DepEd: Mandatory in-person classes from November 2

THE Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Tuesday that all public and private schools are required to hold face-to-face lessons from November 2, 2022, as set out in DepEd Order 34, Series of 2022 signed by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Education Undersecretary Epimaco Densing 3rd said schools can choose to implement five days of in-person learning from the start of the school year on August 22, or slowly transition from modality to from full distance learning to blended learning – three days of in-person classes and two days of distance learning, to four days of in-person instruction and one day of distance learning – from August 22 to October 31, then implement the five days of in-person classes beginning Nov. 2.

He noted that there will be no additional inspections, tools or requirements to reopen schools and implement five days of face-to-face classes, except for compliance with permits and licenses. usual pre-pandemic regulations, as required by law or ordinances.

Densing said in-person classes would continue regardless of alert level status unless otherwise directed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

“The general rule of the DepEd, regardless of the alert level, is that we will move or continue with face-to-face courses. However, the DepEd will relent and follow should the IATF-EID decide that there is a certain local government unit that will close or recommend or approve that certain classes in a specific region or LGU return to distance learning. It will be on a case-by-case basis,” he explained.

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The DepEd Undersecretary also announced that the Department of Education will upload additional funds to schools to ensure compliance with health safety protocols amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regional directors have also been tasked with determining and ensuring social distancing in classrooms to prevent congestion and the spread of the virus, as the capacities of each class vary.

Densing added that DepEd officials will also meet with other government agencies on Friday to discuss protocols on student transportation in preparation for full face-to-face classes.

DepEd Order 34 reported that the 2022-2023 school year for public schools, including community learning centers, will officially open August 22, 2022 and end July 7, 2023.

“The school year will consist of 203 school days or as may be determined by other broadcasts in the event of changes in the school calendar due to unforeseen circumstances,” he said.

On the other hand, private schools and public and local universities and colleges offering basic education can also implement the schedule, or they can start classes no earlier than the first Monday in June and no later than the last day. of August.

Learning interventions for the alternative learning system will also begin on August 22, while the duration of the program will depend on the learner’s background or existing level of knowledge prior to enrolling in ESL.

The registration period for public schools in the new school year will be from July 25 to August 22, while Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from August 1 to August 26 and August 15, respectively.

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