Based on the school calendar issued by the Department of Education (DepEd), elementary and high schools have to fulfill a minimum of 180 days contact time with students for each school year or 45 contact days per quarter.
The education chief said public school superintendents are mandated to consult with their school principals to decide on how best to conduct make up classes.
According to Luistro private schools are given the authority to come up with their own measures to meet the required contact time with students. “For private schools, we trust the decision of the school management,” he said.
Many public school buildings were either damaged or used as evacuation centers as a result of massive flooding made even worse by tropical depression Maring. Classes and office work were suspended for most of the third week of August as a result of the weather disturbance.