Ecija Dep-Ed declares 2-week academic ease

January 16, 2022 Steve A. Gosuico 181 views

CABANATUAN CITY — Citing “imminent danger of community transmission,” the Department of Education in Nueva Ecija has declared a two-week “academic ease” or suspension of classes and other teaching-related activities amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province.

In his memorandum issued January 14, 2022, Nueva Ecija Dep-Ed Schools Division Superintendent Jessie D. Ferrer announced the “suspension of classes regardless of modality, submission of academic requirements, and conduct of other teaching-related activities, including the 2nd Quarter Examinations for two weeks from January 17 to January 28, 2022.”

“In view of the present COVID-19 situation in the Province of Nueva Ecija with 1,070 active cases reported by the Nueva Ecija Inter-Agency Task Force and having been declared under IATF Res. 156-C under Alert Level 3 status or high-risk province from January 14-31, it is evident that there is an imminent danger of community transmission that could affect our personnel and operations of schools,” said Ferrer.

During the suspension of classes, Ferrer said a skeleton workforce or 60 percent of its non-teaching personnel must report on-site to render frontline services while teaching personnel are directed to stay at home.

All offices shall continue to be in full on-site operation under a 60 percent minimum workforce in accordance with the Alert Level 3 protocols, added Ferrer.

He said that private schools, in consultation with their respective parents’ associations, may exercise their own discretion relative to the suspension of classes and K-to-12 learning activities when COVID-19 risks in their respective areas are high.