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    DepEd prepares for limited face-to-face classes for SY 2021-2022

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is preparing for an “ideal scenario” in the coming school year 2021-2022 where limited face-to-face classes will be allowed.

    In an interview, Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio disclosed that DepEd is already preparing strategies should the limited in-person classes resume in the next school year.

    DepEd prepares for limited face-to-face classes
    PHOTO CREDIT: ABS-CBN News

    "Iyong ideal scenario namin, papayagan na ang mga bata na magpunta sa school, kahit paminsan-minsan. May pinaghahandaan din kaming stratehiya para diyan,” San Antonio told ABS-CBN News.

    In the same interview, the DepEd official revealed that the student’s break will be shortened from 8 weeks to 6 weeks. The department targets July 10 as the last day of classes for the current school year and August 23 as the opening of classes for the next school year.

    During a Senate hearing on the proposed in-person classes last month, a half-day rule, either in the morning or in the afternoon, will be implemented once face-to-face classes start.

    DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said: “The class schedules will vary between schools, but a general rule will be the face-to-face classes will be for a maximum of a half day only.”

    Acording to Malaluan, only one class per grade level will be held in a small school, a maximum of three classes in a medium-sized school, and a maximum of five classes in big school.

    Twenty learners will be allowed in classrooms measuring 7 x 9 meters, while 16 learners will be accommodated inside small classrooms to ensure physical distancing. Moreover, school activities and lectures can be done in open spaces.

    Malaluan reiterated that pupils and students have to take their lunch at home since canteens will be off-limits.

    A maximum of 50 schools per region will be allowed to participate in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes. Participating schools, whether public or private, must meet the eligibility criteria set by DepEd.

    — Mini, The Summit Express

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