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Useful Information for AY 2021-2022

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Thank you for choosing St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD)! Below are important information that may help you in your quest for quality Paulinian education:

I. Learning Modality: Paulinian Blended Learning (PBL)

II. Modular Transformative Paulinian Home Study

III. Students/Parents, SPUD Faculty-Administration and Community Collaborations

IV. Technology and Resources

V. Enrollment and Fees

What is PBL or Paulinian Blended Learning?

PAULINIAN BLENDED LEARNING (PBL) is St. Paul University Dumaguete’s outcomes-based distance learning platform. This holistic and value-laden teaching and learning approach essentially provides interactive modalities that help shape a Paulinian mind, hand, and heart. PBL is both synchronous (online) and/or asynchronous (blended) modes. It is specifically tailored from students’ specific needs through:

A. PaulSync

A Synchronous modality of the PBL platform where modular teaching-learning engagements happen online, in a specific virtual environment using Microsoft Teams and Moodle for the Higher Education and QuipperSchool and Microsoft Teams for the Basic Education, as Online Mediums.

B. PaulFlex

An asynchronous modality of the Paulinian Blended Learning platform where teaching-learning engagements happens offline and in a modular self-paced time frame. There are choices available in this modality, namely, (1) Paulinian Thumb (USB-OTG) and (2) Paulinian Packets. These can be picked up onsite, delivered through courier, drop-off stations, and LGU/vicinity hubs. (Note: this modality will require other fees for materials, printing, and delivery.)

Can students opt to go online for the school year?

Yes, parents can decide that their children go online for the whole school year. Health and safety are of foremost importance. While blended instruction is the foreseen mode in the new normal, the school will adhere to the DepEd/CHED regulations of no face to face classroom instruction in the absence of a vaccine and approved medicines for COVID-19. Instruction will be designed to work for both blended and full-online modes.

What if a student does not have high-speed internet or unlimited data to run live video conferences?

A video recording of the online sessions will be made available by the teacher upon request. So, in the event that a student cannot participate due to limited connectivity or technical glitches, she/he can view the video recording at any time.

Can parents choose from conventional, blended or online modalities for AY 2020-2021?

From August 2020 to April 2021, the only mode of delivery is distance learning or home study, it can either be online or offline. If connectivity is a concern, students and parents can opt for the offline mode through Paulinian Thumb or Paulinian Packets (Modules, WorkTexts, and WorkSheets). SPUD will not offer the conventional or traditional mode, i.e., face-to-face interaction or on-site sessions, for health and safety reasons.

Will there be prescribed guidelines to follow regarding online distance learning?

The prescribed guidelines for PBL will be discussed during the students and parents’ orientation. It is also possible that some details will be released after these orientation sessions.

What options are available for students who do not have access to technology at home?

While access to technology will be a great help in the delivery of instruction, students with no or limited access to technology can still subscribe to PBL and avail of offline delivery of instruction through Paulinian Thumb (USB-OTG or downloadable soft copies) and learning packets (Modules, WorkTexts, and WorkSheets). Communication with teachers may be done using various means, e.g., phone call or text messaging if an internet connection is not available, during scheduled consultation periods.

Will there be a structured schedule of classes to be given?

Yes, a structured schedule of synchronous/asynchronous sessions and consultations will be provided to guide the students in managing their learning tasks and to keep the parents well-informed. If a student cannot attend the given online schedule for some reason like a technical glitch or a problem with internet connectivity, a video of the session will be made available by the teacher to the student upon request.

How will students’ learning progress be reported? Will there be grades?

For Basic Education, DepEd Order, s. 2015 will still be followed for the Grading System. Learning Tasks are developed to be home-based and performance based. Though students’ outputs will be given number grades, it is important to remember that learning is more important than the grades. Higher Education (College and Graduate School) shall follow the Student Handbook and the approved Guidelines for AY2020-21.

How will assessments be done?

Assessments will be a mix of formative and summative types. Summative assessments will be more performance-based and project-based to allow students to exhibit what they have learned and apply them in various contexts, scenarios, and challenges. Online assessment will be given to students who have internet connection and/or with limited data.  In impossible cases for online assessment using 365 MS Teams, the last resort is onsite assessment for those who have no internet capacity while observing health protocols and in coordination with the parents and LGUs.

How do we ensure the holistic Catholic Formation of the students?

SPUD through the Paulinian Formation Program by providing opportunities for growth in the faith, through informed online instruction (Religious Education) nourished and strengthened by the grace received in the sacramental and prayer life (CM), and inspired to do daily routine service of God and neighbors (CES).

