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.”
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.
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.