Only a vaccine will likely convince a Filipino parent to send her child back to a physical classroom. And the latest news from the Department of Education (DepEd) tells them their kids need to stay put at home.
On his Facebook, DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua shared screenshots of a memo on August 24, 2020, detailing the response and health protocols of DepEd personnel when it comes to COVID-19.
The memo begins with a situationer report: 748 people from DepEd — 268 students, 311 teachers and 169 non-teaching personnel — have contracted coronavirus as of 6 p.m. of August 18.
The memo adds, "318 remain active cases, 408 have recovered, and 22 have died. In the Central Office, there are 15 confirmed cases with 9 being active, 5 recovered, and one death."
No further details have been released about these active cases. The memo provides guidelines about how to manage, report, and coordinate COVID-19 cases in DepEd.
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DepEd had to shut down its central office in Pasig City from August 19 to 23 to give way for disinfection and contract tracing. Three personnel suspected of COVID-19 infection physically reported to the workplace.
Today, August 24, was supposed to be opening of classes but the government agency moved it to October 5.
DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones said, "We trust that this is the final adjustment of the school opening. Even with the implementation of MECQ, we will use this time to make the necessary adjustments and ensure that all preparations have been made for the successful opening of classes for School Year 2020-2021."