Surge in COVID-19 cases prompts DepEd Antique to suspend module distribution, retrieval

Published April 8, 2021, 9:22 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) in Antique has temporarily suspended the distribution and retrieval of self learning modules (SLMs) due to the due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the province.

(Photo from DepEd Tayo Antique/FB)

The DepEd Schools Division of Antique ordered the suspension of the retrieval and distribution of SLMs from April 5 to 19, 2021 to ensure the safety of both parents and teachers.

DepEd-Antique Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Felisa Beriong issued a memorandum dated April 5 on the cancellation of retrieval and distribution of modules for both public and private elementary and secondary schools.

“Parents must be notified not to go school to get or return the modules,” Beriong said.

Additionally, all school heads and para teachers were also directed not report to their respective schools within the said period – noting that Work from Home (WFH) will be in place.

Teachers were asked to do school-related tasks at home which include checking the output of learners, prepare Learning Activity Sheets (LAS) for struggling learners, prepared integrated performance tasks for the remaining quarters, hold online classes, print, collate and staple additional modules or LAS and perform other tasks assigned by the school head.

Likewise, para-teachers were asked to “coordinate with the school heads and assist teachers” in accomplishing mentioned tasks.

Furthermore, Beriong reminded all concerned to ensure that “communication lines must be open” – especially during working hours.

Meanwhile, Beriong noted that remote early enrollment “shall continue” and advised school heads to “encode enrollment data” at the Learners Information System (LIS) Early Enrollment Facility.

The DepEd is conducting the early registration for incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7 and 11 for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 from March 26 to April 30, 2021.

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Earlier, a teachers group also noted that “module distribution in many areas” – particularly in the Metro Manila and other places where the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is enforced – were halted.

Due to community restrictions, the group claimed that distribution of modules is being done via social media – particularly through Facebook messenger where teachers send digital copies of the modules, photos of learning materials, and activities to multiple group chats accessed by the their students.

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