DepEd monitors first day of pilot face-to-face classes in private schools

Published November 22, 2021, 4:02 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

In an effort to ensure the smooth implementation of pilot face-to-face classes in private schools, officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, Nov. 22, personally visited some participating schools in the pilot run.

First day of pilot face-to-face classes in Midsayap Montessori Center, Cotabato Province on Nov. 22, 2021. (Photo from DepEd)

On its Facebook page, DepEd provided updates on the first day of pilot face-to-face classes in private schools.

Bureau of Curriculum Development Director Jocelyn Andaya personally inspected two private schools in Central Luzon that are included in the pilot study of limited face-to-face classes: Academica de Meridien in San Antonio, Zambales and Mother of Good Counsel Seminary in San Fernando, Pampanga.

During her visit, Andaya shared that the students were very excited to go back to their schools.

“Nakita ko ang kahandaan ng ating mga paaralan at ang pagtutulungan ng mga paaralan at ng mga lokal na pamahalaan (I saw the readiness of our schools and the cooperation of schools and local governments),” Andaya explained.

Andaya explained that both public and private schools underwent the same selection process for pilot face-to-face classes.

All 120 schools – 100 public and 20 private – were subjected to School Safety Assessment and Validation and were given permission by their respective local government units (LGUs) to hold limited in-person classes.

As part of the Joint Memorandum Circular of DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH), parent’s consent was also needed before students can participate in the pilot run.

Meanwhile, Gamot Cogon Waldorf School, a private school in Zarraga, Iloilo, started the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes with a flag raising ceremony.

At least 60 students from Grade 1 Grade will participate in the pilot run.

To ensure everyone’s safety, handwashing area, drop off points, parents holding area, and flaglets for pedestrian and distance protocol were put in place to ensure that health protocols are observed.

Pilot face-to- face classes also started in Oxmont Memorial Academy in Calinog, Iloilo.

Meanwhile, DepEd SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director Carlito Rocafort also visited Midsayap Montessori Center in Cotabato Province where 64 Kindergarten to Grade 3 pupils joined the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes.

DepEd confirmed that 18 out of the 20 private schools which were earlier identified pushed through with the first day of pilot face-to-face classes.


18 out of 20 chosen private schools push through with pilot face-to-face classes on Nov. 22