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Portugal government updated school calendar, affected by measures to combat the pandemic

January 12, 2022

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With the forced closure of schools in the first week of January — motivated by the prevention of contacts after the end-of-year period — the Government had to make changes to the school calendar. These were confirmed through an order in the Diário da República , published this Monday.

According to the document, the Government considers that "it is still possible to accommodate the suspension of classroom teaching and non-teaching activities", so "it is chosen to adapt the 2nd and 3rd academic periods to the aforementioned suspension" - not advancing, so for distance learning.

"This order amends the timetable for the functioning of educational and teaching activities of public pre-school, basic and secondary education establishments and the school calendar for private special education establishments", it reads.

Thus, as you can see, the 1st period ends on December 17th and classes will only resume on January 10th. As a result of this increase in the Christmas holidays, the Carnival holidays will be reduced to just one day — March 1st —, with the 2nd period running until April 8th.

The interruption between the 2nd and 3rd periods will be reduced to one week, between April 11 and April 18. The end of the school year will be determined by the level of education and whether or not exams are taken:

  • 9th, 11th and 12th years of schooling end on June 7, 2022
  • 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th years of schooling end on June 15, 2022
  • Pre-school education and 1st cycle of basic education. end on June 30, 2022

Special education follows the same rules as regular education, but with a formalized exception, as it can "ensure classroom activities in the period between December 27, 2021 and January 7, 2022", that is, continue the classes, but only "upon request of parents" and "provided that the necessary safety conditions are guaranteed in accordance with the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health".

Public schools and pre-school education courses with "innovation plans or within the scope of the School Calendar, Mastery + Curricular Autonomy, Teaching and Learning Axis, integrated in the 21|23 Escola+ Plan" and which "have rules relating to the organization of the school year", have the vacation period from January 2 to 9, 2022.

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