Duterte allows dry run of face-to-face classes in select schools in January

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Posted at Dec 14 2020 08:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a message after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on December 7, 2020. Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday approved the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in selected schools in low-risk areas for the whole month of January next year.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a statement, said Duterte approved the recommendation of the Department of Education (DepEd) for such plan.

Roque said the DepEd will coordinate with the country's COVID-19 National Task Force in implementing the dry run, which will follow strict health and safety measures.

"We need to emphasize that face-to-face classes in schools where this may be allowed will not be compulsory, but rather voluntary on the part of the learner / parents," Roque said.

"Having said this, a parent’s permit needs to be submitted for the student to participate in face-to-face classes."

In July, Duterte said he is prohibiting in-person classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the country. He said face-to-face classes may resume in January next year.

Classes in public schools in the country opened in October under a blended distance learning system due to the continuing threat of COVID-19, which has infected over 450,000 people in the country, with more than 8,700 deaths.

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