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  • Writer's pictureKristel Cawas-Baruzo

What rules and regulations to expect in Face to Face Classes implementation

Updated: Feb 27, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga - With the gradual resumption of Face-to-Face (F2F) classes in schools in the city, Department of Education- Tabuk has laid down procedures and steps of what parents and pupils should expect and abide by upon entering the schools to ensure health safety.

There are 34 educational institutions in the city approved to hold the physical learning method after it recently expanded F2F classes to 31 more schools.

Schools Division Superintendent Irene Angway said that while parents showed willingness to let their children join the expanded F2F classes, health protocols established by the Department of Health since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country should still be in place.

"In fact, most of the parents nga ang may gusto sa face-to-face classes, they are actually the ones asking about it. So as usual we have health protocols that should be followed [sic]," Angway said during an interview on the day of the schools' F2F class orientation on Monday, February 21, 2022.

Primary Rule

To be protected against the spread of any virus, learners attending the F2F classes are expected to properly wear their face masks as a precaution.

Wearing of face masks, according to the World Health Organization, should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission of the virus and save lives.

Triage Area and Isolation Unit

Every school, Angway informed, should only have one entrance or one gate opened for students before entering the school to ensure that everyone passes thru triage; one exit to ensure that there will be least contact; and footpaths are also positioned to ensure that learners are guided and social distancing is maintained.

Students upon entering the school shall be examined at the school's triage area where their temperatures are checked. In case signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are detected, Angway said pupils or students shall stay at an isolation unit at the school until authorized persons come to pick them up for further diagnosis and treatment.

Other preventive measures

If a student or pupil is cleared from any signs and symptoms of the virus, they are allowed to enter their classrooms where a minimum of one to two-meter gap between the teacher and the student should be followed.

Table spaces are also at two-meter distance from each desk with plastic barrier.

Group gathering is prohibited, so attendees are advised to bring their own food and be at their designated desks during their recess or break time and lunch periods. Students are discouraged from forming large groups when they leave the school grounds.

Each school has its own wash area.

Aside from limiting the number of students in one classroom, the division expects health policies and protocols published by the DOH and local health authorities for learning instructions to be obeyed to avoid complications that may hamper F2F education in the city.



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