President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the limited face-to-face classes in areas considered as “low risk” to Covid-19. The pilot run will cover 100 public schools and 20 private institutions, limiting class size to 12 learners in kindergarten, 16 in grades 1-3, and 20 at senior high school level. This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Education Secretary Leonor Briones during the Palace briefing today, September 20, 2021.
There is no exact date yet as to the start of the pilot implementation which will cover two months. Meanwhile, DepEd will soon publicize the list of 120 participating schools. Sec. Briones further said that participating schools must seek approval from their respective local government units, and students who will join the dry run need a “written consent” from their parents. Read official statement below.