DepEd sets guidelines for summer classes amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) – The Department of Education sets guidelines for those planning to have summer classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a memorandum released on Sunday, the department said remedial, enrichment and advancement classes for summer 2020 shall start on May 11, and shall end after the completion of the six-week period that may include Saturdays.

The Department of Education (DepEd) said that distance learning modality shall be utilized, in line with the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas, “until there is a decision by the proper authorities permitting learners and teachers to leave their home for school purposes.”

Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom.

“Schools may opt to shorten the conduct of remedial and advancement classes when the essential learning competencies have already been attained, while the conduct of enrichment classes may be extended until the start of school year 2020−2021,” the memorandum said. “Schools that wish to offer remedial or advancement classes during summer are required to submit a letter of request to their Schools Division Office.”

According to the DepEd memorandum, “a learner who receives a grade lower than 75 in any subject must be given intervention through remediation and must pass the said remedial classes to be promoted to the next grade level.”

Meanwhile, enrichment classes may be offered to students who “had a hard time focusing on their lessons in the previous school year, needed more time to understand concepts, and received low grades.”

Learners who would like to take advancement classes prior to the start of the school year may also do so but only for three subjects within the six-week period and they should do so on a voluntary basis.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier announced that the next school year will officially open on August 24 and end on April 30, 2021.

Meanwhile, private schools planning to open in June are advised to conduct online classes and homeschooling.

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Briones also clarified that the start of the academic year 2020-2021 in August does not necessarily mean elementary and high school students will physically return to schools. Classes can be conducted online, until the government allows the reopening of school buildings, which were temporarily closed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease.