Graduation rites and moving up rites for the school year 2019-2020 will be postponed indefinitely due to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the continued restriction of mass gatherings, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Citing Department Order 02 and Department Memorandum 42, the DepEd said that “schools, in consultation with the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) leadership, can decide to reschedule or forego the holding of the rites once the ECQ or localized community quarantine is lifted.”
The agency also emphasized that the Department of Health’s guidelines on mass gatherings, which includes social distancing, must be strictly observed if schools will push through with the rites after the lockdown.
Previously, Education Secretary Leonor Briones had scheduled the end-of-school year rites for elementary and high school students throughout the country on April 13 to 17. The quarantine was supposed to end at midnight of April 13.
DepEd considering opening classes in August
Secretary Briones also said that the department is deciding on adjusting enrollment dates and possibly moving the opening of classes to August 2020 should the COVID-19 pandemic continue to persist. They are currently consulting schools and parents, according to a report by ABS-CBN News.
“Tinitingnan din natin ‘yan dahil kung magstart ng August, that means aabutin ng summer [ang classes], aabutin ng kasagsagan ng init at hindi naman lahat ng school buildings natin handa sa matinding init at kasagsagan ng maraming summer diseases ng mga bata,” Briones said in a radio interview with DZMM’s Failon Ngayon.
“Hopefully before the end of April, magkaroon na kami ng klarong desisyon tungkol sa enrollment,” she added.
DepEd also has a “continuity learning plan” in case the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect class suspensions, said Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, in earlier reports. It will likely involve the use of online educational platforms, Briones told DZMM.
“Even before COVID, nakikita na namin ang direksyon ng education, talagang patungo na sa mas matinding paggamit, malawak na paggamit ng technology,” she said.
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