By Gabriela Baron
According to the school calendar released by the Department of Education (DepEd), Christmas break for kindergarden to senior high students in public schools will start on December 15, 2019.
“The Christmas break shall begin on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Classes shall resume on Monday, January 6, 2020,” it said in a statement.
In a report by GMA News, DepEd spokesperson Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, class suspensions in previous months are unlikely to affect the schedule of Christmas break.
“The calendar also ay localized naman with the adjustments that have to be made in light of suspensions. So far, walang indication that we will deviate from that school calendar,” he added.
DepEd also noted that private schools may implement a different schedule.
“Private schools have their own school calendar, hence, Christmas break for private school students are set by its school administators,” said DepEd Undersecretary Analyn Sevilla.
Last year, DepEd also announced an earlier Christmas break schedule – one week earlier than the original schedule – to give both learners and teachers “enough time to spend with their families” during the Yuletide season.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, earlier said that moving the Christmas break to an earlier schedule was based on the suggestions of the Senate, the Executive, the Congress, and the parents. She also emphasized the “importance for students to spend more time with their families this Christmas holiday.
Valuing the importance of spending quality time with the family, DepEd believes that the Christmas season “provides an opportunity for Filipino learners to strengthen their emotional bonds with their family.”
DepEd reminded schools to hold make-up classes or undertake Alternative Delivery Modes (ADMs) if needed to help “compensate for unplanned suspension of classes such as natural and manmade calamities” given that the conduct of such activities “must be agreed upon by school heads, teachers and concerned parents.” (With a report from Ina Hernando-Malipot)