MANILA – The Department of Education announced on Tuesday (May 5) that the opening of the new school year has been set on August 24, 2020 as the country continues to curb the spread of the Covid-19.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the opening date was based on consultations with various stakeholders and surveys involving 700,000 participants.
Briones said in a virtual public briefing is legal as the law allows the classes to open anytime between June and August. Briones said as she noted that classes may be done either through physical or virtual classes depending on the location.
“We have chosend August 24 as the school’s opening date,” he added.
The Department of Education has informed the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease regarding the date.
DepEd is also looking for an alternative flexible learning options that the school can be adopted if in case an in-person classes will not be an option in August.
The department also urged the teachers to start working in June in preparation on the “new normal” in holding classes.