School opening stays on June 3 – DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2019   •   4620

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) maintained that the school opening for the basic education level this School Year (SY) 2019-2020 will remain on June 3.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained that the school calendar for this coming school year has already been approved and is set to be released next week.

Briones expressed the agency’s reluctance to move the school calendar because of three major considerations that involve students and learners such as school facilities, health, and other “summer” activities already scheduled.

The Education Secretary emphasized on the matter following a directive from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) which ordered all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) as well as Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) to shift their respective academic calendars to August starting the Academic Year (AY) 2019-2020. – Marje Pelayo

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.

Teachers, school staff in pilot run of in-person classes should be fully vaxxed vs COVID-19 — DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — All teachers and school personnel who will be participating in the pilot run of face-to-face classes should be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday.

During a joint presser held by DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH), Education Secretary Leonor Briones said teachers joining the dry run need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They should also be under 65 years old without any co-morbidities.

“I believe that if we will push through with this pilot study, we must ensure that the teachers, the staff, the officials who will deal with children, have to be vaccinated,” Briones said.

“This was agreed on by the DepEd and DOH that vaccinations should be there to ensure the safety of our children,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in the same press event.

DepEd earlier said that COVID-19 vaccinations will not be mandatory for teaching and non-teaching personnel joining the pilot test.

The DOH, however, said that regular, mandatory testing for teachers and students is still not being discussed.

“We still follow our risk-based testing protocols. We do not recommend the regular testing of students and even teachers and non-teaching personnel in order for them to go to schools,” Vergeire said.

She assured that contingency plans are being prepared to ensure the prevention of infections in schools during the pilot test.

The DepEd has been preparing to conduct a dry run for limited physical classes in areas classified as low-risk for COVID-19.

The pilot run will be implemented in 100 public elementary schools, from kindergarten to Grade 3, five public senior high schools, and 20 private schools.

The number of students participating in the program will also be limited, with consent from parents.

Under the approved guidelines, Kindergarten classes will include 12 learners, while Grades 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.

The dry run will be carried out for two months.

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

Physical classes in most schools in the country have been suspended since the pandemic due to the threat of novel coronavirus disease.

DepEd seeks help of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) has sought the assistance of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups.

In a statement on Wednesday (September 22), the education department said it denounces any form of academic dishonesty.

They have monitored that answers to self-learning modules (SLMs) are uploaded on Facebook groups dubbed as Online Kopyahan.

“The Department does not tolerate the perpetuation of cheating regardless of the learning delivery modality. We are now exhausting all possible means to put a stop to these activities. We have already sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification,” the department said.

According to DepEd, the SLMs are used to gauge how well the students learned the lesson. The said activities are not graded, however, learners are encouraged to demonstrate what they can and cannot do without feeling obligated to always get it right The department said that online cheating demeans the quality of education it is committed to improve.

DepEd also appealed to teachers, and learners to help eradicate online cheating. AAC

 

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