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DepEd revises SSAT for face-to-face classes

DepEd revises SSAT for face-to-face classes

The Department of Education (DepEd), on Tuesday, announced that it revised the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT).

“The health, safety, and well-being of our learners, teachers, and personnel remain as our utmost priority. Our revised SSAT will help the Department mobilize the progressive expansion of our face-to-face classes,” said DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones in a press statement.

The revised SSAT focuses on four main areas: 

  • Managing School Operations, 
  • Focusing on Teaching and Learning, 
  • Well-being and Protection, and
  • School-Community coordination.

In Managing School Operations, schools must ensure that learners who will take part in face to face classes will submit a parent’s consent.

Focus on Teaching and Learning states that securing a “sufficient supply of learning resources” is needed.

Under the “Well-being and protection”, schools are needed to develop strategies to prevent Covid-19 transmission and maintain the provision of mental health services.

In addition, a school must develop an implementation plan for coordination with the local government to ensure that health and safety protocols have been observed correctly and for the implementation of school-based immunization,” Briones added.

DepEd clarified that SSAT will not be the “final determinant” if a school will take part in the progressive expansion of face-to-face classes.

“It is our way to prepare schools for the eventual reopening and to inform them of the required indicators and standards that they need to meet to ensure the safety of our learners and school personnel,” said Briones.