Religious instructions, recollections, Eucharistic celebrations, faith sharing, spiritual and religious activities are made available online. This is in close coordination with the class advisers. A day is set for the recollection, spiritual, and religious activities where parents are highly encouraged to participate in the session. This year’s Paulinian Formation theme will focus on, “Paulinians: Gifted to be Bearers of Hope and Joy.”

Do I need to acquire a laptop for PBL? What are the specifications?

The purchase of gadgets and devices as well as the type and brand (e.g., laptop, iPad, PC, etc.) is left to the discretion of parents. Our Learning Platforms are also cellphone friendly.

What online learning platforms will the school use for PBL?

The following online learning platforms and tools will be used for the different grade levels:

  • Preschool to Grade 3: Microsoft Teams,
  • Grades 4 to 12: QuipperSchool, Microsoft Teams (e-books and modules for parents included; no need to buy physical books)

Do students still have to purchase physical books?

This will be on a case-to-case basis. With the transition to PBL, teachers will be preparing learning packets (modules) in addition to various learning materials, aside from the usual physical textbooks, to guide students. These learning materials (texts, instructional videos, documentaries, podcasts, educational apps, etc.) may either be created by the teacher or curated from various online sources. Younger learners (Kinder to Grade 3) will have some physical books that are important for learning as well as for psychomotor development. Textbook for Religion subjects will still be needed from Grades 1 to10.

Contact details for purchase of physical books: Finance office: 2251506 local 209; mobile 0977-149-5470 (Globe); email:

What will happen during an online learning session?

Online learning sessions (synchronous) are opportunities for teacher-student interaction in the PBL program. Each subject will have a specified schedule within the week. During the online sessions, teachers may discuss and clarify the expectations for the tasks assigned for the week, process higher order thinking skills, address difficulties, questions of students, use the time for students’ presentation of projects or performance tasks, and assess students’ acquisition of skills.

What if a question or concern about the lesson or a learning task surfaces outside the online session? Will there be available support from the teacher?

Yes. If a question or concern about the lesson or the learning task surfaces outside the online session (synchronous learning), the student may communicate with the teacher either by sending a direct message via the official platforms (MS Teams) or by using the consultation period to personally talk with the teacher via video conferencing or phone call. These consultation periods are scheduled within the week to allow interaction outside of the online sessions.

How will students interact with their teachers if learning is home-based?

Student-teacher interaction happens during online and consultation sessions. These interactions may take place through the learning management system (MS Teams), video conferencing, emails, phone calls, and short messaging. If need be parents can arrange a pre-scheduled dialogue with the Principal/Dean or their official representative provided the necessary statutory and health protocols are observed.

Will the schedule consider the condition of students/parents in the PBL scheme?

The weekly schedule in the PBL program will be composed of scheduled synchronous modular learning activities (online sessions), consultations, and modular self-paced asynchronous (offline) activities or tasks (independent learning). Half of the day (morning or afternoon based on structured schedule) will be devoted to synchronous learning activities and online consultation sessions with teachers, while the other half will be for asynchronous (offline) independent, self-paced learning at home.

Will there be an orientation for students and parents on how to use the learning platforms that the school will use?

To equip and prepare the students for the use of the learning platforms (MS Teams and QuipperSchool), an orientation program with instructional videos and other informational materials from Microsoft and QuipperSchool will be made available to them. Assigned staff will also be on hand for queries or concerns relating to the use of these platforms.  Separate orientation will be given to the parents.

Will attendance be checked? Will a student be marked absent if he/she fails to attend his/her online class?

Yes. Attendance will be checked for monitoring purposes. If a student is absent, the reason for his/her absence will be noted. Students who are unable to attend online sessions are expected to communicate with their teachers regarding their situation, so that arrangements for the missed online discussion may be identified by the teacher.

Is there a program and intervention for new and transferee students?

Yes. To assist new and transferee students and help them navigate the new environment, a scheduled orientation and “Welcome activities. New and transferee students are also provided an avenue to be heard through tele/web counselling. The University’s Guidance Center provides online programs for new and transferee students.

What is the role of the parents or guardians in Paulinian Blended Learning (PBL)?

Since students will be staying home, parents will be playing an important role in making PBL work, especially for younger learners who need more supervision or assistance. Foremost is for parents or guardians to help set the structure and schedule at home for their child/children to attend online classes. They must ensure that their child/children is/are on task or perform/s the learning tasks given. They are also expected to provide the subject teacher, homeroom adviser or guidance counsellor with feedback regarding any observation that may impact the optimum learning of the student.

