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DepEd: Blended learning dry runs and simulations underway

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As teachers, pupils, and parents prepare for the opening of classes on October 5, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo reassures the public that blended learning dry runs and simulations are being carried out in various school divisions offices (SDOs) and regional offices (ROs).

Escobedo noted that even before the original opening of classes on August 24, most schools had already finished their simulations. Many of these institutions are repeating their dry-runs in order to address any issues or gaps identified during the previous sessions, as well as to incorporate best practices

“Dry runs are being held at the school level to eliminate or minimize the issues during the past dry runs or address gaps and to observe the implementation of their newly-developed learning continuity plans and systems,” said Escobedo.

He also added that the simulations had encouraged parents to enroll their children in school. “Dry runs boosted the confidence of the parents that their children will have opportunities to continuously learn through various learning modalities amidst the COVID-19 situation,” Escobedo shared.

Blended learning dry runs and simulations were first conducted on August 10, as the country transitions to a combination of online, television, and radio-based instruction, as well as through the use of printed modules.

DepEd reported in mid-August that over 500 schools reported successful dry runs.

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DepEd ready for classes opening with blended learning dry run

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The Department of Education (DepEd) says it can start with its blended learning approach when classes open on August 24.

Under blended learning, DepEd will be adopting the combined use of TV, radio, and the internet as modes of instruction while face-to-face classes will be largely prohibited. Classes are set to formally open on August 24.

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones during a COVID-19 task force meeting, public schools in as many as 345 areas have already conducted dry runs in preparation for the formal start of the 2020 to 2021 school year.

Over 22 million students were confirmed to have enrolled nationwide in private and public schools. Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon provinces (CALABARZON) had the most number of enrollees, followed by Central Luzon and the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

In July, DepEd said it expects the number of enrollees to go up as the enrollment of late registrants has been extended until September, provided learners passed their previous grade level by attending at least 80 percent of the prescribed number of school days and quarterly requirements.

Classes were earlier disrupted in March as community quarantines were implemented all over the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte approved DepEd’s proposal to do limited face-to-face classes starting in January in areas that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or have
low cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.