By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Schools in the country are set to make use of different learning delivery options as the country plans for the so-called “new normal” amid the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases adopted the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday.
Under the adopted policy, basic education classes will reopen on August 24 and will end on April 30 next year. Meanwhile, the reopening of private schools can take place as early as next month but they can only conduct on-site learning starting August 24.
According to Roque, schools will have to make use of alternative learning options once the new school year starts. However, extracurricular activities and events that involve large crowds will have to be suspended
“Gagamitin po natin ang iba’t ibang learning delivery options tulad ng (We will use different learning delivery options like) face-to-face [learning], distance learning, at (and) homeschooling,” he said.
“Magkakaroon din po tayo ng mga pagkansela ng mga extracurricular activities kung saan merong malaking pagtitipon gaya ng (There will also be the cancellation of extracurricular activities where there are large crowds like) school sports, campus journalism, job fairs, at iba pa (among others),” he added.
Earlier, Malacañang said there was a need to suspend classes for as long as possible since young people, especially those going to school, have the most contact with the vulnerable population including the elderly.
The IATF earlier recommended that the next school year should start in September but the government decided to let the DepEd have the final say on the matter.
Under Republic Act No. 7977, the school year shall start on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.
Schools in the country have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.