BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The full resumption of in-person, previously called face to face, classes in November 2022, may see a return to a “pre-pandemic set-up,” a ranking education official here said.
Ian Arnaez said this means usual protocols may not apply or may be lifted unless health authorities say otherwise.
The country’s Education Department, headed by Vice President Sara Duterte had already started preparations for the full resumption of in-person classes and had even informed even private schools to prepare.
Arnaez, information officer of the Provincial DepEd office, said the order the order said inspections and validations of schools are no longer requirements for the F2F
When asked if students need to be fully vaccinated before joining the class, Arnaez said protocols like this may be lifted, unless health authorities impose it.
But since COVID is still present, he said they need to first wait for DEPEd’s regional office order first.
This year’s school calendar will begin on 22 August 2022 and end on 7 July 2022.
The Province of Negros Occidental has 581 physical campuses and last year’s enrollees reached to more or less 312,000.
Arnaez said before COVID hits, they had around 330,000 enrollees and they expect the same number of students to be back by the start of full face to face classes.