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Duterte OKs January dry run of face-to-face classes in low COVID-risk areas

/ 08:46 PM December 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte approved the conduct of a dry run of face-to-face classes in select schools in areas deemed low-risk to SARS-CoV-2 transmission for the whole month of January 2021.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Duterte approved the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) during Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

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It’s not yet clear, however, exactly when in January the dry run will start.

The DepEd will be tasked to coordinate with the National Task Force against COVID-19 for the monitoring of the conduct of the face-to-face classes dry run.

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“The pilot shall be done under strict health and safety measures, and where there is a commitment for shared responsibility among DepEd, local government units, and parents,” Roque said.

Roque noted that the face-to-face classes dry run will not be compulsory on the part of the learner/parents.

A parent’s permit will be needed for a student to participate in the pilot implementation, the Palace official said.

Classes resumed nationwide on Oct. 5 with schools utilizing distance learning modality— a combination of online and modular learning—as campuses stay closed and physical classes remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 is a respiratory ailment caused by the new variant of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

DepEd moves opening of classes to October 5

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