MANILA, Philippines – Select schools in the Philippines on Monday reopened its doors to students in basic education as pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes begins.
The pilot resumption of physical classes was implemented after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the Department of Education (DepEd) welcomed the participating learners, teachers, and personnel in 100 public schools for the start of the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes.
“We are thankful to everyone who supported this key phase in our safe return to school advocacy, from the planning stage since 2020 to this monumental day,” the department said.
The DepEd also expressed gratitude for the assistance of the Department of Health, the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, child health experts, local government units, international and local partners, school personnel, parents, and other stakeholders for “reinforcing our shared responsibility framework in this critical undertaking.”
“Most importantly, we are happy to see our learners inside our classrooms as we recognize the significance of face-to-face learning in their social development,” the DepEd said.
The department expressed hope that in the coming weeks, more learners in public and private schools will follow suit as the approved number of pilot participants increases.
“As we take a huge step of reintroducing face-to-face classes amidst the public health situation, we are optimistic that our Bayanihan spirit will live on to ensure the safety of involved stakeholders and the success of this pilot run,” it said.
In line with this, the DepEd appealed to the public to “always follow the required health protocols and standards” against COVID-19.
“With everyone’s help in improving our country’s COVID-19 situation, our vision to safely reopen more schools nationwide is not a far reality. Together, let us mark this day as our leap of faith towards realizing Ligtas na Balik-Eskwela!” it added.
Physical classes in most schools in the country have been suspended since March 2020 due to the threat of novel coronavirus disease.