DepED Eyes Dry Run of Face to Face Classes

DepED Eyes Dry Run of Face to Face Classes

On Wednesday, the Department of Education (DepEd) exposed its “suggested steps” in the selection of partici ating schools for next year’s dry run of face-to-face classes. 

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in an interview with CNN Philippines that approval from the local government would be among the conditions for participating schools. 

“We should have the local government’s consent because schools in the local government are local and they provide significant assistance and participation,” Briones said. 

Briones also said that schools located in areas that are identified as low risk by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) would be eligible for face-to-face class pilot testing. 

The education secretary said For example, NCR (National Capital Region) is considered a GCQ (general community quarantine) area, at this time we can not have face-to-face.” 

“[Our] Davao Regional Director has stated that Davao will not participate, and there has also been some increase in Davao,” Briones said.

As for the students, only those who were allowed by their parents could participate in the pilot testing, Briones said.

The education secretary said that parents should have written permission to allow their children to take part in the dry run.

When asked about how many students there would be during the dry run in one classroom, Briones said it would depend on the grade level and the classroom size itself.

Briones said that for the pilot run, students would possibly only go to school “once or twice a week for limited hours.”

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