DepEd eyes to implement 2-shifts policy this SY 2022-2023

DepEd eyes to implement a 2-shifts policy this SY 2022-2023

The Department of Education (DepEd) planned to implement a double shift policy to address the possible shortages of classrooms when full face-to-face classes are implemented next school year.

When the shifting policy is implemented, some learners will go to class in the morning, and others will come in the afternoon.

According to spokesperson Michael Poa, the shifting policy is one of the interventions DepEd considers to address classroom shortages when full-in-person classes are adopted in the next school year. 

"We are considering shifting. We will have shifts like what we used to do. Some will go to class in the morning; then the other learners will come in the afternoon," the spokesperson said.

"This is to try to ensure that we still will be able to comply with the minimum health and safety standards, including physical distancing," said Poa.

The spokesperson said the department has planned to implement a double shift policy, although he did not discount the possibility of having three shifts in extreme cases.

 "We're looking at two shifts at the moment because having three shifts may result in students going home late or class schedules having compressed hours," said Poa.

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte specified that physical distancing would be adopted whenever possible. The DepEd has yet to release specific recommendations on class numbers for the upcoming school year.

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