DepEd eyes continuity measures for schools during Metro quarantine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2020 01:04 PM

MANILA – The Department of Health is eyeing 2 options to ensure continued learning in schools days covered by the month-long COVID-19 quarantine in Metro Manila.

The agency is working on a “transmutation formula” for students in Metro Manila and in other cities with class suspension, where the grades in the first 3 quarters will be averaged, Department of Education Usec. Alain Del Pascua said in a briefing. 

Online tests and learning through mobile devices is also being considered, he said.

A staggered 4th quarter examination could be imposed in areas where there is no class suspensions to facilitate “social distancing,” Pascua said. Students may be required to come to school only during the examination schedule, he said.

“Ito po ang dalawang measure na ginagawa ngayon ng department of education para sa ganon matugunan natin ang threat ng COVID-19 sa mga lugar na hindi suspendido ang klase at sa mga lugar na suspendido ang klase,” Pascua said. 

(These are the 2 measures we are doing to respond to the COVID-19 threat in areas where there is a suspension of classes and in areas where there is no class supension)

Once finalized, the guidelines will be disseminated through a DepEd order or memorandum, he said. 

Classes in all levels in Metro Manila are suspended during the quarantine period from March 15 to April 14.