The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday, Oct. 6, highlighted the framework of “shared responsibility” to ensure the safety of participants once the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes starts next month.
“Our responsibility for DepEd is to secure areas, the Local Government Units who have given their consent and are prepared to cooperate, the permission of parents, and also the readiness of our own facilities in DepEd for limited face-to-face learning,” Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement.
“On the other hand, the Department of Health [DOH] will assess the health side readiness of the school,” she added.
To ensure the safe operations of the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes, DepEd and the DOH came up with a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) which highlights the shared responsibility framework and key safety measures during the two-month period.
Together with DOH, DepEd assured that it will work with local government units, school officials, community stakeholders, and participating teachers and learners during the pilot run.
In the JMC of DepEd and DOH officially signed on Sept. 27, the national government has adopted the Shared Responsibility framework in the pilot implementation of physical classes to strengthen the school-community health and safety support system.
Under Safe Operations, a maximum of 120 schools or 95 elementary schools, five senior high schools, and 20 private schools will be chosen for the pilot.
Only a limited number of Kindergarten pupils, Grades 1 to 3 students and Senior High School (SHS) learners will be included in the pilot run.
The number of hours these students will stay in school during the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in low risk areas will be also be regulated.
To date, a total of 59 schools has already been identified by the DepEd and DOH to be included in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes to start on Nov. 15.