The Department of Education (DepEd) will pilot in 120 schools in low-risk areas the limited in-person or face-to-face classes starting on November 15, 2021.
Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the end of dry run for limited in-person classes will be on January 31, 2022, and the DepEd will evaluate the pilot run and decide to add more schools or not.
“While we are doing all of these, we will be preparing for assessments of possible expansion of schools,” Malaluan said.
In a statement, the agency said the listed schools were selected from 638 nominated schools nationwide.
“The chosen schools were inspected by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and were recognized minimal or low risk, based on the Alert Levels of provinces,” DepEd said in Filipino.
The pilot classes will cover Kindergarten to Grade 3 learners without existing comorbidities.
As for Senior High School students, only those taking subjects that require laboratories or workshops will be allowed to attend in-person classes.
“Those who will participate in the pilot test are preferably learners from within the city or municipality where the school is located. The learners will be prioritized based on the greatest need for face-to-face if available slots are limited,” Malaluan said.Last month, Duterte approved the face-to-face classes in areas with minimal risk for Covid-19.