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  • Zoom No More! DepEd Allows In-Person Graduation Rites In Areas Under Alert Level 1, 2

    Finally! After two years of virtual end-of-school year rites.
    by Angela Baylon .
Zoom No More! DepEd Allows In-Person Graduation Rites In Areas Under Alert Level 1, 2
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  • The Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) officially gave the green light for certain schools offering basic education to hold in-person graduation rites again. This, after almost two years of holding this momentous event for students and parents virtually due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Which schools can hold physical graduation rites?

    In a press release published last March 25, 2022, DepEd announced the resumption of limited physical graduation and other end-of-school-year (EOSY) rites for schools in areas under Alert Level 1 and 2.

    "With the continuous downward trend of COVID-19 cases and easing of restrictions, we are allowing the conduct of limited face-to-face and virtual graduation, depending on the alert level status in each region," Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

    Public schools are expected to hold EOSY rites starting June 27 to July 2, 2022, since the current school year will end by June 24, 2022.

    Meanwhile, private schools are given the freedom to pick their schedule according to their respective school calendars.

    Following current government guidelines, schools under higher COVID-19 Alert Levels 3, 4, and 5 will continue to hold EOSY rites virtually.

    These schools can have their ceremonies broadcast live through appropriate social media platforms.

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    Who can attend in-person graduation rites?

    Under the new normal, graduation ceremonies will not be the same as during pre-pandemic. DepEd ensured that basic health and safety protocols against COVID-19 would be put in place. Social distancing requirements will also be applied, so expect a limited number of guests will be allowed during the event proper.

    "Only the completers, their parents/guardians, teachers, school officials, and guests shall be present during the virtual rites to ensure the protection and safety of everyone," Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Alma Ruby C. Torio notes.

    Preparations for the next school year

    As schools prepare to wrap up the current school year, DepEd also gears up for the coming School Year, 2022-2023.

    The Department has already mounted early registrations for incoming kindergarten and grades 1, 7, and 11 from March 25 to April 30, 2022.

    "All incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 learners in all public elementary and secondary schools are encouraged to pre-register to allow the Department to make necessary preparations and adjustment of plans for the incoming School Year," Briones explained.

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    As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve in the country, so are the efforts of DepEd to support more schools in conducting face-to-face classes.

    On March 29, 2022, the Department also introduced a learning recovery plan "to guide schools in addressing learning gaps due to pandemic-related disruptions."

    Briones adds, "As more schools open their doors for physical learning, the Department is currently crafting a learning recovery program as part of our post-pandemic efforts.

    "We have to ensure that our interventions are effective so that everyone can catch up and accelerate their learning."

    Read more about DepEd's learning recovery plan here.

    What are your thoughts on having more in-person school activities? Share them in the comments section below.

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