How will parents be guided in the implementation of the modular home-based learning scheme for Basic Education and Higher Education?

Parents/students will be guided and supported through the following ways:

  • Parents and Students’ Orientations – Online orientations for parents and students will be scheduled to provide them with a general view of the program and the implementation scheme. These will be conducted before classes begin.
  • ePrimer – This document designed by the University describes the basic features of the learning program and its implementation.  All officially enrolled students shall receive an ePrimer.
  • Contacts – Should you have further questions about the program,  you may call us or contact us via email addresses below:

          Telephone number: +63 35 225 1506 local 299 or 200;
          Mobile number : +63 995 976 1004; and
          Email address :

How will parents communicate with the teachers if they have any concern or question about the progress of their children’s learning?

Paulinian Education is a collaborative partnership between the parents and SPUD. The success of a home-based learning delivery requires close coordination between the University and the home. Thus, communication between parents/guardians and teachers regarding learning progress is encouraged. If parents have any concern or question about their child’s progress, they may communicate with the teachers through email, video conferencing and other available social media. For conferences via video conferencing or phone, it is best to make an appointment with the teacher or administrator to ensure their availability.

Would it be possible for students to undergo PBL if their parents are only available to support them after work hours?

Yes. While adult presence at home is ideal in the conduct of both online and offline learning in PBL, it is still possible for students to learn without their parents. The teachers will be there to guide the students during online sessions and will be available for the scheduled consultation for the offline sessions.

For very young pupils, however, the presence of an adult who will oversee them at home is a must to ensure their safety and security. On this premise, the school assumes that an adult will be present to ensure that young pupils are safe and to assist them in managing their device, establishing an online connection, and remaining on-task. Adult assistance need not necessarily come from the parents. Any trusted adult who is capable of doing the tasks indicated will suffice.

Will there be training available for parents or guardians who are not “techie”?

Orientation and training for parents, especially those of very young pupils (Kinder to Grade 3), will be conducted to ensure that they are able to assist the students properly. Aside from these, instructional videos about the learning management system (LMS) and other apps being used by the students will be made available as references for both students and parents.

How will Guidance Counselors support the students’ mental well-being in PBL?

The Paulinian Blended Hugs: A Psychosocial Support in this Challenging Time, which will be offered by the Guidance Office will be available throughout the implementation of PBL. The counsellors will be available to attend to the needs of the students. When students experience social isolation, having access to trained and caring counsellors are very important. Tele/web-counselling will be done through MSTeams/Facebook/Telephone. It is essential for every student to feel safe even through various communications such as the use of technology to help them overcome difficulties and give them mental health support and prevent unnecessary exposure during the pandemic.

Is there a difference in the fees to be charged as compared with those of the previous year?

Yes, there is a difference because there are suspended fees which were deducted. These are charges for activities that cannot be carried out, but which may be reverted to in the new normal. There is also a new fee for the learning management system.

How much are the school fees for AY 2021-2022?

Since fees vary according to grade/year level, you may contact us:

     Telephone number: +63 35 225 1506 local 299 or 200;
     Mobile number : +63 995 976 1004; and
     Email address :

Are there available terms of payment to cater to the situation of parents?

Yes, any parent can choose to pay in cash (full payment) or staggered basis as follow:

  1. Terms of payment
    • Cash  5% discount on Tuition fees
    • Monthly Installment may be availed
  2. Should there be questions for the breakdown of fees, please contact the Finance Office: Telephone Number-2251506 local 211; Mobile  Number-0977-149-5470 (Globe); and Email address:

When is the schedule of enrollment? How can I enroll at this time of pandemic?

Enrollment can be done either online or onsite.  Enrollment is ongoing.  Instructions on how to enroll online can be found in the website of St. Paul University Dumaguete: .  For those who are allowed by the government health’s protocol to go out, they may choose to enroll onsite.

Specified  enrollment dates for late enrollees as follow:

  • Basic Education Kinder, Grades 1 to 12 – June 29 to July 17, 2020
  • College and Graduate School – July 20 to August 1, 2020

Note:  All officially enrolled students shall be provided with SPUD ePrimer and access codes to the MS Credentials shall be given.

When will classes in AY 2021-2022 start?

     Kinder : August 31, 2020
     Grades 1 to 12 : August 24, 2020
     College : August 18, 2020
     Graduate School : August 22, 2020

Thank you for choosing SPUD! 
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