President Duterte allows dry run of face-to-face classes in low COVID risk areas in January 2021 – President Rodrigo Duterte approved the pilot implementation (dry run) of face-to-face classes in selected schools in low-risk areas for the whole month of January next year.
According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, President Duterte approved the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) during Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
Roque said the DepEd will coordinate with the country’s COVID-19 National Task Force in implementing the dry run, which will follow strict health and safety measures.
“We need to emphasize that face-to-face classes in schools where this may be allowed will not be compulsory, but rather voluntary on the part of the learner / parents,” Roque said.
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“Having said this, a parent’s permit needs to be submitted for the student to participate in face-to-face classes.”
The pilot will be done under strict health and safety measures, and “where there is commitment for shared responsibility” among DepEd, local government units and parents, Roque said.
Read: DepEd Official Statement on the Pilot Implementation of Face-to-Face Classes
Remote classes started on October 5, several weeks later than the initially planned on August 24, to give teachers and students more time to prepare for online and modular distance learning.
Lessons this school year may be given via online classes, or via use of printed modules, or use of TV and radio due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July, Duterte said he is prohibiting in-person classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the country. He said face-to-face classes may resume in January next year.
Classes in public schools in the country opened in October under a blended distance learning system due to the continuing threat of COVID-19, which has infected over 450,000 people in the country, with more than 8,700 deaths.
President Duterte allows dry run of face-to-face classes in low COVID risk areas in January 2021 – Updated: December 14, 2020
Source: ABS-CBN News
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