Rev. Fr. Emilio A. Ascaño, LRMS
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Greetings of Peace to everyone! During this time of Enhanced Community Quarantine, we hope and pray that you and your loved ones are staying at home to value health and safety.
We accept the reality that the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic will take time to be under control. We expect precautionary measures like the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, banning of big gatherings and other safety measures will continue for a period of time.
These past weeks, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System (RCAM ES) Board of Trustees and the Superintendent Commission have done a lot of planning and coordination with the Department of Education. The discussions were cascaded to member schools to guide them for school year 2020-2021.
To contextualize for our school, please take note of the following.
- On Report Cards of school year 2019-2020: With no end in sight yet for the COVID- 19 pandemic and community quarantine, we have resumed the preparation of report cards via online since last week. Please bear with us as we face limitations like accessibility of old data and slow internet, making checking of report cards by teachers slow and tedious. Please wait for further notice regarding date and mode of release of the report cards.
- On Year-End Ceremonies: We will decide if these will push through or not once the COVID-19 threat abates.
- On Remedial Classes: Learners who have failing grades will be given home-based remedial lessons. Teachers will coordinate with the learners and/or parents this week.
- On Enrollment: We are preparing an online enrollment platform, and we hope to start by the third week of May. There will be no increase in tuition fee, and the miscellaneous fees will be reduced. Only books for major subjects like Mathematics, Science, English, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, CLEd and Chinese Mandarin will be required. Please wait for a separate letter on enrollment and related matters from the Registrar's Office.
- On Classes for school year 2020-2021: It will be flexible learning, mix of home-based and school-based. But pending advice by the Department of Health (DOH) that it is safe to have physical return to school, all classes, lessons and tasks will be home-based, via online. For those who have home technology concerns or limitations, parents are to come to school on scheduled days to pick up and submit paper-based activities and materials. We will slowly and prudently transition to school-based learning once DOH says it is safe to do so.
The Department of Education is working on streamlining the curriculum for this school year. We are waiting for this and will use it as basis for our lessons and for additional essential competencies for our learners to learn.
Classes will start in July or August, depending on the date of lifting of the community quarantine for teachers to come to school for preparations.
For most of us, home-based learning is a new mode of education, and therefore requires a lot of patience and understanding. We are dedicated to the continuous education of our learners and are taking steps to offer this "New Normal" way of education the best way we can. Its successful delivery will need the active participation of parents and guardians. Let us adapt to this ever-changing situation and hand-in-hand overcome the apprehensions and challenges that come with it for the good of our children.
May this year, despite the obstacles and uncertainties, be a fruitful year for the education of our children. Thank you very much and may God protect us all!