The regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd 11) clarified on Thursday that schools have not been given the green light to employ home schooling for the opening of classes on August 24, 2020.
Jenielito “Dodong” Atillo, spokesperson of DepEd 11, disclosed that there is no official policy yet from DepEd central office for home learning to be utilized as the “new normal” alternative for face-to-face classes.
Atillo made this clear particularly to all private schools in the region.
“Gisulti nako ni daan at least klaro labi na sa mga private schools na nag-paminaw na karon nga dili pa ni siya puwede i-employ as of the moment because there is no policy yet nga gipahiluna, although, naa na’y namugna pero ipanaog pa ni sa central office sa regional office for our comment,” he said.
According to Atillo, DepEd 11 still needs to assess and give its comments for submission to DepEd central office before the agency comes up with an official policy for home schooling.
“As of now we are preparing for this and hopefully will not take long because schools are waiting for this kung unsa ang sistema for home schooling,” he said.
Home schooling is among five modalities cited as among the options for the delivery of learning approved by DepEd central office. It can be used for are blended learning, distance learning, face to face, and apprenticeship.
Atillo said the preferred mode of learning depends on the capacity and access of the schools to certain platforms.
“In rural areas dili ta puwede ug mag-padagan ug online system of modality because majority of our rural areas do not have internet connections yet,” he said.
He explained that what is ideal for schools in the rural areas is the distance learning system where schools will have modular and face to face mode of learning.
He added that face-to-face modality will be implemented only to schools in areas where there are no other ways to lean on as a solution for learning.
“Kung maka-online ang bata, puwede man mag-implement ug blended learning because on blended learning naa ang online, face to face ug modular,” he said.
Atillo emphasized that in face-to-face mode, teachers and students do not necessarily mean that they will undergo the traditional in-classroom set-up to secure the health and safety of the students.
“Dili necessary the whole week sila mag-spend ug face to face in the school. A maximum of three hours lang ug dili pa jud na muabot ug three hours. Mga usa o duha ka adlaw lang,” he said.
Atillo said majority of the time of the students will be utilized in their homes as they will be given modules or kits.
“Ang estudyante tagaan namo ug learning modules ug kits that they will bring home but prior to that there will be instructions that will be given by the teachers kung unsa ilang pagabuhaton,” he said.
Atillo said the number of students each classroom will be limited from 15 to 20. He said those students who have access to internet can go online and no need to go to school.
“Ug katong dili ma-cater sama sa mga eskwelahan nga naa sa bukid ug wala capacity na maka-online learning, mag face to face ang mga estudyante pero depende sa adlaw, like karong adlawa ang mu-report 20 kabuok estudyante while the rest will be waiting at their homes,” he said.
“We are very clear in stating that there will be no face to face on August 24 and we will ensure that the health protocols will be implemented on the opening of classes,” he added.
DepEd assured that it will be implementing policies and measures in line with the mandate of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases from the conduct of the enrolment, which will cover from June 1 to 30, and the start of classes.
“DepEd 11 has come up with an online system for enrolment and with the simple use of your mobile phone you can avail of the enrolment procedures, katong walay gadgets, they can go to the schools but we will be implementing health protocols and we will not really cater you if you are not wearing face masks, not adhering to social distancing in lining up,” he said.
Teachers are currently undergoing virtual training to equip them when classes resume.
“We really have to hone their skills because we are now in the new normal, in this new normal daghan nakalitan ani. Mura ni ug refresher course because they already undergone this for quite some time,” he said.