The Department of Education has extended the school year for basic education level on July 10.
In an order, Education Sec. Leonor Briones that the department identified learning gaps in students after they continued to monitor the implementation of distance learning.
Apart from this, teachers will also be given additional instructional time for various learning delivery modalities.
“These learning gaps are attributable to reduced academic opportunities at home and substantial loss of live contact with teachers,” Briones said.
By law, DepEd postponed the third grading period on May 15 from March 22, while the fourth quarter was on July 10 from May 17.
The second quarter ended on February 27.
The end of the school year was originally set for June 11.
From March 1 to 12, schools will conduct intervention and remediation activities for students.
On March 15 to 19, teachers will attend a professional development program organized by schools or other corresponding DepEd units.
The new policy covers all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
Meanwhile, private schools, technical and vocational institutions, and higher education institutions that offer basic education are only encouraged to implement agency guidelines.
It is uncertain at this time whether the new policy will shorten the summer break of students.