DepEd to schools: Prepare for expansion phase of face-to-face classes

Published November 13, 2021, 8:04 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot


Even before the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes starts next week, the Department of Education (DepEd) has urged schools nationwide to start conducting self-assessment in preparation for its expansion phase.

“DepEd will implement face-to-face [classes] with safety measures in place,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones assured.


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Briones said that DepEd has been instructed to implement face-to-face in a select number of schools for the pilot run. The agency looks forward to eventually covering the entire school system when it comes to the implementation of face-to-face classes.

Given this, DepEd is encouraging all public schools nationwide to start conducting self-assessment using the School Safety Assessment Tool in preparation for the expansion phase of the face-to-face classes.

“We will be reporting updates regularly to the President and the general public,” Briones said.

‘Very high’ vaccination status of personnel nationwide

As part of its guidelines to ensure the health and safety of those who will participate in the pilot face-to-face classes set to start on Nov. 15 in 100 public schools, DepEd said that it continues to monitor the vaccination status of its personnel.


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Briones said that DepEd has “high vaccination numbers” of school staff nationwide, including those teaching and non-teaching personnel in participating schools.

“Very high ang vaccination status. Napakataas kasi summer pa, wala pa iyong approval ng President [for face-to-face], ay sinabihan na namin ang aming teachers na makikilahok sila (The vaccination status is very high. It’s very high because even during summer, without the President’s approval [for face-to-face], we have already told our teachers to participate),” Briones explained.

In Tamulaya Elementary School in Polillo Island, for instance, DepEd said that all teaching and non-teaching personnel are 100 percent fully vaccinated.

TES is among the 100 public schools chosen by DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) to participate in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes scheduled from Nov. 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022.


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Related to this, Briones assured that DepEd is also coordinating with the National Task Force for COVID-19 to fast-track the vaccination of the personnel nationwide.

Meanwhile, Briones assured the general public that DepEd would continuously update the stakeholders on developing the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes as it will “set insights for the eventual expansion of face-to-face classes moving forward.”

On Nov. 12, DepEd announced that it will increase the number of participating schools in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes following the approval coming from the Office of the President.


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For the pilot run, 120 schools – 100 public and 20 private – were allowed by the President.

Given the latest development, more schools are expected to hold limited face-to-face classes which are scheduled to start on Nov. 15 for public schools and Nov. 22 for private schools.


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