120 schools eyes for face-to-face pilot classes

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Some 120 schools will be included in the pilot run of limited in-person or face-to-face classes in low-risk areas beginning on November 15, 2021, or the start of the second academic quarter.

During the Senate Committee hearing on basic education, arts, and culture, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan of the Department of Education (DepEd) said the end of the dry run will be on January 31, 2022.

The DepEd will then evaluate the pilot study and decide on whether more schools will be added to the list in time for the next academic quarter.

“While we are doing all of these, we will be preparing for assessments of possible expansion of schools,” Malaluan said.

The DepED on Wednesday released an initial list of 59 schools that will participate in the pilot of face-to-face (F2F) classes starting November 15.

In a statement, the agency said the listed schools were selected from 638 nominated schools nationwide.

“The chosen schools were inspected by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and were recognized minimal or low risk, based on the Alert Levels of provinces,” DepEd said in Filipino.

The pilot classes will cover Kindergarten to Grade 3 learners without existing comorbidities.

As for Senior High School students, only those taking subjects that require laboratories or workshops will be allowed to attend in-person classes.

Malaluan said the participation of students will be voluntary and will require signed consent from their parents.

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