The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that schools will be allowed to conduct in-person activities as long as they take place after school hours.
Vice President and Secretary of Education Sarah Duterte signed the 2023 DepEd Order No.003 series on January 26, allowing schools to conduct in-person activities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Curriculum and extra-curricular activities involving large numbers of participants coming together in person shall be permitted,” Duterte said.
In line with the department’s commitment to providing quality basic education, the aforementioned order provides “guidance for learners, staff, parents, guardians, and other stakeholders regarding the conduct of in-person school activities.” She added that it was issued for A safe learning environment for learners.
To ensure the safe reopening and resumption of in-person school activities, schools are ensuring these are “in line with government public health standards” in light of Covid-19, the Department of Education said. said.
As part of the published guidelines, Duterte said curricular activities should be conducted during the academic quarter “to enable learners to seamlessly connect and integrate learning within and across study areas.” I said yes.
As for extracurricular activities, DepEd said these should be conducted after quarterly exams to avoid class disruption.
Item 33, s. 2022 of DepEd Order No. 034, dated 11 July 2022, stipulates that “the conduct of extracurricular activities is strictly prohibited” and DepEd states that “extracurricular activities during only activities are prohibited”.
“Face-to-face extracurricular activities are permitted, provided that the extracurricular activities take place after school hours,” Duterte said.
For public schools, DepEd said authorities must ensure “strict adherence to these guidelines during the conduct of in-person curricula, co-curriculars, and extracurricular activities.”
Meanwhile, Private Schools, Community Learning Centers, and State/Regional Colleges and Colleges (SUCs/LUCs) may choose to adopt the latest published provisions as the basis for their face-to-face, co-curricular implementation. Extracurricular activities, extracurricular activities.
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