DepEd guarantees safe back-to-school program
Department of Education gave an assurance to parents and stakeholders that health and safety is the top priority upon the opening of classes on August 24.
Secretary Briones emphasized that the opening of classes does not mean physical return especially that we are still battling COVID-19 and the vaccine is still uncertain.
“I acknowledge the fears and apprehensions of our learners, parents, and teachers, that attending schools in August might still not be safe in light of COVID-19,” Briones said in an online press briefing.
DepEd is currently studying possible mass testing of students and school personnel to determine and control the risk of the virus to spread.
“I would like to assure everyone, as I have presented to the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force], that we will observe all the guidelines of the DOH [Department of Health] and the IATF, on whether the risks classification in a locality will allow face-to-face attendance in schools, or not,” she added.
Schools can opt for distant learning, which is considered the new normal way of education. But still, there are teachers who prefer to have physical learning set up.
“I similarly acknowledge the fears and apprehensions of our learners, parents, and teachers, that we might not be ready for distance learning, with issues about access to online platforms and availability of gadgets,” Briones explained. “I assure everyone that we are working double-time to ready our system, at the central and field units, to deliver accessibly and quality distance education,” she added.
DepEd asks for understanding and support from parents, teachers, and stakeholders as they are doing their best to come up with the best plan in continuing education without compromising health and safety.