According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), colleges and universities may start holding limited face to face classes starting December. They said that all degree programs may begin limited physical classes under the expanded phase as long as the schools comply with all guidelines set by the Commission.
“Itong expanded face-to-face ay pagdagdag doon sa original na limited face to face para sa medical and allied health sciences, engineering, tourism at maritime na inaprubahan ng Pangulong Duterte, early this year,” CHED Chairman Popoy de Vera said. (Read: Face To Face Classes Resume in 100 Pilot Schools Across The Country)
Reopening under certain conditions
He added that under the expanded phase of limited face to face classes, universities may reopen their campuses given they abide by certain conditions.
Regarding vaccination status, CHED said that all students and faculty who will be participating in the limited face to face classes must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The higher education institutes (HEIs) must also be able to comply with the minimum health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and other regulating bodies. They must retrofit their facilities to allow observance of these health protocols.
“So, kailan pwedeng magsimula? Eh depende kung gaano kabilis ang retrofit at saka mag-comply ang mga schools sa kanilang safety standards,” de Vera said. He added that once these conditions are met, they may start in-person classes as soon as this December. (Read: Online classes Year 2: Yay or nay?)
Alert Level 2 or below
De Vera also stated that HEIs may now apply to re-open for limited face to face classes in all degree programs at a limited capacity. The maximum capacity currently set is at 50 percent. He, however, clarified that only campuses in areas under Alert Level 2 will be allowed for now.
“Iyong Alert Level 3, ang target natin diyan ay by January ay magsimula na ito,” he said. “Pero, by December puwede nang magbukas iyong mga schools under Alert Level 2 kasama diyan ang Metro Manila kung saan pinakamaraming mga eskuwelahan.”