LOOK: Deped’s proposed class seat arrangement for possible face-to-face learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020   •   2738

The Department of Education (Deped) has proposed classroom seating arrangements in case face-to-face learning will be implemented for the upcoming school year.

In a post, Deped reiterated there will be no face-to-face learning unless it is safe for students to go out. However, as part of their preparations for the opening of classes, they proposed a seating arrangement that will still adhere to social distancing.

Deped showed layouts for classrooms with armchairs and classrooms with tables and chairs. Both have a 1-meter distance to observe proper social distancing. AAC

No COVID-19 case recorded so far in face-to-face classes – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – No cases of COVID-19 have been reported so far in public schools participating in the pilot implementation of limited in-person learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday.

“Sa unang linggo po ng ating pagpapatupad ng pilot limited face-to-face ay wala po tayong naitalang kaso ng covid sa mga lugar na ito,” DepEd Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma said in a press briefing.

It has been a week since the department started the pilot testing of face-to-face classes in 100 schools in areas with low-risk classification for COVID-19.

The department, however, noted that some schools found it challenging to get students to strictly adhere to health and safety protocols as some children, especially those in kindergarten, tend to take off their face masks.

Others also tend to forget physical distancing as they interact with their classmates.

“Talagang hirap yung ating mga kindergarten learners na isuot yung kanilang mga maskara sa mahabang panahon, maya’t maya inaalis nung ating maliliit na mag-aaral,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

But the DepEd said such behavior is expected among children since they are not used to wearing masks for long periods, and they were not allowed to go out of their homes due to the pandemic.

“Dito papasok yung role ng ating mga guro na continuously magpapaalala sa ating mga mag-aaral at sa iba pa na talagang iyong social o physical distancing ang pinakamahalagang bagay para masegurong walang mahahawa,” Garma said.

The DepEd reported that out of 70,000 listed students, over 70 deferred their attendance to physical classes for having flu-like symptoms prior to the program’s implementation.

Briones said these students will not be asked to undergo swab testing.

“Ayaw naman nating i-swab yung mga bata e… We might trigger accidents sinabi ko na yan e tutusukin mo yung (bata), sisipain ka ng bata o sisigaw, wala na. we will create more trauma for the child and also trigger accidents,” she said.

The DepEd earlier said it has prepared 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.

Aside from public schools, 20 private schools have also been selected for the program. They started their pilot face-to face classes on November 22.

More schools are expected to participate in the next phase of the limited face-to-face classes, including those in the National Capital Region, depending on the result of DOH’s risk assessment.

The expansion phase is slated to begin by March 2022, based on DepEd’s timeline. (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

18 private schools start pilot face-to-face classes

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Selected private schools from various regions with low-risk for COVID-19 have started their pilot implementation of the face-to-face classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday.

The DepEd said 18 out of 20 private schools were able to push through with the pilot in-person classes on Monday. The two schools deferred their classes due to issues with the academic calendar.

Students participating in the program were able to follow health and safety protocols such as undergoing body temperature check, foot bath, and hand washing.

School personnel in personal protective equipment were also assisting the students to ensure they are observing physical distancing.

“Nakita ko ang kahandaan ng ating mga paaralan at ang pagtutulungan ng mga paaralan at ng mga local na pamahalaan,” said Jocelyn Andaya, director of DepEd’s Bureau of Curriculum Development.

Meanwhile, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) said it has requested DepEd for access to the process of monitoring and assessing the pilot in-person classes.

Attorney Joseph Noel Estrada, managing director of COCOPEA said this is to guide them in preparing for the reopening of the private schools from their association.

“Kami ay humiling din sa DepEd na kami ay payagan sa kanilang paglilibot or kahit virtually kami ay payagan ng access dun sa pagmo-monitor nila para makita namin yung actual implementation hindi lang dun sa 20 private schools kundi sa nag-participate din na mga public school para kami ay makakuha din ng inputs, makapag suggest ng mga pagbabago pagdating natin dun sa expanded phase ng limited face-to-face,” he said.

Estrada said three private schools that are members of COCOPEA were among those that piloted the limited face-to-face classes.

He added that more private schools, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) are just awaiting DepEd’s directive to resume physical classes.

“Tinitignan natin muna kung ano yung mangyayari dito sa pilot testing para mapaghandaan natin yung next phase ng implementation,” he said.

“Maraming nakaabang na once ma-expand na nga yung implementation sa mga ibang regions, lalo na dun sa may mga urban areas in fact sa NCR may mga ilang eskwelahan na naghihintay na lang na payagan din,” he added.

The pilot in-person classes in 100 public schools kicked off last November 15. (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

DepEd says more students enrolled for basic education in SY 2021-2022

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The official enrollment in formal basic education has increased to more than 27.2 million this year, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday.

In a statement, the DepEd said that as of November 15, a total of 27,232,095 students are officially enrolled in formal basic education for the School Year 2021-2022.

This figure is 3.83% higher than the 26,227,022 enrollments last school year.

By sector, DepEd noted that public schools enrollment increased by 1,187,632 or by 5.23% from last year’s recorded figure while there was a slight decrease in enrollment in private schools, state universities and colleges, and LUCs, and Philippine Schools Overseas (PSOs).

“This confirms our earlier statement that that our learners last year continued their participation in formal school this year, and that a considerable number of those who skipped last school year have returned to school,” DepEd said.

“We expect to move close to the enrollment quick count of 28 million with the extension of enrollment updating to end-November,” it added.

The department also noted a reversal in the trend on transfer of learners this year.

“More than 612,140 learners transferred from public to private schools, while more than 305,513 learners transferred from private to public schools, for a net transfer from public to private schools of 306,627,” it said.

The DepEd, however, said the enrollment data is not yet final as there are still 520 schools that have yet to update their enrollment profile in the department’s Learner Information System.

“For this reason, we have kept the system open to allow these schools to update their enrollment profile in the LIS up to end-November 2021. We have notified the Division Superintendents where the non-participating schools are located to find out the reasons why these schools have not updated their enrollment profile, and to provide assistance in completing the LIS updating if necessary,” it said.

The DepEd said it will release a “more granular enrollment analysis” after November 30.

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