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Duterte approves Sept. 13 as new school opening

Jul 17, 2021, 5:15 AM
Rose De La Cruz

Rose De La Cruz

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“The school calendar for SY 2021-2022 will be released soon. We hope for our stakeholders’ continued cooperation and support as we prepare for another challenging yet worthwhile endeavor of educating our children amid a global health crisis,” DepEd said.

Citing orders of the President, the Department of Education announced that the opening date for school year 2021-2022 is on September 13.

DepEd posted the announcement on its website today saying the President approved this date among options recommended by Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

DepEd previously proposed the following dates: Aug. 23, 2021, Sept. 6, or Sept. 13.

“The school calendar for SY 2021-2022 will be released soon. We hope for our stakeholders’ continued cooperation and support as we prepare for another challenging yet worthwhile endeavor of educating our children amid a global health crisis,” DepEd said.

Mode of instruction

DepEd has not provided details on the mode of instruction, whether it will be hybrid learning where some students attend physical classes while others join virtually from home, or totally physical classes.

Face-to-face classes have been suspended since mid-March 2020.

For weeks now, the Department of Health (DOH) and its child health experts have been discussing with DepEd plans to pilot limited face-to-face classes.

Last month, Duterte decided to postpone the implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas, and that enhanced blended learning will continue.

“Our utmost priority is the safety of our 27 million learners and more than 840,000 teachers and we will defer to the professional assessment of the Department of Health (DOH), the IATF, and the wisdom of the President in ensuring their protection,” said DepEd in a separate official statement posted on June 22, 2021.

Face-to-face classes are not allowed and only distance learning modalities should be carried out in private schools and non-DepEd public schools, according to the agency.

Private schools and non-DepEd public schools can also start their classes for the school year 2021-2022 ahead of the general school opening after the submission of documents to DepEd related to readiness assessment.

Tags: #DepartmentOfEducation, #schoolopening, #Covid19, #facetofaceclasses


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