Since the list of private schools were yet to be identified, DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) had to carefully assess 57 of the private schools nominated for evaluation.
With the final assessment conducted last November 15, DepEd officially released the list of private schools in areas deemed "low-risk" for COVID-19 and who will participate in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes that starts today, November 22.
According to a report by ABS-CBN News, only 18 private schools welcomed students as "two schools deferred from holding in-person classes due to their academic calendars."
List of private schools for limited face-to-face classes
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3, as well as senior high school students who were able to get written consent from their parents were allowed back into the classroom. These schools went through the School Safety Assessment and Validation and secured permission from the local government.
Below is the original list of private schools qualified for the pilot run.
Region I - Ilocos
100 Islands Cowboy Christian Learning Center (Alaminos City)
Our Saviour’s Foundation (Laoag City)
Region III - Central Luzon
Mother of Good Counsel Seminary (San Fernando City)
Academica de Meridien (Zambales)
Singapore School Clark (Angeles City)
Region VI - Western Visayas
St. Anthony’s College (Antique)
Oxmont Memorial Academy (Iloilo)
Gamot Cogon Waldorf School Inc. (Iloilo)
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Region VII -Central Visayas
Sisters of Mary Schools Inc. - Boystown (Cebu Province)
Region VIII - Eastern Visayas
Notre Dame of Abuyog, SHS & TVL (Leyte)
Mt. Moriah Christian Academy (Ormoc City)
Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula
Metro Dipolog Baptist Academy (Dipolog)
Region X - Northern Mindanao
Deor and Dune Academe of Technology, SHS & TVL (Oroquieta City)
St. Paul’s Institute of Technology, SHS & TVL (Iligan City)
Xavier University Senior High School, SHS & TVL (Cagayan de Oro City)
Region XI - Davao
Ato Padada Christian School (Davao del Sur)
Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN
BEST College of Polomolok, SHS & TVL (South Cotabato)
Banga Evangelical Church Elementary School, Inc. (South Cotabato)
Midsayap Montessori Centre (Cotabato Province)
Region XIII - CARAGA
New Moriah Adeventist Elementary School (Bayugan City)
According to a post uploaded on DepEd's official Facebook page, private schools who are participating in the pilot run followed similar precautionary measures as public schools. (Read the guidelines here.)
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DepEd is positive that more schools in different areas will want to join the pilot run in the next few weeks. If all goes well, face-to-face classes may be expanded to other areas starting March 7 next year.