DepEd suspends classes in Bulacan

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented an “academic health break” in Bulacan, temporarily suspending classes and academic activities amid the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the province.

In a Division Memorandum issued on Thursday by DepEd Region 3-Central Luzon, the Education department approved the request of elementary and secondary schools to temporarily suspend classes from January 14 to January 27.

Bulacan, one of the provinces near the National Capital Region, was placed under Alert Level 3 on January 3.

According to the memorandum, private schools may exercise their discretion relative to the suspension of classes in coordination and consultation with the parents.

“Face-to-face classes in pilot schools in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2 shall continue in the meantime that DepEd finalizes its report on the pilot [face-to-face] classes,” the DepEd said last week.

The limited face-to-face (F2F) classes for basic education started on Nov. 15, 2021.

According to the Education department, the pilot run of limited F2F classes, which has involved nearly 300 schools, has been successful.

Basic and higher education classes are prohibited to hold F2F classes under Alert Level 3, according to the latest Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases memorandum.