The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday said at least 120 schools would pilot the limited face-to-face classes after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the policy in areas identified as low-risk for Covid-19.
In an interview over Daily Tribune’s morning show Gising Na!, DepEd Undersecretary for Instructions and Curriculum Diosdado San Antonio, students from kindergarten to Grade 3 are allowed to discuss with child health experts attend in-school classes for at least three hours. Senior high school students can attend classes for up to four hours, but the subject will only be limited to the Techbook track.
“But the host LGU (local government unit) has to agree to open the pilot school in their locality. In addition, the parents have to give consent to allow their children to attend in-school classes,” San Antonio added.
The participating schools should also be near the students to prevent them from taking public transport. If the students are required to commute to the school, transportation should be arranged for them, he added.
On the part of the school, the administrator or the principal should prepare their facilities to guarantee social distancing and the implementation of all the basic health protocols.
“There should be thermal scanners to check body temperatures, hand sanitizers, face shields, and masks, and the classrooms should be re-arranged to follow physical distancing and ensure the number of students is limited based on the agreed capacity,” he San Antonio pointed out.
“Our model is to alternate students every week so we can allow the most number to attend in-school classes. But we have to reiterate the cooperation of parents to ensure that we monitor the health status of the children. We also encourage the participating schools to draft their implementing guidelines for this pilot.”
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