DepEd Says Pilot Testing of Face-to-Face Classes Half-Day Only

Pilot Testing of Physical Classes Half-Day Only, DepEd Says

The Department of Education (DepEd) said that the pilot testing of face-to-face classes will be half-day only.

On Wednesday (March 3, 2021), Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that student who will join the proposed pilot testing of physical classes would just attend school for half a day.

“The students will have to go home if their schedule is in the morning to have their lunch at home, or those who are coming for an afternoon schedule should’ve eaten already their lunch at home,” Malaluan said.

Pilot Testing

He explained that students who will have their schedule in the morning could have their lunch at home and afternoon schedule must eat their lunch at home. The pilot testing of physical classes will be just conducted in GCQ areas with low risk of COVID-19.

The Education Department identified a total of 1,065 schools throughout the country in the pilot face-to-face classes but it increased to 1,579 schools. Students have to obtain a signed written consent from their parents to attend the activity.

Pilot Testing

The DepEd official also said that students will not be allowed to cross cities and municipalities during the pilot classes. Students are expected to go to school using private transportation of by walking.

“But the priority will be for those that will be accessing the schools by walking to the school or through a private transportation,” Malaluan added.

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You can also read: DepEd Readies For Face-To-Face Classes Dry Run Next Month

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