9 private schools in Lapu-Lapu stop operations

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AT LEAST nine out of 79 private schools in Lapu-Lapu City have shut down their operations for the school year 2021-2022.

Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos, DepEd Lapu-Lapu City division superintendent, told SunStar Cebu on Thursday, July 14, 2022, that only 70 private schools continued their operations amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, 14 of which have joined the implementation of limited face-to-face classes since March this year.

She said the low number of enrollees and the capacity for online classes are the two main reasons on why the nine private schools, a mix of elementary and high school, opted to halt their operations.

“Pero okay rana, mabalik ra lagi ta. Let’s be positive all the time kay ingon-ana man gyud nang pandemic,” she said.

She refused to identify the schools.

Bongalos said the nine schools have not yet signified any intention to return to their operations for the school year 2022-2023, which will open on August 22.

On July 12, DepEd said elementary and secondary schools in both public and private schools will have to resume the conduct of five-day face-to-face classes by November 2 this year regardless of the alert status of the areas where the schools are located.

It said no school is allowed to implement purely distance or blended learning except for those that are implementing Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM), including homeschooling, modified in-school off-school approach, and night and open high schools that do not strictly follow the regular set-up for regular classroom instruction.

Schools are also ordered to ensure the maintenance of minimum health protocols, such as the wearing of face masks and the observance of physical distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The classes will end on July 7, 2023, wherein the number of school days will be 203, which are solely dedicated to academics and related co-curricular activities.

Bongalos said repairs and assessments are still ongoing on school facilities in the city that were damaged by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021.

Lapu-Lapu City has about 81 public schools, 44 of which are elementary, while 27 and 10 are junior high and senior high schools, respectively.

Based on their initial assessment, Bongalos said majority of the schools have damaged facilities, stressing they hope to finish the repair before the resumption of five-day face-to-face classes on November 2 in coordination with different stakeholders and the Lapu-Lapu City Government.

Bongalos said the school division is set to conduct a meeting with the representatives of the 70 private schools on July 18 concerning their preparedness for the opening of classes.

She also expressed hope that all private schools will now join the limited face-to-face classes this coming August.

Bongalos said they expect about 110,000 enrollees in public schools, adding they had around 107,000 enrolled students the past school year.

In private schools, they expect about 19,000 enrollees for this school year, which is a bit higher than the 18,000 enrolled students last school year. (MKG)

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