Enrollees for SY 2021-2022 reach over 27 million – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2021   •   199

MANILA, Philippines – The number of students who enrolled for School Year (SY) 2021-2000 has reached 27 million, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said.

The DepEd said there are a total of 27,583,701 students enrolled in this school year or 105.2 percent higher than the 26.2 million recorded last year.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said this figure could still go up until the end of enrollment on Sept. 30.

“Ang magandang balita ay nalampasan natin ang enrollment last year. Even with change conditions more challenges nalagpasan natin,” she said.

“Nagpapakita ito na sa ating kultura mahalaga talaga ang edukasyon at ang parents, consider education as very important and crucial for the lives of children,” she added.

DepEd formally opened the new school year on Sept.13. The enrollment in public schools started on August 16 and was extended to Sept. 30 to accommodate late enrollees.

DepEd to begin pilot implementation of face-to-face classes on Nov. 15

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) will begin the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes on November 15.

During the Senate basic education committee hearing, DepEd Usec. Nepomuceno Malaluan said the pilot run of face-to-face classes will be from November 15, the start of the second academic quarter, until January 31 next year.

The DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) will work with local government units, school officials, community stakeholders, and participating teachers and learners in ensuring the safe operation of the pilot run.

“Our responsibility for DepEd is to secure areas, the local government units who have given their consent and are prepared to cooperate, the permission of parents, and also the readiness of our own facilities in DepEd for limited face-to-face learning. On the other hand, the Department of Health will assess the health side readiness of the school,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Based on the agency’s framework, a maximum of 120 schools  composed of 95 elementary schools, 5 senior high schools, and 20 private schools, will be chosen for the pilot. These schools must be located in minimal risk areas and have passed the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT).

Participating learners must submit signed consent from their parents, and preferably near the school and without existing comorbidities. Teachers and school staff who will directly interact with learners in the pilot run must be fully vaccinated, according to the DepEd. AAC


DepEd-DOH JMC highlights shared responsibility framework, key safety measures for pilot face-to-face implementation

Listahan ng 120 paaralan na kasama sa pilot face-to-face classes, ilalabas ngayong linggo – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Inaasahang ilalabas na ngayong linggo ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang listahan ng 120 paaralan na makakasama sa pilot test ng face-to-face classes.

Ayon kay DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, nakatakdang magpulong ngayong Lunes ang kanilang regional directors para sa pinal na listahan ng mga lalahok sa limitadong in-person learning program.

Layunin ng pagpupulong na matalakay ang iba pang mga katanungan o isyu sa pilot run ng physical classes. Pag-uusapan rin sa pulong ang isinagawang risk assessment bago ang pagsasapinal at pagsasapubliko ng listahan.

Giit rin na Malalan na limitado lamang ang mga mapipiling eskwelahan at bilang ng mga mag-aaral na sasabak sa physical learning program na target isagawa sa loob ng dalawang buwan.

“Gusto talaga natin na masiguro na maayos itong magiging pilot natin dahil nakasalalay dito yung expansion,” ani Malaluan.

“We really appeal to everyone, this is not a localized effort but a national effort… We hope that we will regard this as a national effort even if this are happening in certain select areas,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ng DepEd na 100 pampublikong paaralan at 20 pribadong paaralan lamang sa mga lugar na mababa ang banta ng COVID-19 ang kasali sa pilot run.

Labindalawang estudyante sa Kindergarten, at 16 mag-aaral naman ang kasali sa Grades 1 hanggang 3. Nasa 20 learners naman ang kasali para sa Technical-vocation classes sa limang senior high schools.

Tatlong oras lamang ang ilalagi sa paaralan ng kindergarten hanggang Grade 3 students habang ang senior high school students naman ay hanggang apat na oras.

Pinagsamang face-to-face classes at distance learning din ang gagamiting programa na ang ibig sabihin ay may mga araw na naka-online classes pa rin ang mga mag-aaral.

Kailangan ding bakunado na kontra COVID-19 ang mga guro at school personnel na sasali sa pilot test. Dapat rin ay nasa 65-anyos pababa ang kanilang edad at walang co-morbidity.

Una nang tiniyak ng DepEd na naghanda na ito ng contingency plan para sa iba’t ibang senaryo sakaling magkaroon ng kaso ng hawaan ng COVID-19 habang isinasagawa ang pilot run.

DepEd, DOH ink guidelines for pilot run of face-to-face learning

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday signed the guidelines for the pilot implementation of in-person classes in selected areas deemed as low-risk for COVID-19.

The DepEd said the guidelines contain mechanisms to ensure safety of participating learners, teaching and non-teaching staff, and their families.

“Our utmost priority is the health and safety of our learners and teachers while ensuring that learning happens and learning gaps are addressed. We have been proactive in planning for safe return to schools,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

“The operational guideline for the pilot run of face-to-face classes is a product of our collaboration with DOH, in consultation with various stakeholders, including child health experts,” she added.

Briones stressed that the guidelines will only be applicable for schools that passed the strict vetting process of DepEd and DOH, and have the support of their respective local government units.

The pilot test will be conducted in 120 schools across the country that have passed the School Readiness Assessment conducted by DepEd and concerned local government units.

The guidelines set standards on the readiness of schools for re-opening. It implements the Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate (PDITR) framework highlighting the importance of availability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.

The guidelines also emphasized the need for proper ventilation in classrooms, room layouts that will enable physical distancing between persons, prioritization of students who will benefit most from limited face-to-face learning modality, management of foot traffic, and conduct of simulation activities prior to implementation of the pilot, among others.

“We want to ensure that we provide safe learning spaces for children during this pandemic. The pilot run will be a shared responsibility among DOH, DepEd and local government units to ensure that mechanisms are in place from prevention of COVID-19 infection to reintegration of recovered patients,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

“It is also a shared responsibility among school management, teachers, and families for ensuring that all minimum public health standards are observed and possible COVID-19 cases are detected early through regular symptoms screening and reporting,” he added.

Teachers and school personnel participating in the program should be fully vaccinated, must be aged 65 and below, and have no co-morbidities.

“We are committed to providing additional protection for our teachers through vaccination. While vaccination is not mandatory, classroom learning will be limited to vaccinated teaching personnel. So as not to disenfranchise unvaccinated teachers, they may teach using distance or online modules. This also presents options for parents who are still hesitant to send their children to school,” Duque said.

Under the guidelines, Kindergarten class will have a maximum of 12 learners, while Grade 1 to 3 classes will have 16 students. Technical-Vocation classes in five senior high schools may have 20 learners.

Learners in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will only spend a maximum of 3 hours in school while senior high school students will have 4 hours.

The pilot will feature a combined implementation of face-to-face classes and distance learning.

DepEd assured it has drafted a contingency plan with recommended actions for various scenarios, which range from where there is a suspected case presenting symptoms, to a scenario where there is resurgence of COVID-19 cases in multiple barangays. This sets the policy on when schools should impose a lockdown.

“With the help of DOH and other local partners, we will soon orient those who will be involved in the pilot run and coordinate with them regarding the prioritization of their vaccination in case our participating teachers and other non-teaching personnel haven’t completed their vaccines yet,” Briones said.

The government has yet to announce the exact date of the pilot run for physical classes, as well as the list of participating schools.

The dry run will be carried out for two months. Its expansion will depend on the result of the evaluation of the pilot test.


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