STI Education System Holdings Inc. said it is moving the start of its school year (SY) to July.
Traditionally, the academic year begins in June and ends in March the following year.
STI said following the change in academic years and the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine in various parts of the country, classes in the company’s subsidiary schools have gone under way.
iACADEMY commenced classes for SY 2020-21 on August 24 for senior high school (SHS) and on August 28 for college students, while STI Education Services Group and STI West Negros University began classes in SHS and tertiary levels on September 7.
“All subsidiary schools would be conducting mostly online classes for the safety and welfare of students, faculty, and other personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while still meeting the students’ academic objectives through a responsive learning experience,” the company said.
“Onsite classes would also be allowed, as long as they are compliant with the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Commission on Higher Education (for college), and the Department of Education (for SHS),” it added.
With the pandemic setting in towards the end of SY 2019-20, classes throughout the company’s network of schools were suspended for the students’ safety. Students were given online and offline options, as well as a mix of both, to complete their requirements.
The school year was completed by the end of July 2020.