MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday said schools may cancel this year's semestral break in order to make up for the lost school days during the storm season.
The DepEd said October 22 to 25 is the schedule of semestral break indicated in this school year's official calendar.
The semestral break will be followed by the Muslim celebration for Eid'l Adha or "Feast of Sacrifice" on October 26, which was declared by Malacañang as a regular holiday.
Classes will then resume on October 29, Monday.
"Strict compliance with the DepEd Order is required for all public elementary and secondary schools," the DepEd said.
"However, due to previous suspension of classes brought about by inclement weather conditions, the Department gives full discretion to concerned field officials and/or school administrators on whether they will have a semestral break or use the days for makeup classes instead to meet the mandatory 180 days non-negotiable teacher-learners contact time."
The DepEd said private schools are allowed to deviate from the official calendar as long as the required number of school days are met.