The Secretary of Education, Eligio Hernández Pérez, announced this Tuesday that the calendar for the academic year 2020-2021 is now available for the benefit of directors, teachers, students and members of the school communities of the Department of Education (DE).
“In Education, we know that the participation of parents in the academic life of students is of utmost importance, especially during these difficult times we are experiencing due to the pandemic by COVID-19. The calendar details the main activities that will be carried out throughout the school year that began yesterday, August 3, 2020, with the start of teaching and ends on June 2, 2021, “said the head of the DE.
From August 3 to 10, added the official, it will be remotely for all teachers. From 11 onwards, the teaching tasks will be transferred – in person – to the schools.
The calendar will be printed and distributed to schools and, as usual, is available on the DE website and directly at the link: http://de.pr.gov/calendario/ . To download it, parents or guardians must press the image. It will also be published on the agency’s social networks for greater reach and dissemination.
Situation uncertain due to pandemic
The school calendar does not establish the modality in which classes will be offered this school year. Said data, Hernández Pérez pointed out, is not specified because “the situation of the pandemic is changing and still uncertain. That is why the plan we design is a flexible one of constant evolution supported by scientific data and expert recommendations. We will begin the classes at a distance and we will take the determinations along the way ”.
As a method for parents or guardians to clarify doubts and learn about the school plan, this year the traditional Open House will be carried out virtually with the dissemination of the offers through social networks and online platforms. The community is encouraged to contact the schools to find out the details of the Open House scheduled for August 14.
Students begin classes on August 17 in distance learning due to the public health situation. The distance modality includes: online education, printed and digital didactic modules, meetings in Microsoft Teams and teleeducation. In addition, the Contact Program was established to provide assistance to those students whose circumstances do not fit the four main alternatives.
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