Coronavirus (COVID-19) has a significant influence on the educational system in most countries across the globe. This temporarily disallows face-to-face learning and changes this with modular distance learning where students stay at home to study their lessons. This supports the survey conducted to parents during the enrolment period that they prefer printed modules rather than digital learning. The Department of Education (DepEd) is now continuing to work on printed modules for the benefit of the majority of learners.
The school begins to educate parents for their crucial role in the introduction of modular distance learning. They are considered to be learning facilitators of their own children, whose primary function is to serve as teachers at home. It is their job to provide their children with learning plans, to explain the contents of the modules, and to direct and assist their children in answering to the different activities contained in their learning modules. They are also responsible for tracking the learning progress of the learners. It is also a surprising challenge for parents to have these new positions in the education of their children.
In order to ensure that these parents are fully aware of their new responsibilities, the school will guide the parents where gray points are raised. Their fears and anxieties are steadily dismissed during the proper orientation. It is clear that the school has a contact mechanism that immediately reacts to the concerns of the parents along the way. In addition, the parents decided that clarifications should be addressed by the teachers during the weekdays.
The crucial factor that is stressed during parents' orientation is the Weekly Home Learning Plan (WHLP), which specifically lays out the learning activities that need to be worked out in a weekly basis. Parents should first read the content of the WHLP before going through the lessons, since it paves the way for the execution of the activities needed for the week. During the dry-run, it is noticed that most parents have forgotten to read the contents of the WHLP. As an end, their children did not perform the tasks prescribed for the week. It is repeated to parents that WHLP is the most significant guide to provide assistance in the study of their children.
It is also noted that during the simulation activity, parents are very respectful of the needs of their children. As a matter of fact, they find time to fulfill all the needs of the children before the school year starts. It is an inspiring scenario to see those parents who are sacrificing their time to fulfill the needs of their children at this time of the pandemic.
Parents are also asked to get the modules in the school during the scheduled distribution. They are recommended to follow the health and safety guidelines of COVID-19 for everyone's safety. The school develops mechanisms to effectively fulfill the minimum standards set by the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force. In fact, the school has log sheets, health declaration form, signs, and other items to show that they comply with what they are expected to do.
Another question that most parents ask is more about their children's learning outcomes that are compatible with their quarterly grades. The DepEd provides a guide to the grading of learners during the duration of COVID-19. It is obvious that there are only two categories that serve as the basis for the learning outcomes of the learners. There are written tasks and tasks for success. Written works ensure that learners are able to communicate their learning skills and concepts in written form. This can include essays, written outputs, and lengthy quizzes. The performance tasks aspect helps learners to illustrate what they know and can do in a number of ways. Learners can develop or invent products or perform performance-based tasks. This may include demonstration skills, presentation, oral work, multimedia production, and research projects.
In addition, it is stressed during parents' orientation that the aim of continuing education is not for grades, but for learning that learners can learn from their lessons through a modular distance learning approach. It is also emphasized that teachers, parents, and learners must work together to achieve the aim of continuing education at this time of the pandemic. Everyone is required to adapt to this new level of education, so it is best that everyone should have an open mind to understand that for this school year, DepEd has a new framework for offering education to learners.