Basic education classes for school year 2022 to 2023 will start on Aug. 22, while schools are required to implement full face-to-face (F2F) classes by Nov. 2, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.

The DepEd said the school calendar for school year 2022 to 2023, issued on Tuesday, was released “in accordance with its commitment to the resumption of [five-day] in-person classes despite the health crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The DepEd gave schools until Oct. 31, 2022 to prepare for a transition to a schedule that contains five days of F2F classes.

Starting Nov. 2, 2022, all public and private schools shall have transitioned to having five days of in-person classes per week, the DepEd said.

The DepEd acknowledged that the return of wide-scale F2F classes would present “new stressors and challenges,” and said providing psychosocial support during the first week of the school year was necessary.

The first quarter is set from Aug. 22, 2022 to Nov. 5, 2022; the second quarter is from Nov. 7, 2022 to Feb. 3, 2023; the third quarter is from Feb. 13 to Apr. 28, 2023, and the fourth quarter from May 2 to July 7, 2023.

The school calendar will include a two-week Christmas break from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3, 2023. Classes will resume after the holiday season on Jan. 4.

End-of-year rites are scheduled from July 10 to 14, 2023.

Remedial and summer classes will be from July 17 to Aug. 26, 2023, with the start of school year 2023 to 2024 mulled for Aug. 28, 2023.

The upcoming school year will have 203 school days and end on July 7, 2023. John Ezekiel J. Hirro