Bohol school opening orderly despite COVID-19 threat – DepEd Bohol

TAGBILARAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) -- The opening of classes in public and private schools throughout the province of Bohol under the blended mode of learning has been orderly and successful despite the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, according to the Department of Education (DepEd) Bohol.

Bohol Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Bianito Dagatan said no serious problems were reported by the teachers, school heads, and district supervisors during the first day of opening of classes on Oct. 5, despite the challenges posed by the new modalities in the delivery of instructions and lessons to the students.

Dagatan bared that as of Monday, more than 283,000 learners have enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in the province, while some 30,000 students are enrolled in private institutions.

“The number of students will still go up as we expect more late enrollees in the coming days. Our schools will continue to accept late enrollees,” the Bohol superintendent explained in a radio interview.

During the opening of classes on Monday, which also marks the World Teachers’ Day, Dagatan personally conducted inspections in public schools.

The Bohol superintendent explained that the high number of enrollees in public schools is mainly due to the huge number of students transferring from private schools.

Dagatan also clarified that although teachers are the ones distributing the modules and printed learning materials to the parents or guardians of the students, learners who are living near their schools are allowed by DepEd to personally pick up their printed learning materials and modules aside from being allowed to confer with their class advisers and teachers, especially when a particular student’s parent or guardian is unable to go to the school.

Learning modules and activity sheets are distributed on Thursdays and Fridays so that parents would still have enough time to disinfect the learning materials before being used by the students, such as exposing these under the heat of the sun, Dagatan added.

The DepEd superintendent also clarified that while they allow students living near their schools to go to their campuses on any day of the weekday, this is not to conduct face-to-face classes but solely for the purpose of distributing the learning materials and conferring with their teacher regarding lessons.

Dagatan said lessons for school year 2020-2021 will be given via online classes, the use of printed modules, and may even utilize television and radio stations. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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