Close to 70 percent of the 1,172 schools under the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office (SDO) of the province of Iloilo are now implementing the limited face-to-face (F2F) classes as of Monday.
“All in all, we have 812 schools that have already opened their limited face-to-face classes on Monday,” SDO Iloilo Superintendent Ma. Luz de los Reyes said in an interview.
These are composed of 133 secondary, 589 elementary schools, 55 integrated and 35 private schools.
Further, 158 came from the province’s first district, 123 from second, 191 from third, 71 from fourth and 269 from fifth district.
De los Reyes said she hoped that all schools would be able to also open their blended learning, a combination of limited face-to-face and modular, come new school year.
“Those who have not opened yet, they still have time. Hopefully, they can open because supposedly, our target is 100 percent,” she said.
Most of those who have yet to get their go signal lack the physical facilities and management plan, she added.
De los Reyes said they have not received any negative feedback from those that are already implementing their F2F.
Instead, both parents and learners are enjoying and even excited for their face-to-face graduation.
On the part of the school, there was also a reduction in the volume of modules that they need to reproduce and school supplies that they have to prepare.
There was also a proper follow-up, monitoring, and physical count of learners aside from seeing them work on their school activities.
De los Reyes added the management plan of schools is also helpful in preventing any possible outbreak in school as until now, they have not monitored cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from schools that are offering the F2F classes.
“We still continue to adhere to the DOH (Department of Health) that we shall continue to wear masks, alcohol and follow health protocols. That is still part of the assessment that our schools provide for the health kit, hand washing area. In the absence of these, they are not qualified to open,” she added.
Source: Philippines News Agency