On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the Department of Education said at least 57 schools so far have applied for the pilot face-to-face classes for private schools, which is set for November 22, 2021. DepEd Director Malcolm Garma said these schools will undergo evaluation and only 20 schools will be picked for the pilot run. At the Laging Handa public briefing. The schools that will continue with the pilot run will be identified on November 12, 2021.
It was approved by the Department of Health. Only 100 public schools were allowed to participate in the pilot run on November 15, initially but DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones requested that 20 private schools be added. The right to learn of 27 million Filipino students has been affected by the continued closure of schools due to the pandemic, UNICEF said. The Philippine schools were fully closed for over a year, while schools globally were closed for only around 79 days in 2020, said UNICEF Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov.