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LIVE UPDATES: Limited face-to-face classes start in the Philippines

LIVE UPDATES: Limited face-to-face classes start in the Philippines


For the first time in almost two years, the Philippines will reopen in-person classes on Monday, November 15, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has so far approved 100 public schools that will take part in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes starting November 15. These schools are from areas that are deemed low-risk for COVID-19 by the Department of Health.

Twenty private schools will start face-to-face classes beginning November 22, the DepEd said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go signal to allow more schools to join the pilot run.

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LIVE UPDATES: Limited face-to-face classes start in the Philippines

‘Schools are zones of peace’: DepEd frowns on presence of armed cop in classroom

The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded its regional units on Monday, November 15, to strictly enforce its policy of keeping schools as “zones of peace” after armed police officers were seen in a classroom in Pangasinan where limited face-to-face classes was held for the first time.

In a statement, the DepEd said that the police officers seen in Longos Elementary School in Alaminos City were part of the security detail of a local government official.

Netizens called the attention of DepEd for supposedly letting the uniformed personnel – actually the security detail of Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste – inside school premises.

Read the full story here.

Bonz Magsambol

IN PHOTOS: Opening of limited face-to-face classes in the Philippines

Take a look at how young schoolchildren in select areas spent this momentous day, after nearly two years of having been restricted at home and forced to adapt to distance learning. 

More photos from our field reporter Bonz Magsambol, the Department of Education, and members of our community here.

Michelle Abad

LOOK: Pilot run of face-to-face classes in Motiong town in Samar

LOOK: Classrooms in Longos Elementary School undergo disinfection as first day of classes ends

Face shields not required in limited face-to-face classes – DepEd

Limited face-to-face classes in Laserna Integrated School at Nabas, Aklan

Limited face-to-face classes at Longos Elementary School officially begin

Temperature check before entering classrooms

First-day jitters