MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Wednesday that pilot runs for face-to-face learning will begin on November 15 and will end on January 2022.
DepEd plans to reopen more schools by March if the results from the pilot runs are positive.
Only 59 schools have passed the health department’s assessment to hold face-to-face classes. Only fully vaccinated teachers and teaching personnel will be included in the pilot. Teachers and personnel who have not been vaccinated will be assigned to continue distance learning.
“We are already preparing for assessment of possible expansion schools, so by the time we are able to submit the recommendation to the President, hopefully in favor of bigger expansion, then we will also have ready schools for expansion.”DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan
Parental consent is needed for those who wish to join the pilot run. If parents have reservations, children will continue to study from home. Class sizes size will also be smaller. Guidelines for the pilot run indicate that only up to 12 kindergarten students are allowed per classroom. For Grades 1 to 3, the maximum is set at 16.
Most of the schools that have been accredited to start with the pilot run are based in the Visayas and Mindanao. DOH officials noted that the reopening of schools in highly urbanzied areas will be trickier. More guidelines and factors still need to be decided in order to reopen schools in NCR.