DepEd, DOH Collaborate on the Guidelines for Reintroducing Face-to-Face Classes
DEPED – The Department of Education is working with the Department of Health (DOH) in the guidelines for the reintroduction of face-to-face classes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the operation in schools. For more than a year now, classes are under the blended learning scheme – the lessons are delivered either through modules or online classes. The national government is putting the safety of the students as the top consideration.
Previously, there were attempts to return the face-to-face mode but it was halted following another spike in the COVID-19 cases in the country and the detection of new variants of the virus. There were variants that were found to be faster when it comes to transmissibility.
Meanwhile, amid the situation now, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) are working together on guidelines to be used in case the face-to-face classes would be resumed.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, chief of staff of the Office of the Secretary undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan expressed that the guidelines are subject to the approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Previously, the Chief Executive expressed that he will only allow the resumption of the face-to-face classes once the country has already achieved the herd immunity.
In the pursuit to achieve population protection, vaccination is ongoing now. The target is to vaccinate 70 million people.
According to Malaluan, Pres. Duterte allowed the preparation like the crafting of the guidelines for the reintroduction of the face-to-face classes but the approval to push through with the resumption depends on him. He stressed that they want the guidelines to be finished as soon as possible.
“Kasama dyan iyong pagpapalalim ng paghahanda ng mga paaralan natin, pag-communicate dyan sa field units natin para mapaghandaan,” the official said.
Malaluan expressed that they will continue with the preparation as they await the President’s approval. They continue to refine the risk assessment tools in the Department of Education (DepEd).
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