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The pilot testing of in-person classes will start on November 15, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Wednesday.
During the Senate committee hearing on basic education, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan confirmed that limited face-to-face classes in selected low-risk areas will open on the said date and will end on January 31, 2022.
November 15 also marks the beginning of the second academic quarter of this school year.
According to the timeline of the pilot implementation, DepEd will conduct an assessment of the initial run by December 22.
In February, the department will conduct an evaluation of the pilot study, identify schools for expansion, prepare the expansion of schools, inspect cites, and present to the president the pilot report and proposed expansion.
The agency also aims to start expanding the conduct of limited face-to-face classes by March 7.
Malaluan said 59 public schools passed the assessment of health officials for the conduct of in-person classes. The department will continue the assessment of potential schools to reach the initial quota for the test run.
In September, the government approved the pilot testing of face-to-face classes in 100 public schools and 20 private schools in areas with a low risk of COVID-19.