Face-to-face classes to begin on 15 November


Amidst complaints by parents and students over difficulties in distance learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) has decided to begin the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes by the middle of next month.


MANILA — During the Senate basic education committee hearing, education undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the pilot run of face-to-face classes will be from 15 November until January 31 the following year.

DepEd and Department of Health (DoH) officials are now jointly working with local government units (LGUs) as well as school officials, community stakeholders and participating teachers and learners in ensuring the safe operation of the pilot run.

“Our responsibility for DepEd is to secure areas, the local government units who have given their consent and are prepared to cooperate, the permission of parents, and also the readiness of our own facilities in DepEd for limited face-to-face learning,” Malaluan pointed out.

“The health authorities will be assessing the health side readiness of the school,” said DepEd secretary Leonor Briones.

Based on the agency’s framework, a maximum of 120 schools composed of 95 elementary schools, 5 senior high schools, and 20 private schools, will be chosen for the pilot. These schools must be located in minimal risk areas and have passed the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT).

Participating learners must submit signed consent from their parents, and preferably are living near the school and without existing comorbidities. Teachers and school staff who will directly interact with learners in the pilot run must be fully vaccinated, according to the DepEd. (TRC/Headline PH)


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