Schools to begin classes with psychosocial sessions: DepEd

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May 14, 2020

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PUBLIC schools will be holding psychosocial interventions at the start of the new school year on August 24, officials of the Department of Education in Region-10 (DepEd-10) said Wednesday.
    Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, DepEd-10 director, said the program is part of the different approaches or modalities in learning in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    "Even in the curriculum that has been put in place, when we open our classes on August 24, they (teachers) will not teach academics that instant. The first week of school will be spent on psychosocial interventions, mental health interventions," Bayocot said.
    He also said that for the entire first week of the school year, discussions will be focused on safety, and psychosocial needs.
    However, given the limited number of psychologists to handle all schools in the region, teachers and resident nurses and medical doctors were given training modules in handling psychosocial intervention.
    Dr. Myra Yee, DepEd-10 Health and Nutrition Unit medical officer, said that the "new normal" in the education sector now includes both DepEd personnel and learners trained in health and psychosocial protocols.
    These include, Yee said, the emphasis on "bio-safety," which seeks to identify "vulnerable" students so that proper interventions can be made.
    "We are already training school health nurses, doctors, including guidance counselors through webinars. Aside from understanding bio-safety, are also forgetting the reality that there are mental health issues and psychological (problems) also involved," she said.
    Myron Gil Talosig, DepEd-10 Education Support Services Division head, said teachers in Region 10 are in the best position to hold psychosocial interventions because a number of them were involved in previous training since the time of Marawi City siege in 2017. (PNA)

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