With schools eyeing to implement Asynchronous classes amid extreme heat, Regional Director Estela Cariño, Department of Education – Cordillera Administrative Region (DepEdCAR), proposes adjusting class schedules. RD Cariño proposed implementing classes from 7-10 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (MWF), while allowing asynchronous learning on other days. This is to mitigate the adverse effects of high temperature during peak hours
and accommodate moments where teachers and learners must physically convene the DepEd official added.

“At least 7-10 am sana yung classes in areas where it’s really hot like Ifugao and Kalinga,” Cariño said in an interview, noting that by holding classes in the cooler morning hours, both teachers and learners can focus better without the discomfort caused by excessive heat. She added that while asynchronous learning provides flexibility, there are
moments where teachers and learners must physically meet face-to-face to allow for meaningful discussions and collaborative activities. The Regional Director also cited challenges with data and internet connectivity in the context
of asynchronous learning.

The approach will create a conducive learning environment, one that will balance academic rigor with the well-being of both educators and learners. Director Cariño emphasized the importance of ensuring that learning modules remain accessible and that clear instructions are provided to students during the implementation of alternative learning modes. She urges educators to “maintain group chats with learners and parents” to ensure that their learning needs are addressed.

For students, the education officlal stressed, to have open communication with their teachers when not feeling well. And encouraged them to stay hydrated and if feasible within the School Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses
(MOOE), provisions for water supply inside the classroom will be made.

Ruffa Mae T. Payangdo -UB Intern/ABN

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