In a press briefing today, the Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force of Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved the following:
- DepEd’s Learning Continuity Plan
- Opening of Classes for Basic Education on August 24, 2020 which will end on April 30, 2021.
Private Schools may start school year earlier than August 24
In line with this, Briones said that private schools will be allowed to open classes between June to August 2020 as some of them have already declared readiness.
However, the education secretary said that the private schools and state/local universities and colleges must submit their Learning Continuity Plan to make sure that it’s aligned with the framework of the overall National Learning Continuity Plan of DepEd.
Aside from this, the said institutions should inform their respective regional offices regarding their plans to start classes earlier than August 24, 2020. They also have to submit their plan for compliance with minimum health standards that will be issued by DepEd, following the guidelines by the Department of Health (DOH), the IATF-EID, and the OP.
No face-to-face classes before August 24, 2020
Secretary Briones also emphasized that face-to-face classes will not be permitted earlier than August 24, 2020.
On the other hand, to assure the public, especially parents who are worried about their children going to school despite COVID-19, Briones’ remarks were, “When we say schools finally open on August 24, it does not mean that all of these activities will be face-to-face.”
Briones said that face-to-face learning may be allowed starting August 24 only if:
- the local risk severity grading (to be issued by the IATF) permits
- subject to compliance with the minimum health standards
SOURCE: DepEd Philippines