer classes. The summer vacation will begin not earlier than Friday, March 24, 1995, and will end not later than Sunday, June 4, 1995. All summer classes will begin on Monday, April 3, 1995. Collegiate summer classes will end on Monday, May 15, 1995 while secondary school summer classes will end on Friday, May 26, 1995. The minimum number of summer classes will be thirty-four (34) one-and-a-half collegiate sessions or 51 hours in all, and forty- four (44) three-hour secondary class sessions or 132 hours in all. No special notice will be issued nor will a separate application be necessary for summer classes.
- Sports calendar. The Palaro system of interscholastic sports competitions, inclusive of both public and private schools, will be as follows. Lower level sports competitions will be held from August to December, 1994. The regional meets will be held from January to February, 1995. The Palarong Pambansa will be held from Sunday, February 19, to Sunday, February 26, 1995.
- Education Week and Educators’ Conference. Education Week will be celebrated beginning on Monday, December 6, 1994, with Teachers’ Day being observed on the same first day. The annual Educators’ Conference for the school year 1994-95 will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, April 4 to 6, 1995.
- Additional holidays. In addition to regular holidays and special holidays authorized in Executive Order No. 203 promulgated on June 30, 1987, DECS will permit the observance by public and private schools of other holidays, provided the minimum number of class hours and class days are observed.
- Additional class days. In justifiable cases for public schools, superintendents may author¬ize the holding of classes on a Saturday in lieu of a school day (except in schools that are in session throughout the year), provided that proper notation is made on the Monthly Report on Services of teachers (BPS Form 7). Private schools may at their discretion hold classes on Saturdays to meet the minimum required class days or to make up for lost class days by simply informing the appropriate DECS authority of the change.
- The dates given in this school calendar shall be compulsory for public schools. However, they will be considered as directory for private schools, which may make modifications to suit their own needs, for as long as the school opening date and the minimum number of class hours and class days, as the case may be, are observed and the appropriate DECS office notified in advance. There will be no need for private schools to submit their individual school calendars to DECS for as long as they adhere to the above schedules. In any case, such calendars should be contained in the respective school bulletins and/or posted in the school bulletin boards.
Incl: As stated
DECS Order Nos. 1 and 2, s. 1993
Allotment: 1-2-3-4- – (M.O. 1-87)
To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:
CELEBRATIONS & FESTIVALS
RULES & REGULATIONS