Public schools in Bataan to comply with DepEd measures vs COVID-19

BALANGA CITY — All public elementary and high schools in the province are set to comply with the preventive measures of Department of Education (DedEd) to protect students from the threats of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

During the Emergency Meeting on COVID-19 held Wednesday in Balanga City, DepEd Bataan Schools Division Superintendent Romeo Alip said they are now adopting the social distancing measures.

“Examinations for Grade 6 and Grade 12 students will now be held on March 12 to 13. Other grade levels will take their final exams on March 16 to 20,” Alip revealed.

“With regards to Graduation rites and Moving up ceremonies, we have moved the schedules to any day between April 13-17. It’s up to the principals on what day to hold the ceremony within that period,” he added.

Alip also announced that given a situation wherein the COVID-19 shall come to an extreme, dates will be put on hold or rescheduled.

“Now, when it comes to worst-case scenarios, Parent-Teachers Association leaders will convene to choose whether to reschedule or forego the holding of the moving up and graduation rites,” the DepEd official stressed.

After the final examinations, students can finish their remaining assignments or requirements at home. 

“If there is a need to still come to class after the examinations, schools should seek approval first from the Department of Health, as per guidelines,” he added.

Moreover, Alip also said the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association Meet was already suspended as per the declaration of DepEd to postpone all national and regional events.

“We have already put all activities on hold, including meetings and trainings for teachers. With the convergence of the students and teachers, we are highly discouraging the conduct of events to at least prevent the spread of the virus,” Alip furthered.

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