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DepEd Says Private Schools Can Start 'Online Classes' In JuneDepEd earlier announced that school year 2020-2021 will open on August 24.by SmartParenting Staff .
Private schools may start classes in June, but it does not necessarily mean the kids need to be present physically in the classroom.
According to a CNN report, Department Of Education Secretary Leonor Briones said, "Private schools who want to open in June may do so if allowed by the IATF and DOH (Department of Health) guidelines, and no face-to-face for June."
Two days ago, DepEd announced the start of classes will be on August 24, 2020. CNN said Briones clarified that the start of classes in August applied to both public and private schools. She added that the August opening can be "face-to-face or virtual, depending on the decisions of the IATF. No need for face-to-face if not allowed by IATF."
Briones also said classes can be conducted online until the government allows the reopening of school buildings, which were temporarily closed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease.
The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations(Cocopea) earlier stated that it's eyeing August as the "realistic" month to open the new school year. The latest recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to resume on-ground classes was September.
But Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, managing director of Cocopea said a further delay of the opening of the new school year "might hurt private schools financially and force them to downsize or close."
DepEd is finalizing its "Learning Continuity Plan" for presentation to the IATF-EID. It is expected to provide "changes in policy and practices necessary to ensure education will continue amid the COVID-19 crisis."ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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