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Schools with damaged facilities, equipment may observe blended learning, DepEd says

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Schools in the southern part of the province may still observe blended learning this school year.

The Department of Education-Negros Occidental spokesperson, Ian Arnold Arnaez said schools in the southern part of Negros Occidental whose facilities and equipment were damaged may still continue to observe blended learning.

This, however, according to him still needs confirmation or an order coming from the national level.

Arnaez said the provincial government has recently asked for data from the DepEd Provincial office of the schools heavily hit by calamaties.

He added the province may release the budget for repair from the Special Education fund or maybe from other sources to repair damaged equipment and facilities.

Arnaez also said though it is not specified in the DepEd memorandum no. 34, which covers the implementing guidelines for the school year 2022 to 2023, the implementation of School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) is still mandated as schools are still required to conduct a personal assessment of their capacity to conduct face-to-face classes.

Five hundred eighty schools in the province are expected to open this school year.

The Department of Education has recently announced that face-to-face classes will start on 2 November this year.

Blended learnings meanwhile will still be observed from August to October.

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