The pilot run of limited face-to-face classes in schools in areas deemed low risk for COVID-19 will start on November 15, an official from the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Wednesday, October 6.
At the Senate committee hearing on basic education, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan presented the timeline of the implementation of the pilot run. He said that the limited face-to-face classes will start in time for the beginning of the second grading quarter.
The pilot run will end on January 31. Malaluan said that by end of December, DepEd is hoping to have an initial assessment of the run.
“We will already be preparing for assessments of possible expansion schools. So that by the time we’re be able to submit to the President the recommendation, hopefully, in favor of the expansion, we’d also have ready schools for the expansion,” Malaluan said.
The DepEd is targeting to expand the conduct of limited of face-to-face classes on March 7.
Malaluan told senators that 59 public schools have passed the assessment of health officials to conduct the pilot face-to-face classes. He added that DepEd will continue to assess nominated schools until the initial quota for the pilot run is reached.
Before the approval, the Philippines was among the last two countries in the world that had yet to reopen schools since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March 2020.
For the second time, millions of Filipino students on September 13 started classes even as campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. – Rappler.com