The Department of Education (DepED) has released full implementing guidelines for both a modified enrollment process and the annual Brigada Eskwela/Balik Eskwela drives.

On its Facebook account, DepEd said the guidelines met the health protocols set by the Office of the President, Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The enrollment process for both public primary and secondary schools will have three stages namely (1.) pre-data collection which entails dissemination of procedure, making available digital enrollment forms and allowing for deferred submission of documentary requirements; (2.) data collection of enrollment forms through calls, SMS or online submission; and (3.) retrieval of enrollment data to process the results.

Brigada Eskwela or the physical cleaning and minor repairs and preparation of school facilities will have a longer preparation time, from June 1 to August 29, 2020, to ensure readiness not only of the physical facilities but also the students, teaching and non-teaching personnel, administrators and even the community.

New activities under Brigada Eskwela include the disinfection of school facilities in coordination with the LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) and the provision of thermal scanners, hand sanitizing materials, washable face masks, multivitamins, informative materials on health protocols, and orientation focusing on the multiple learning delivery methods.

Oplan Balik Eskwela will focus on an information campaign on how the learning continuity program will be implemented and this will be kicked off by an online program on June 1. (Jojo Mangahis)