March 3, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday adjusted the current School Year 2020-2021 calendar to provide further interventions amidst the educational challenges experienced by learners and teachers.

With the release of DepEd Order (DO) No. 012, s. 2021, the Department scheduled remediation and In-Service Training (INSET) activities this March. The issuance also amended the timeline of the next two quarters to help learners reach the required essential learning competencies.

“Based on our observations on the implementation of the Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan, we have identified that there is a need to address learning gaps amid the distance learning set-up,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

From March 1 to March 12, schools are advised to conduct interventions for bridging learning gaps and intensifying learning gains. Teachers need to prepare a two-week home learning plan with the help of the assigned learning support aides.

Teachers are also set to participate in the In-Service Training (INSET) organized by their respective divisions or schools from March 15 to March 19.

Meanwhile, Quarter Three of the current school year will start on March 22 and end on May 15, while Quarter Four will run from May 17 up to July 10, 2021.

The DO noted that the additional two-week period shall be compensated for a similar adjustment in the school break between SY 2020-2021 to SY 2021-2022.

The policy applies to all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide. Private schools, technical and vocational institutions, and higher education schools that offer K to 12 curricula are highly encouraged to implement the following guidelines.

“We have pushed through with this decision because the Department wants the education amid the COVID-19 pandemic to be more inclusive to learners and to provide additional time for teachers to adjust in the distance learning set-up,” Sec. Briones said.