Only 30 schools in pilot run of in-person classes

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AMID preparations to physically reopen schools for the conduct of limited face-to-face classes, only 30 schools have been determined by the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement a pilot implementation starting November 15.

DepEd Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Malcolm Garma explained that from the list of 59 schools recommended by the Department of Health (DoH) from the initially recommended 638 schools, only 30 will participate in the pilot study based on revalidation efforts and reports from regional offices.

“Out of the 59 schools from the initial list, 30 of them will start the pilot face-to-face classes on November 15. These 30 schools have passed our validation based on the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT),” he said.

Garma clarified that the department will try to fill in the 120 slots for both public and private schools, but it will not insist on completing the list unless there are enough schools validated by DepEd and DoH regional offices based on the SSAT.

“There are 46 schools from participating regions appealing to join the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes, Further validation will be conducted if these schools are included in the initial 638 nominated schools. … We don’t have to complete the 120 schools; we’ll only push through with those that passed the assessment because we cannot force without the concurrence of LGUs (local government units),” he said.

Similarly, International Schools will also be allowed to conduct limited face-to-face classes upon approval of the DepEd but are subject to a different set of guidelines determined by the department.

The pilot study of limited face-to-face classes will be conducted for two months, but those schools that have already started may continue to do so until the end of the school year given that safety measures are continuously followed and enforced.

“With the 100 schools as the pilot, we will now venture with the expansion program based on the study. The pilot implementation refers only to the period of the study, after the two months, schools may continue to hold blended home-based and face-to-face classes until the end of the school year, unless stopped by adverse situations,” Garma said.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the timeline for the pilot study may be adjusted based on results of the pilot study.

“There are preparations to be made and after the prescribed period, there are also assessments to be conducted, so perhaps one month might be too short. … But we are open to [shortening] it if we are satisfied that it works and it is helpful,” she added.

Briones said data to be collected from the study will be important with the expansion of face-to-face classes to more schools in the future.

The 30 schools that will start face-to-face classes on November 15 are:

Region 5 (Bicol Region): Gutusan Elementary School (Masbate City, Masbate), Mary B. Perpetua National High School (Milagros, Masbate) and Sinalongan Elementary School (Masbate City, Masbate).

Region 6 (Western Visayas): Mayabas Elementary School (Barbaza, Antique), Igsoro Elementary School (Bugasong, Antique) and Laserna Integrated School (Nabas, Aklan).

Region 7 (Central Visayas): Basak Elementary School (Samboan, Cebu), Mahanlud Elementary School (Malabuyoc, Cebu), Cabagdalan Elementary School (Balamban, Cebu), Luyongbaybay Elementary School (Bantayan, Cebu), Cañang-Marcelo National High School (Oslob, Cebu), Busay National High School (Moalboal, Cebu), Pilar National High School (Pilar, Cebu) and Siocon Elementary School (Bogo City, Cebu).

Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula): Siloh Elementary School (Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay), San Vicente Elementary School (Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay), Manga National High School (Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur), Manga Elementary School (Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur), Lala Elementary School (Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur), Sominot National High School (Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur), Tabina Elementary School (Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur) and Guipos National High School (Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur).

Region 10 (Northern Mindanao): Dalama Central Elementary School (Baroy, Lanao del Norte), Babalaya Elementary School (Bacolod, Lanao del Norte), Napo Elementary School (Linamon, Lanao del Norte), Masibay Integrated School (Nunungan, Lanao del Norte), Tambacon Integrated School (Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte) and Marcela T. Mabanta National High School (Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte).

Region 12 (Soccsksargen): Paco National High School (Kidapawan City, North Cotabato) and Bato Elementary School (Makilala, North Cotabato).

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