November 16, 2021

On Nov. 15, 100 PH public schools will reopen for limited in-person classes.

Approximately 100 public schools across the country will reopen to students for limited in-person classes on Monday, 20 months after they were closed due to the pandemic last year.

The Department of Education (DepEd) issued a statement welcoming the students, teachers, and other participants in the pilot in-person classes, which will run until January of next year.

“From the planning stages since 2020 to this monumental day,” it said, “we are grateful for everyone who supported this key phase in our safe return to school advocacy.” “We appreciate the Department of Health’s assistance, as well as that of the IATF, child health experts, local government units, international and local partners, school personnel, parents, and other stakeholders, in reinforcing our shared responsibility framework in this critical undertaking.”

The start of the second grading quarter of School Year 2021-2022 coincides with the start of the pilot run.

The agency will evaluate the program’s implementation after January 31 and present a report to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Department of Education stated that it recognizes the importance of face-to-face classes in the social development of students.

More students in public and private schools will be able to participate in face-to-face classes in the coming months, thanks to Duterte’s approval to expand the number of schools participating in the pilot program.

“We are optimistic that our Bayanihan spirit will live on to ensure the safety of involved stakeholders and the success of this pilot run as we take a huge step of reintroducing face-to-face classes amidst the public health situation,” the DepEd said.

The department urged the public to help improve the country’s Covid-19 situation by following health protocols so that more schools can safely reopen across the country.

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