LIST: 20 private schools participating in pilot in-person classes

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2021   •   356

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday announced the list of 20 private schools that will be participating in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes.

The participating private schools are as follows:

  • 100 Islands Cowboy Christian Learning Center
  • Our Saviour’s Foundation
  • Mother of Good Counsel Seminary
  • Academica de Meridien
  • Singapore School Park
  • Anthony’s College
  • Oxmont Memorial Academy
  • Gamot Cogon Waldorf School Inc.
  • Sisters of Mary Schools Inc. Boystown
  • Notre Dame of Abuyog
  • Moriah Christian Academy
  • Metro Dipolog Baptist Academy
  • Deor & Dune Academe of Technology
  • Paul’s Institute of Technology
  • Xavier University Senior High School
  • Ato Padada Christian School
  • BEST College of Polomolok South Cotabato
  • Banga Evangelical Church Elementary School Inc.
  • Midsyaap Montessori Centre
  • New Moriah Adventist Elementary School

The pilot run of face-to-face classes in private schools will begin on November 22 while the in-person classes in 100 participating public schools started on November 15.

“At the moment we do not have data on the number of students  and teachers that will participate in this pilot schools but we already ask the supervisors to gather this data in time for the opening next week,” said Dir. Joyce Andaya of DepEd’s Bureau of Curriculum Development.

“Gaano sila kahanda? I believe they are also very ready to offer face-to-face classes. In fact, the regional offices and the division offices have conducted and ocular inspection about the readiness of these schools,” she added.

The orientation for the participating private schools will be conducted on Wednesday, November 17, to ensure their readiness for the physical reopening, the DepEd said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

DepEd eyes expansion of in-person classes by February

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has recommended the “progressive expansion” of face-to-face classes in areas under COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2 starting next month.

During a pre-taped meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte aired on Monday night, Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained that the expansion of the pilot physical classes will be progressive, which means that only select schools in areas classified as low-risk for COVID-19 will be allowed to resume classes.

“Hindi ‘yung lahat-lahat sabay-sabay. Kung ang isang lugar ay Alert Level 1 and 2, selective, puwedeng mag-expand ng face-to-face,” Briones said.

The DepEd chief said the expansion of face-to-face classes will start in February, with the concurrence of the local government units (LGU) and parents’ consent.

“Iyong framework ng shared responsibility, patuloy. Iyong pag-concur ng LGUs, alam na alam namin ito, conscious kami at saka parents’ consent, requirement pa rin, Mr. President. Hindi kami mag-e-expand ng basta-basta na hindi kami mangangatok sa local governments at saka hindi namin makuha iyong written consent ng mga parents,” Briones said in her report to the president.

“Iyon ang aming proposal, Mr. President. February ang pag-e-expand pero maingat pa rin, taking into consideration the advice of the Department of Health, the LGUs, as well as now the Department of Justice,” she added.

Briones reiterated that only fully vaccinated teachers and non-teaching personnel will be allowed to join the face-to-face classes. Participation of vaccinated students will also be preferred.

“Ang sabi namin, only vaccinated teachers and non-teaching personnel na vaccinated will participate kung tayo ay mag-implement ng faceto-face. At saka ‘yung participation ng vaccinated students, kasi in-announce na ni (vaccine czar) Secretary (Carlito) Galvez na by March, by April, mag-umpisa na tayo sa mga bata, iyon preferred natin ‘yun. So iyon ang aming proposal, Mr. President,” she said.

Briones said 278 schools with about 15,000 students participated in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes last year.

Around 28 schools from Metro Manila joined the program last December but its resumption was suspended earlier this January due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.

Other regions with high coronavirus infections also suspended limited in-person classes but classes in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 have continued.

The DepEd earlier allowed schools and local education offices to suspend classes for up to two weeks over rising COVID-19 cases.

Classes in all grade levels in CALABARZON suspended from January 17 to 29 due to COVID-19 surge

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

The Department of Education (DepEd) in CALABARZON has ordered the suspension of classes in all grade levels in the region starting January 17 to 29 amid the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections.

In a memorandum signed by Regional Director Francis Cesar Bringas, the DepEd said that the suspension order is in support of the region’s “initiative for safe operations and well-being of stakeholders.”

“This suspension includes all other school activities, whether physical or virtual (online), that involve school-based personnel, learners, and parents,” it said.

DepEd CALABARZON also said that the schedule of midyear break on January 31 to February 5, 2022, shall remain.

“Schools Division Offices are encouraged to do necessary adjustments in the implementation of the curriculum after these suspension dates particularly when new directives are issued,” it said.

Meanwhile, the DepEd also urged private schools to exercise their own discretion relative to the suspension of classes and K to 12 learning activities when COVID-19 risks in their respective areas are high.

CALABARZON region includes the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon.

Limited in-person classes in most colleges, universities to open by February – CHED

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – At least 200 universities and colleges in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 will open limited in-person learning by February, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Thursday.

CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera said most of the higher education institutions (HEI) have opted to open limited face-to-face classes next month instead of January amid rising COVID-19 cases.

“Natapos ko nang i-meet ang lagpas 200 na mga pamantasan nitong nakaraang linggo at ang marami sa kanila na nasa Alert Level 3 ay nag-decide na February sila magbubukas kung sakali ng limited face-to-face,” De Vera said.

“Iyong mga iba naman ay magbubukas ng online tapos magshi-shift sa limited face-to-face kapag okay na ang kalagayan ng kanilang lugar,” he added.

CHED earlier announced it will push through with Phase 2 of the limited in-person classes in HEIs in areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on January 31 after it was allowed by the Department of Health. Universities and colleges under Alert Level 2 can begin anytime.

De Vera, however, said that the initial date they set was just a “reference point.”

“Ibig sabihin, depende iyan doon sa kalagayan on the ground ng mga pamantasan, ang kanilang konsultasyon sa local governments, ang kondisyon ng kanilang facilities, konsultasyon sa mga faculty at students at mag-adjust sila depende doon sa kalagayan,” he said.

Meanwhile, HEIs in areas hit by Typhoon Odette have yet to resume limited classes as repair works in their facilities are ongoing.

De Vera also said that the power supply in some areas has not been restored.



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