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Face To Face Classes Resume in 100 Pilot Schools Across The Country

30 private schools will also re-open in the next week.

On Monday, November 15, 100 schools across the country started limited face to face classes. Thousands of students enrolled in public schools nationwide returned to classrooms, after over a year of online and distance classes.

The Philippines is the last country in the world to return to face to face classes after the pandemic started in March 2020. Venezuela, who was identified by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as one of two countries where students are still not returning to classrooms, resumed in-classroom learning on October 25. (Read: ICYMI: Vaccination of On-Site Employees Required In Areas With Sufficient Vaccine Supply Starting December 1)

Ready for face to face classes

Pupils observe minimum health protocols as they attend the first day of limited face-to-face classes at the Longos Elementary School in Barangay Pangapisan in Alaminos City, Pangasinan on Monday. (Photo from ABS-CBN News)

According to Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma, all participating schools for the limited face to face classes are ready for it. “Almost all participating schools are ready for the pilot study on November 15, 2021. On the average, most of them are basically on a 90% above preparation,” he said during a press briefing on November 9.

However, several groups called on the education department to implement more health and safety measures as schools gradually reopen. Composed of different groups of health and education advocates, they listed five demands for the reopening of schools. (Read: DOH Now Allows Christmas Caroling)

  • Weekly COVID-19 antigen testing to screen all learners, teachers, and staff who will participate in the classroom in-person learning;
  • Special vaccination program in areas where schools that will participate in the pilot run of face-to-face classes are located;
  • Retrofitting of classrooms to ensure better ventilation, with each having a minimum of two electric fans, and air-conditioned rooms having air filters;
  • Mass hiring of school nurses;
  • Medical fund for free treatment of those who will get infected with COVID-19.
Upon entering school premises, children need to follow health protocols — temperature check, fill out health declaration form — and proceed to the handwashing station. (Photos from Maria Arra Perez/DZMM/ABS-CBN News)

The joint statement added that the current measures in place for the resumption of face to face classes lack “key health protection measures” that can help boost parents’ confidence for in-person learning.

30 private schools are set to reopen in a week’s time.

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