As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remain a threat, schools have shut down to ensure the safety of students and teachers. However, it’s still a question of whether schools will open for the next school year, and if it will, when?
Well, according to the Department of Education, schools will reopen on August 24.
Face-to-face classes not required
Once schools reopen, students and teachers will not be required to physically go to school, says Education Secretary Leonor Briones. This is due to lockdowns that may still be in place in specific areas. Hence different approaches, such as online learning, are encouraged.
The DepEd further clarifies that field units will decide on the appropriate mode of delivery, which will depend on the schools’ situations and locations.
Distance learning eyed
Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla says that the DepEd has drafted a strategy to combine distance learning with the formal education scheme.
“When we say opening of the school, it does not mean that we will be asking the teachers and students to physically report to the school,” Sevilla said in a DZBB interview.
“We are preparing modules para minimum lang ang face-to-face interaction,” Sevilla added. “‘Yung pag move ng opening from June to August, this will give us more time to train our personnel and the students for distance learning, so the school opening could happen without them going out of their houses.”
The DepEd’s field units will decide on the appropriate delivery modes, which will depend on the schools’ situations and locations. Students may also be consulted upon enrolment regarding their preferred method of learning and their available gadgets at home.
Teachers, on the other hand, will be going to work by June to get ready for the new school year. Those who are aged 60 and above and are vulnerable to COVID-19 are required to work on improving modules on distance learning.