On November 15, 2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) implemented the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in selected schools in the country. This shed light on the school administration of Montessori De Sagrada Familia, Inc. (MDSF) that the school would also reopen next school year–now, they are planning for it.
The school administration is eyeing to implement the blended learning approach in which online instruction is combined with face-to-face or traditional classes. This initiative was derived from the results of the survey conducted by the school in which the parents were asked regarding their preferred learning modality for next school year. In the survey, most of the parents preferred pure online classes and limited face-to-face classes with 280 and 249 responses, respectively.
With its school reopening program “Campus REopening for Authentic and Transformative Education (CREATE)”, the school administration ensured that all of their preparations are anchored on DepEd’s Shared Responsibility Framework that includes four pillars: (a) having safe operations, (b) focusing on teaching and learning, (c) including the most marginalized, and (d) ensuring the well-being and protection of all the stakeholders.
Part of the planning is the preparation for the CREATE pilot class before the current school year ends. The safe reopening committee will obtain signed consent from parents who are allowing their children to participate in the program. The assessments from the pilot class will be used in enhancing the plans of the school.
Other preparations of the school include: seeking approval from the Local Government Unit (LGU) and Schools Division of Bulacan, orienting the teachers and staff regarding the provisions and inclusions of the CREATE program, building their capacity to implement blended learning, retrofitting the school’s facilities, procuring the necessary equipment, and establishing health and safety protocols and contingency plans to avoid learning disruptions.
Last February 9, representatives from DepEd Quality Assurance Department already inspected the school’s preparation. Meanwhile, to enlighten further the Sagradan families about the school’s CREATE program, Mrs. Ma. Cristina Silamor, the school principal and directress, is set to meet all parents of K-12 students via a series of Town Hall Meetings on February 22-24.
To learn more about CREATE, watch the video here.