July 12, 2022 — The Department of Education (DepEd) has released the guidelines on the School Calendar and Activities for School Year 2022-2023 in accordance with its commitment to the resumption of 5 days of in-person classes.

Signed by Vice President and Secretary Sara Z. Duterte on Monday, DepEd Order No. 034, series of 2022, sets the start of classes on August 22 and will end on July 7, 2023. There will be 203 school days or as may be determined by further issuance/s in case of changes in the school calendar due to unforeseen circumstances.

In the issuance, DepEd also provides direction and guidance in the re-opening of classes and the gradual introduction of 5 days of in-person learning modality classes.

According to DO 034, s. 2022, there will be no inspections, tools, or any additional requirements to re-open schools and implement five (5) days of in-person classes will be required, except for the compliance with the usual pre-pandemic regulatory permits and licenses, as required by law or ordinances.

DepEd only prescribed the options of 5 days person in-person classes, blended learning modality, and full distance learning until October 31, 2022.

Starting November 2, 2022, all public and private schools shall have transitioned to 5 days of in-person classes. No school shall be allowed to implement purely distance learning or blended learning except for those implementing Alternative Delivery Modes as provided in DO 21, s. 2019 (Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program) and DO 01, s. 2022 (Revised Policy Guidelines on Homeschooling Program).

Meanwhile, the learning intervention for Alternative Learning System (ALS) will officially start on the said opening date, while the program duration will depend on the learner’s educational background or existing knowledge level before enrolment in the ALS program.

In relation to the school opening, the implementing guidelines on the School Calendar and Activities for SY 2022-2023 will apply to public and private elementary and secondary schools, including Community Learning Centers (CLCs) nationwide. Private schools, state/local universities, and colleges may implement the calendar. They may also start classes not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August.

Enrollment will be held from July 25 to August 22, and Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela will be conducted from August 1 to 26 and on August 15, respectively.

Furthermore, the Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030, Learning Recovery and Continuity Plan (LRCP), and Classroom-based and System Assessments will guide schools in effectively delivering the K to 12 Basic Education Program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more details on the guidelines of DO No. 034, s. 2022, please visit https://www.deped.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/DO_s2022_034.pdf.