CAMPUS In Focus

The responsibility of teachers and parents for the return of face-to-face classes

By: Lorena P. De Belen Teacher III -Lambakin Elementary School

During the Covid-19 modular and remote learning responses, parents and teachers collaborated to ensure that their children’s learning was not hindered. Teachers were required to create, print, and organize Self-Learning Modules for their pupils under the new standard education in public schools, which is primarily a modular learning modality. Parents or guardians may allow the distributed modules for their children at home. With the eventual acceptance of restricted face-to-face classes, we can restore some normalcy. It’s encouraging to hear that stakeholder around the nation, led by teachers and parents, are preparing.

In preparation for the expansion phase of the restricted face-to-face courses, the Department of Education has been updating the list of schools that have passed the School Safety Assessment Tool. This SSAT is designed to establish the institution’s current condition and circumstances in regard to a safe reopening of courses. With the restoration and eventual extension of face-to-face courses, our parents’ engagement and support in their children’s education may be observed in a variety of ways. Parents’ active involvement in purchasing and bringing their children’s modules to school on time and on the same day and time will continue since not all kids will attend school in the same environment. Positive mentality, self-discipline, and self-esteem are developed in children by parents and guardians who support and oversee their children’s education.

All of the parents who took part in the program are grateful and proud of us as public-school teachers. You are a gift in this new era of education. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, schools must now balance the academic, social, and emotional needs of their kids with the health and safety of teachers and other stakeholders. Face-to-face meetings are still the most efficient way for students to get a quality education. Returning to face-to-face training in low-risk settings has been long overdue. To rebuild public faith, the government must speed up its preparations and ensure that our schools are ready to resume classes in a secure manner.

In Memorandum 085, Series of 2021, the Department of Education said that all public and private schools throughout the nation must begin preparing for face-to-face classes as part of the continuing preparations for the extended phase of face-to-face courses, which will begin in early 2022.Face-to-face courses are becoming more common in a rising number of institutions. Officials from the government praised the renovated school buildings and the students’ adherence to basic health standards for allowing on-site instruction to continue. According to the Department of Education, “all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12” would be included in the extended time of restricted face-to-face education. Students will be able to attend face-to-face courses if they get written permission from their parents or guardians. According to the letter, schools must continue to build physical handwashing buildings and acquire supplies and personal protective equipment to guarantee that health and safety requirements are followed throughout course delivery. ##

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