The Public Schools District Supervisors (PSDSs) of the Schools Division of Parañaque assisted and rendered technical assistance to the private schools in drafting and finalizing their Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) aligned with the Division LCP as instructed by the Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Evangeline P. Ladines, together with the Curriculum and Implementation Division chief, Dr. Bernardo N. Mascariña.
After having ascertained the private schools assigned to them in a virtual meeting on May 15, the PSDSs then engaged the school administrators in their compliance with the requirements prescribed for submission to the National Capital Region (NCR) through the Division months before they open classes, School Year 2020-2021. The PSDSs also made themselves available in virtual meetings to check school forms or discuss some queries arising from the preparation of the documents. Invitation to attend the school INSET was also shared to them by providing them available links which the public schoolheads from Kinder to senior high schools appreciated.
Newly designated division focal person Dr. Marilyn B. Timtiman and Ms. Thelma F. Montiel, Education Program Supervisor, with their staff made possible the effective link between the SDO and the private schools. They are responsible for updating private school permits, records and enrollment data among others. One recent hurdle that all private schools undertook was responding to DepED Order No. 13, s. 2020 that included answering a checklist and preparing documents to show their readiness to implement the modality of their choice with credentials to support them.
Living under the New Normal is challenging for all schools with the burden that rests heavily on the private schools, however, SDO Parañaque manages to try extending its support one day at a time. The PSDSs may not have all the answers parents or stakeholders possibly ask but, there is an assurance of services provided even after office hours, on a weekend through different media, and they are always there for them “para sa bata, para sa bayan.” (By Ma. Estrellita C. Arceo)