After being delayed due to the Omicron surge, limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in some Metro Manila schools resumed on Wednesday.

Only the 28 schools that participated in the pilot run of F2F classes reopened on Wednesday.

The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said that the expansion schools in Metro Manila would “progressively start their classes” beginning Feb. 9.

There are 304 public schools located in Alert Level 2 areas—118 in NCR cities, 12 in Batanes, 106 in Bulacan, 33 in Cavite, 21 in Rizal, five in Biliran and nine in Southern Leyte.

The DepEd has announced the following start dates of F2F classes in other regions:

  • Region 2: 12 schools to begin classes anytime from Feb. 7 to 11
  • Region 3: 106 Bulacan schools to start F2F classes on Feb. 21
  • Region 4-A: 57 schools (21 from Rizal and 36 from Cavite) will start in-person classes on Feb. 14
  • Region 8: three schools in Southern Leyte started classes on Feb. 7, while seven schools in Maasin City and six schools in Biliran City will start on Feb. 14.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said the pilot of F2F classes was successful and the DepEd would push for expanding in-person classes in areas under Alert Level 1 and 2.

Participation in F2F classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic is not mandatory.  John Ezekiel J. Hirro