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DepEd to consider NegOr as dry-run area for face-to-face classes

Dry-run area for face-to-face classes

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said they will consider Negros Oriental as part in the pilot testing areas for face-to-face classes when time comes.

Briones said the program was supposed to begin this January, but President Duterte withdrew his approval to conduct dry-run of face-to-face classes in selected areas.

Briones added that 118 schools in the province would have been considered for the pilot testing which is now suspended, but the local government unit of La Libertad has intimated its desire to take part in the pilot testing.

“If they can comply with requirements, we will consider them, however, there are some requirements that must be met,” she said.

Things to consider would include the approval of the LGU, certain requirements from the Department of Health, written parents’ consent for their children who will be attending face-to-face classes, transportation, and canteens that provide food for the students.

As of now, President Duterte has not yet reconsidered the holding of pilot testing for face-to-face classes due to the threat of the new Covid-19 variants.

“But for sure, once the program will be implemented, we will consider Negros Oriental because it is very active in education,” Briones said.