Opening of Classes for School year 2020-2021 is set on August 24 and will end on April 30, 2021(tentative).
In a statement issued by the Department of Education DepEd on May 5, 2020, they announce that class opening 2020 was delayed to ensure the safety and well being of teachers and learners as well. They assure that their policies will be continuously guided by science and by the advice of our health experts.
“Education can and must continue but only under the conditions and health protocols set by the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO).”, says DepEd.
The school year usually starts in June but still, it can extend until August in accordance with Republic Act 7977. The said extension is due to the fact that our country is still struggling with the Corona Virus pandemic.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones however, emphasizes that the August 24 opening of classes for SY 2020-2021 does not necessarily mean that the teachers and learners will undergo the traditional classroom set-up. It can be done either virtually or physically depending on the situation of the country with regards to the NovelCorona Virus Disease 2019 COVID 19.
The decision was based on the consultation with the stakeholders according to Briones. It was also reported to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease, which controls and manages the COVID 19 spread in the Philippines.
The IATF will decide per area how classes would be conducted, depending on the status of the outbreak by then.
Meanwhile, teachers and other school personnel are expected to report to work by June 1 either physically or virtually. School events such as Palarong Pambansa, School press conferences are canceled all throughout the school year.
The Learning Continuity Plan (LCP), which will be in effect by the time School Year 2020-2021is the major response and commitment in ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the learners, teachers, and personnel in the time of COVID-19 while finding ways for education to continue amidst the crisis for the upcoming school year.