DepEd revises the SSAT for face-to-face courses
Students at Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School in Manila attend face-to-face classes as the government eased restrictions with Metro Manila under Alert Level 1 since March 1, 2022. PHOTO BY MANILA TIMES FILE
THE Department of Education (DepEd) has revised the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) to further stimulate the gradual expansion of face-to-face classes across the country for basic education.
DepEd said the SSAT review aims to better engage and prepare schools for safe, effective and efficient course delivery, taking into account the results of monitoring and evaluation of the pilot implementation of face-to-face lessons.
The review focuses on four areas, namely management of school operations, emphasis on teaching and learning, well-being and protection, and school-community coordination.
As part of school operations management, schools should receive support from community stakeholders with emphasis on the shared responsibility framework, as simulation activities between school staff should be conducted for good management. in-person lessons with the written consent of the parents of the participating students.
To focus on teaching and learning, a school’s readiness will be measured by its ability to ensure an adequate supply of necessary learning resources in the expansion and design classroom curriculum that s will be aimed at students with courses on campus as well as those taking courses and activities remotely.
Schools that intend to participate in face-to-face classes should also develop strategies to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 between stakeholders and maintain the provision of basic mental health services and psychosocial support to ensure the welfare and protection of students.
Additionally, schools should develop an implementation plan for coordinating with their respective local government unit to ensure that health and safety protocols have been properly observed and for implementing school vaccination. school, among others.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones assured that the revised SSAT prioritizes the safety and well-being of students, teachers and school staff, especially with the physical reopening of schools of courses opposite to faced in areas under Level 1 and 2 alert status.
“Our SSAT will not be the final determinant of whether a school will participate in our phased expansion. It is our way of preparing our schools for the eventual reopening and informing them of the required indicators and standards they must meet to ensure safety. of our learners and school staff,” she said.
The latest figures show that more than 25,700 schools are participating in in-person classes – 25,122 are public schools and 664 are private academic institutions.