MANILA - The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the new school calendar moving the opening of classes to August because of the coronavirus pandemic, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday.
“Ang pagbubukas ng klase sa basic education magsisimula na po sa 24 ng Agosto 2020 at magtatapos ng Abril 30, 2021,” Roque said at the Laging Handa briefing.
(The opening of classes in basic education will start on August 24, 2020 and end on April 30, 2021.)
The Department of Education had proposed that class opening be moved to a later date as the country continued to grapple with the COVID-19 spread, which also prompted schools to end the academic year early.
The start of the school year is usually set in June, but Republic Act No. 7977 allows it to take place "not later than the last day of August."
Roque said private schools may opt to open classes earlier, but face-to-face learning would have to be deferred until August 24, 2020.
“Gagamitin natin ang iba’t ibang learning delivery options tulad ng face-to-face, distance learning at home schooling,” said Roque.
(We will use different learning delivery options like face-to-face, distance learning and home schooling.)
Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said that the department will implement various approaches in teaching students, such as technology-mediated learning through computers and cellphones, the use of media like television and radio, and other offline methods.
DepEd’s field units will decide which delivery mode is appropriate for students and schools, depending on resources and the situation in the locality.
Meanwhile, Roque also said that extra-curricular activities like school sports, campus journalism, and job fairs- events that gather big crowds- are cancelled in the coming school year.