DepEd releases guidelines for summer classes amid pandemic

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2020 06:40 PM | Updated as of May 10 2020 09:43 PM

MANILA — The Department of Education (DepEd) released on Sunday its guidelines for summer classes, encouraging schools to implement distance learning while the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remedial, enrichment and advancement classes for summer 2020 shall start on May 11, 2020, may include Saturday classes, and end after a six-week period, according to a department memorandum dated May 7 and signed by Secretary Leonor Briones.

In the memorandum, schools conducting summer classes were told to utilize distance learning measures until authorities allow students and teachers to “leave their homes for school purposes,” to comply with community quarantine guidelines, which were implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

Distance learning is a form of education where there is little or no face-to-face interaction between students and teachers. It uses printed materials or online platforms.

Grade 1 to senior high school (SHS) students taking remedial classes “may instead be required to attend make-up classes during the SY (school year) 2020-2021” as an alternative.

Schools planning to conduct make-up classes in place of remedial classes during the summer are required to submit an implementation plan to their division superintendent before the start of the upcoming school year on Aug. 24.

Remedial classes are taken by students who received a grade lower than 75 in any subject. This is a requirement to be promoted to the next grade level.

Schools may also offer 6-week voluntary enrichment classes for Grade 1 to SHS students who “had a hard time focusing in their lessons in the previous SY; needed more time to understand concepts; and received low grades.”

Advancement classes, which are also voluntary, may be offered to SHS students who “would like to pursue their immersion prior to the start for SY 2020-2021; or would like to take advance subjects prior to SY 2020-2021 so that more attention or focus shall be given to their immersion work in the succeeding semester.”

Schools are allowed to shorten the period of remedial and advancement classes as long as the student has attained the required learning competencies while enrichment class may be extended until the start of the next school year, according to the memorandum.

Schools division superintendents, supervisors, and school heads were advised to “exercise prudence in making decisions on learner remediation particularly during this period of health crisis.”

“Attainment of learning standards without putting anyone’s health in peril shall remain the top priority of the Department,” the memorandum read.