Private schools or learning institutions not regulated by the Department of Education (DepEd) may start their classes, but only using distance learning and with no face-to-face classes.
The DepEd issued this clarification Saturday after President Rodrigo Duterte decided to defer the school opening for school year 2020-21 from August 24 to October 5, on the recommendation of Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
In an advisory, the DepEd said: “After conferring with the Office of the Executive Secretary on the applicability of the decision to private schools and other non-DepEd schools, DepEd hereby clarifies that such private or non-DepEd schools that have already started their classes, or are scheduled to start classes on August 24, or on other dates ahead of October 5, are allowed to proceed provided they are strictly using only distance learning modalities and that there are no face-to-face classes.”
“These schools shall submit the relevant documents to the Regional Director as required by DepEd Order No. 7, series 2020 (School Calendar and Activities for School Year 2020-2021) as well as DepEd Order No. 13, s. 2020 and DepEd Order No. 17, s. 2020 on readiness assessment," the advisory added.
DepEd earlier announced the decision of the President to defer the school opening in light of the implications of the imposition of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan.
This, the department said, is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 11480, which amended RA No. 7797.
The law provides that the President, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Education, may set a date later than the last day of August for the start of the school year in the country or parts thereof in the event of a declaration of a state of emergency or state of calamity.