Back to school with face-to-face classes transition: DepEd releases guidelines for School Year 2022-2023
July 16, 2022, MANILA. Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Z. Duterte announced on Tuesday, July 11, through DepEd Order No. 34 series of 2022, that the classes for school year (SY) 2022-2023 will formally begin on Aug. 22, 2022 and will end on July 7, 2023. There will be 203 school days or as may be determined by further issuance/s in case of changes in the school calendar due to unforeseen circumstances.
In preparation for the opening of classes on Aug. 22, important dates to remember are as follows:
Enrollment period from July 25, 2022 to Aug. 22, 2022
Brigada Eskwela from Aug. 1 until Aug. 26
Oplan Balik Eskwela on Aug. 15.
Despite the ongoing health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DepEd earlier stated that the agency is committed to resume face-to-face classes or the five-day in person classes starting Nov. 2, 2022. Schools nationwide will be given ample time to slowly transition the implementation of the five-day in person classes. In the mean time schools can adhere to blended learning modalities. Schools are allowed three days of in person classes and two days of distance learning or full distance learning. DepEd only prescribed the options of 5 days, person in-person classes, blended learning modality, and full distance learning until October 31, 2022.
Starting November 2, 2022, all public and private schools shall have transitioned to 5 days of in-person classes. No school shall be allowed to implement purely distance learning or blended learning except for those implementing Alternative Delivery Modes as provided in DO 21, s. 2019 (Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program) and DO 01, s. 2022 (Revised Policy Guidelines on Homeschooling Program). said DepEd.
Prevention and guidelines for COVID-19 are also in place.
The agency issued guidelines on the prevention of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.
- Mandatory use of face mask.
- Physical distancing shall also be strictly observed while classroom doors and windows shall be opened for ventilation.
- All students, teachers, as well as non-teaching personnel are strictly prohibited from eating together while facing one another.
“If there is a lack of space in the classroom or school premises to allow distancing during meals, eating shall be done in a manner where all individuals face in one direction and do not talk while their masks are off,” said DepEd.
- Infection control plan and containment strategy will be carried out by schools in case of the spread of Covid-19 or other infectious diseases.
Furthermore, the Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030, Learning Recovery and Continuity Plan (LRCP), and Classroom-based and System Assessments will guide schools in effectively delivering the K to 12 Basic Education Program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Department of Education (2022,July 11). JULY 11, 2022 DO 034, S. 2022 – School Calendar and Activities for the School Year 2022–2023.[Online]. Available at: https://www.deped.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/DO_s2022_034.pdf. (Accessed July, 16, 2022).
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