The opening of classes for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 will be on Sept. 13, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday, July 16, announced.
“We thank the President for his full support to the delivery of quality basic education for the incoming school year,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said in a statement.
President Duterte has approved the Sept. 13 opening date for the upcoming school year among the options recommended by Briones.
Meanwhile, DepEd said that the school calendar for SY 2021-2022 will also be “released soon” following the approval of the Sept. 13 school opening date.
The opening of classes for the upcoming school year was announced amidst the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.
Following the decision of the President not to allow the conduct of face-to-face classes, it is expected that distance or blended learning will still be implemented for SY 2021-2022.
However, DepEd remained hopeful that the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low risk areas will still be considered by the President.
In SY 2020-2021, more than 26 million enrollees in the basic education level learned their lessons at home through multiple learning delivery modalities such as printed or offline modular learning, online learning, television-based instruction, radio-based instruction or a combination of two or more delivery modalities under blended learning.
Following the announcement of the school opening date for SY 2021-2022, DepEd expressed optimism that it will receive support from various stakeholders to ensure learning continuity amidst the pandemic.
“We hope for our stakeholders’ continued cooperation and support as we prepare for another challenging yet worthwhile endeavor of educating our children amid a global health crisis,” DepEd said.
Meanwhile, private schools and non-DepEd public schools are expected to deviate from the approved Sept. 13 school opening date for public schools.
This after DepEd in June announced that private schools may start their respective school openings as soon as they are ready, provided that there will be no face-to-face classes.