Is there a possibility to move the opening of school year 2020-2021

Is there a possibility to move the opening of school year 2020-2021?

The Department of Education (DepEd) in a press conference said that their “final decision” on the opening of school year 2020-2021 shall depend on the result of the enhanced community quarantine due to corona virus diseased (COVID-19).

Education Secretary Leonor Briones, also said that the DepEd’s Curriculum and Instruction (CI) has already come up with different contingency “plans” designed to respond to the challenges brought by COVID-19 and the enhanced community quarantine.

“In our curriculum, we have come up with Plans A, B, and so on,” Briones said when asked what preparations were being undertaken by DepEd for the opening of schoolyear (SY) 2020-2021,” said Briones.

“So far, we assume that our calendar will be followed but we also know that anything can happen so as early as now, there are contingency measures being undertaken,” secretary explained.

“The concerned agencies are coordinating regularly for contingency measures for the school opening,” Briones added.

Is there a possibility to move the opening of the SY 2020-2021 to a later date?

DepEd undersecretary and spokesperson Nepomuceno Malaluan said that if there is “failure to contain” the disease and the country remains be under Code Red, Sub-level 2, “then part of that is we will not be able to continue with classes.”
Malaluan said that in this situation, this is “not something that is within the direct control” of the DepEd.

The undersecretary also said that if the current COVID-19 crisis condition of the country continues “will mean that we will not be able to hold classes, then we will obviously have to adjust accordingly.”

As stated in Republic Act (RA) No. 7977 or “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) days to not more than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days,” the “school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.” If this will be implemented, classes in public elementary and high schools nationwide this coming school year, SY 2020-2021 will begin on June 1.

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