THE Department of Education (DepEd) temporarily suspended classes and academic activities in Bulacan as a form of “academic health break” amid the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the province.
In Division Memorandum No. 14s. 2022 issued on Thursday by DepEd Region III-Central Luzon addressed to the School Division of Bulacan such as the Division Chief; Education Program Supervisors, Public Schools District Supervisors; Public and Private Kto12 School Heads and all other concerned, the DepEd approved the request of elementary and secondary schools to temporarily suspend classes from January 14 to January 27, 2022.
The DepEd Regional Office 3 responded by granting the academic health break request of school divisions due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, which affected both teaching and non-teaching personnel, and to ensure the health and safety of teachers and learners.
Bulacan is one of the provinces near the National Capital Region (NCR) placed under Alert Level 3 from January 3 to 15, 2022 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.
Based also in the memorandum, private schools may exercise their discretion relative to the suspension of classes in coordination and consultation with 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 [F2F] classes,” the DepEd said last week.
The limited face-to-face (F2F) classes for basic education started on November 15, 2021.
According to the DepEd, the pilot run of limited F2F classes, which has involved nearly 300 schools, has been successful.
The holding of basic and higher education classes are prohibited under Alert Level 3, according to the latest IATF memorandum.