Classes will begin on August 22 and end on July 7, 2023, according to DepEd Order No. 034 series of 2022, which Vice President and Secretary Sara Z. Duterte signed on July 11. Some students have never been able to wear a school uniform, sit next to a friend, or raise their hands to ask a question to a teacher. They have only ever connected to their school via phone or laptop screen. To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Philippine government has enacted one of the nation’s longest lockdowns in history, which made 27 million students across the country take their classes online for two years.

The students also need to learn new rules now that they are in class. While focusing solely on their teacher, many of the students were diligently copying the class schedule into their notebooks. Nearly half of all schools in the Philippines have this situation. There was a lot of information about the safest bus routes for kids to use to arrive at school, as well as beautiful pictures of happy little kids running through the gates in brand-new uniforms on the local media stations. About 46% of students started five days of in-person instruction on August 22; the remaining students will initially continue taking some classes online.