DepEd adopts social distancing measures on schools amid COVID-19

DepEd adopts social distancing measures on schools amid COVID-19

PASIG CITY, March 12 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) adopts social distancing measures on the scheduled 4th Quarter Examinations and other remaining school activities amid the latest developments of COVID-19 to mitigate possible community transmissions.

“In NCR, all remaining 4th Quarter Examinations will be scheduled on a staggered basis from March 16 to 20 to reduce the number of students in the school per day,” DepEd said in a press statement.

Teachers are expected to communicate with their students on pointers to review for examination and students should come to school from March 16 to 20 on their examination dates.

Schools outside NCR may proceed with scheduled 4th Quarter Exams from March 11 to 13 or use these dates to comply with the remaining class requirements and administer the 4th Quarter exams from March 16 to 20 on a staggered basis.

“Any further school requirements shall as far as practicable be done as home-based assignments and any compelling need to come to school shall observed all applicable COVID-19 precautions,” DepEd advised.

Meanwhile, moving up and graduation rites in each school have the discretion to hold it within the week of April 13-17, 2020 while applying appropriate safety precautions as prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH).

“In consultation with Parents-Teachers Association, schools may choose to reschedule or forego the holding of graduation and moving up rites if the public health situation prevent the holding these events in the said week,” DepEd said.

DepEd added that private schools in the basic education level are highly encouraged to adopt the guidelines of the remaining period of the school year.

On March 9, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced the suspension of classes in all levels in NCR from March 10 to 14 as the confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. The suspension serves as a social distancing measure intended to slow down local transmission.

“This social distancing measure for schools will only be effective is students, parents, and the local governments will do their part in ensuring that students avoid places like malls, movie houses, markets, and similar crowded places,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said.

DepEd will continue to closely monitor the situation and shall take informed, coordinated actions with DOH to help in containing the COVID-19 spread. (PIA-NCR)

Published at Thu, 12 Mar 2020 03:38:18 +0000