Don't rush to school on June 1, DepEd tells parents

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Posted at May 29 2020 10:54 AM

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MANILA - Parents should not rush to schools to enroll their kids on June 1, an education official said Friday, after Malacañang confirmed the start of enrollment. 

Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno A. Malaluan said the Department of Education has asked schools to contact students on the proper procedure for registration and enrollment to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

"Do not go to school on June 1...Wait for the call. On Monday they do not need to go to schools. They will wait in their homes," he told TeleRadyo. 

The DepEd confirmed opening of school year 2020-2021 will push through on August 24. Since physical classes are unsafe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DepEd has finalized 3 alternative learning methods or "distance learning modalities".

One is that printed or digital modules can be delivered to the home of students or picked up by their parents at designated areas.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones also proposed using online learning platforms, which have been used by schools during the earlier months of the coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines. Briones said students can use the DepEd Commons, the department's own online learning resource.

"Right now we have over 7 million subscribers, wherein lessons homework, quizzes and tips to learners and teachers are all in DepEd Commons and are accessible even to the parents," she said. 

Another method she proposed is television or radio-based instruction.

ABS-CBN News, May 29, 2020