More than 1,100 public schools across the archipelago have been nominated for the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in COVID-19 low-risk areas, according to the Department of Education.
The final number, however, would be much lower as the DepEd still has to assess other factors to ensure the safety of students and teachers during the expected dry run next month, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.
She added, “The situation and status of the schools, if they are conducive to face-to-face learning, is one of the decision points. We want to make sure that distancing will be observed, ([and] that there is proper) ventilation.”
While being in a COVID-19 low-risk area is one of the primary factors in deciding which schools will be included in the pilot face-to-face implementation, the Education Secretary said there are other factors such as the approval of the local government units and the consent of parents.