PSHS Implements Academic Break Amidst Challenge of Online Learning

In order to give scholars the much-needed rest after the 1st quarter, Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC) will undergo a week-long academic break this coming November 2 to 6.

“Everybody needs a break! Prior to the trend on Twitter, the school decided already to give students and teachers a break after the quarter exam only that we were not able to announce it publicly. Anyhow, I believe that everybody deserves a ‘break’, a ‘breather’ after a quarter, to get ready to continue our journey in this very challenging time. Likewise, a break to count our blessings and appreciate the efforts of significant people around us, ”

— Dr. Rolando Libutaque, the Curriculum and Instruction Division (CID) Chief

No outputs will be required from students from November 4 to 8, as written in Memorandum Order No. 2020-10-55 released by the CID last October 19, yet submissions already scheduled on the said dates prior to the notice were exempt from the provisions.

Nonetheless, submissions are still allowed on November 2 and 3, the dates being based on the deadlines set in the project matrix and the proposal of the Student Alliance (SA).

“Ever since our term started, it has been the priority of the SA to propose a post-quarter destressing break. Both parties are continuously adjusting to these new modalities and pushing boundaries to explore ways in making our experience relatively easy, but fatigue and stress are valid emotions. In fact, the workload given to both students and teachers during the first few weeks of the academic year 2020-2021 has been quite overwhelming. Certainly, we deserve time to rest and recharge in order to come back better and more motivated for the upcoming quarters. We consider the approval of the week-long break an achievement, but our work doesn’t stop here. We will continue to listen to your pleas and stand with the greater good as we keep working to improve the overall remote learning experience on everyone’s end,”

the SA officials noted in their collective statement

The academic break was issued a day after the trend #PisayGiveUsABreak surfaced on the social media platform Twitter.

“The coordination with students through the SA and the parents through the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) on addressing issues and challenges posed by this remote learning mode should be given emphasis. The grant of such destressing break was followed in reference to Memorandum No. 2020-10-01 and was not thought of just because of the mass tweets,”

— Dr. Shena Faith Ganela, school director

In addition, those with backlogs in the Knowledge Hub (KHub) are encouraged to finish their outputs before the said break so that they may avoid concerns regarding non-submission and enjoy the destressing activities prepared by the SA.

Noted under the same memorandum is the resumption of classes for the 2nd Quarter which is on November 9, 2020.

“I hope and I pray that we continue to help each other so we can wholeheartedly embrace the reality the pandemic brings in our way of doing things,”

Dr. Libutaque ended.

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