This policy governs co-curricular and extra-curricular off-campus activities in both public and private schools. It emphasizes the need to update guidelines to ensure the activities are aligned with the K to 12 Curriculum and prioritize the safety of participants. The policy establishes standards and procedures for organizing and conducting off-campus activities, provides guidance for stakeholders, and prohibits using such activities as a means to raise funds for schools.
The policy outlines the responsibilities of school heads, activity heads, and parents/guardians. School heads must ensure proposed activities are included in the Annual Improvement Plan, review and endorse activity proposals, and resolve any issues that arise. Activity heads are responsible for planning and preparation, enforcing safety measures, and submitting activity reports. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in planning activities, submit consent forms for their children’s participation, and attend the activities if possible.
When preparing for off-campus activities, schools and concerned offices must develop a plan that considers learners’ diversity and needs. The plan should align with education priorities, justify its relevance to the curriculum, ensure safety and security measures, and define accountability. Private schools can adopt their own planning processes. Active involvement of parents/guardians in the planning stage is encouraged, providing them with details of the activity and the nature of their children’s participation.
Regarding funding, public schools can use DepEd funds, request support from the Special Education Fund, or seek financial assistance from sponsors or external partners. The utilization of funds must adhere to existing accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
- DepEd Order No. 66, s. 2017, entitled: Implementing Guidelines on the Conduct of Off-Campus Activities