By Helen Castaño | 04:55 PM September 13, 2021
Despite the shift into blended learning this school year, the opening of classes generally went well on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
The distribution of modules in schools was smoother compared to the previous year.
In Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS) in Tagbilaran City, they imposed a “no contact policy”.
At the school’s entrance, parents were required to wear face masks and face shields and have their temperatures checked. They were also required to fill-up the visitor’s information and health checklist.
Grade 7 Happiness teacher Jeycelle Espejo-Inting said they didn’t encounter a ‘major’ problem.
“The first day of school is quite very good. This is much better than last year. Last year was still on the rush preparing the modules even during the distribution day. Today, all modules are intact already,” said Inting.
According to Maurine Castaño, principal of DCPNHS, a significant number of students, teachers and learners still opted to use printed modules based on their survey.
Without face-to-face classes, DepEd is implementing a distance/blended learning approach this school year through the use of various alternative delivery modalities such as modular (printed or digitized), online learning, and television or radio-based instruction.
Printed module is the default tool for learning delivery in DCPNHS with 7, 638 students, the biggest student population in Bohol province.
Castaño also shared that DCPNHS officially launched the digital modular distance learning.
At Manga National High School (MNHS), they also implemented similar safety practices. Visitors were asked to fill-up the contact tracing forms.
Edison Gumapac, Grade 9 teacher at MNHS, said that parents had to pick up the envelop with the modules inside it.
“Wala idungan ang distribution sa modules in all grade levels para dili daghan parents moanha sa school,” said Gumapac.
Meanwhile, teachers at MNHS also received school supplies and rice from Gugma Tagbilaran, a movement initiated by Tagbilaran City First Lady Jane Yap.