IATF approves the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) school opening on August 24, 2020.
Anticipating an upcoming school year that is far from being normal. Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday, May 11, announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force has approved the BE-LCP of the Department of Education as a response to the disruptions in education brought about the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
Briones noted that the LCP is DepEd’s major response and commitment to “ensure the health, safety, and well-being of learners, teachers, and personnel in the time of COVID-19” while finding ways for education to continue amid the crisis for the upcoming school year.
“The implementation of the BE-LCP will be difficult,” Briones said.
“It is not a perfect plan,” she explained, noting that it is “not possible to have a perfect plan with so many unknowns and imponderables.”
Briones said that the IATF approved the DepEd’s recommendation that basic education classes will open on August 24, 2020, and will end April 30, 2021.
Regarding the opening of classes in private schools, Briones said that this “will be allowed within the period provided by law” provided that the school’s LCP shall be submitted to DepEd.
Since face-to-face conduct of classes may not be possible in many areas, Briones said DepEd is implementing distance learning and will adopt various learning delivery options.
Briones added that the curricular and co-curricular activities – which involve gatherings such as science fairs, a showcase of portfolios, trade fairs, school sports, campus journalism, a festival of talents, job fairs, and other similar activities – are “canceled” except those that can be done online.
“We will work on the details of this partnership between DepEd and PCOO in the coming days,” she explained. “Organizations from the private sector and civil society are also offering facilities,” she ended.