Due to different academic calendars, an official of the Department of Education said two of the 20 of the schools set to conduct the pilot run of face-to-face classes on Monday have deferred their participation in the program.
These schools are Singapore School Clark and Xavier University Senior High School.
On Monday, Dir. Jocelyn Andaya, Bureau of Curriculum Development, also visited two private schools in Central Luzon, participating in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes.
Andaya went to Academica de Meridien in San Antonio, Zambales and Mother of Good Counsel Seminary in San Fernando, Pampanga. She noted that the teachers and non-teaching personnel of Mother of Good Counsel Seminary were all fully vaccinated.
She said that excitement was all over the face of the learners. She also saw that the schools were really prepared.
“Nakita ko ang kahandaan ng ating mga paaralan at ang pagtutulungan ng mga paaralan at ng mga local na pamahalaan [I saw that our schools are very much prepared and I saw also the collaboration between the schools and the local governtment],” Andaya said.
She said that both private and public schools undergone the same process for the pilot run.
In Iloilo, 60 students from Grade 1 to Grade 3 of Gamot Cogon Waldorf School in Zarraga.
Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Roel F. Bermejo, Mayor John H. Tarrosa and Vice Mayor Jofel M. Soldevilla joined the flag raising ceremony.
The DepEd noted that the Private Education Office the inclusion of the 20 schools for pilot run were based on the following criteria:
1. Located in a different area of the region from the participating public schools ( e.g. if the public school is in a rural part, prioritize a private school in an urban part of the region)
2. Those with a different program offering from the participating public schools e.g if the participating public schools are K-3, prioritize the private school offering Senior High School Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (SHS TVL)
3. Prioritize private schools:
- that can accommodate more classes/sections
- that are walking distance from the learners’ and school personnel’s homes
- with more fully-vaccinated school personnel
- that cater to learners with special needs, Indigenous People, etc.
- SHS TVL that participate in the SHS Voucher Program