The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday that classes in all levels in public schools will be suspended from May 2 to 13 in accordance to the national election related-activities which will be conducted on May 9, 2022.
There will be no classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 as specified by the DepEd. This is because teachers will serve as board of election inspections (BEI) during elections. Also, classrooms in public schools will be use as polling centers and to carry out the election-related duties.
To recap, the pandemic has began in March 2020, where schools resorted to alternative online classes. Public and private schools approximately 13,000, on the other hand, were permitted to conduct face-to-face classes. Currently, there are 60,000 schools in the Philippines.
There are 500,000 teachers who served as BEI and around 36,830 schools became polling centers in 2019. This year, about 60 million voters are expected to participate in the upcoming 2022 elections. The first to be conducted amid the pandemic.
Below is the School Calendar based in DepEd Order No. 29, s. 2021.
- Labor Day (Regular Holiday)
May 2-6 and 10-13:
- National Election related-activities
- National Elections
- Every Friday Starting May: TAYO Naman! Mental Health and Pyschosocial Support Service for DepEd Personnel
Note: Be reminded, however, that teachers are expected to still report in their schools during days that have no election-related activities or duties.
To know more about the DepEd Order, you may click through this link DO_s2021_029.pdf (deped.gov.ph).
Source: Rappler, DepEd