The Department of Education, through Education Secretary Leonor Briones, revealed that online classes may start early for private schools – given that the Inter Agency Task Force allows it. Moreover, Briones announced that, as officially announced, August 24 will be the start of classes for both public and private schools.
“Private schools who want to open in June may do so if allowed by the IATF and DOH (Department of Health) guidelines, and no face-to-face for June,” states Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in an article published by CNN Philippines.
To date, the Department of Education is finalizing its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP). The plan will detail changes in policy and practices that are necessary to ensure education continues despite the current situation.
“We have repeatedly consulted and collaborated with our partner institutions and organizations in crafting the LCP, which includes key features on K-12 curriculum adjustments, alignment of learning materials, various modalities of delivery, and corresponding teacher and the parent or guardian training for homeschooling,” in a statement issued by the Department of Education.
Briones reiterates that the policy will be continuously guided by health experts and that the August 24 return of classes does not necessarily mean students will physically return to school. Classes can be conducted online, until further recommendation by the government.