GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES IN SCHOOL AND NON-ADMINISTRATION OF FOURTH (4th) QUARTER EXAMINATION
By: Atty. Jonathan R. De Guzman
In light of the proclamation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the suspension of all classes and school activities in all levels from 15 March 2020 until 14 April 2020. Classes shall resume on 15 April 2020. The same directives to the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and such other regulatory agencies, Local Government Units and the Department of Interior and Local Government with respect to the class suspension in NCR are reiterated for the entire Luzon region.
On 15 March 2020, the Department of Education (DepEd) issued DepEd Memorandum No. 042 s. 2020 providing guidelines for the remainder of school year 2019-2020 in light of the Covid-19 measures.
Who are covered by the DepEd Memorandum?
The DepEd Memorandum mainly deals with schools that are directly under the Department of Education, or public schools. However, private schools are highly encouraged to observe the guidelines stated in the Memorandum.
What is the DepEd Memorandum about?
The DepEd has adopted the social distancing measures for the remainder of the school year in light of COVID-19 outbreak.
The DepEd memorandum provided guidelines for the remainder of school year 2019-2020, specifically on the administration of the 4th quarter examination for DepEd schools nationwide. In case DepEd schools in the area are affected by the community quarantine where classes will be suspended by the national or local government authorities, the 4th quarter examination will no longer be administered.
What will be the effect if the 4th quarter final examination is not administered?
Paragraph 5 of the DepEd memorandum provides for the computation of grades in case the 4th quarter examination is not administered, as follows:
1. For grades 1 to 10 and non-core subjects of Senior High School (SHS), the class standing shall be 80% of the original formula, meaning, if the student has a class standing of 80%, his final grade or class standing will be transmuted to 100%.
2. For core subjects of SHS and work immersion in the academic track, the class standing shall be 75% of the original formula, meaning, if the student has a class standing of 75%, his final grade or class standing shall be converted to 100%.
3. For other subjects in the academic track of SHS, a student with a class standing of 70% shall be transmuted to 100%
The DepEd memorandum has provided for the table of transmuted grades.
Does the DepEd Memorandum cover all types of students?
No. The DepEd memorandum covers only K-12 students.
Does this apply to colleges and other higher education institutions?
No. suspension of classes for higher education institution is under the jurisdiction of Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Are classes suspended in Higher Education?
Yes. Pursuant to CHED COVID ADVISORY No. 5 dated 17 March 2020, an enhanced community quarantine is imposed in the entire Luzon region to implement the strict community quarantine. All classes shall be suspended until 14 April 2020 and shall resume on 15 April 2020.
However, this must be read in conjunction with CHED COVID ADVISORY No. 3 dated 11 March 2020, which provides for the implementation of distance learning, e-learning, and other alternative modes of delivery in lieu of residential learning if they have the resources to do so.
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