CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Ten schools in Zambales have been included in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes that will start this November 15, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.
The schools identified ready for face-to-face learning in Zambales are the Burgos Elementary School, Owaog-Nebloc Elementary School, Moraza Elementary School, Belbel Elementary School, Maguisguis Integrated School, Nacolcol Integrated School, Palis Integrated School, all in Botolan town; Baliwet Elementary School and San Marcelino National High School, both in San Marcelino town; and Banawen Elementary School in San Felipe town.
With the collaboration of the DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH), these schools underwent thorough assessments to determine their readiness and safety to conduct face-to-face classes.
DepEd-Zambales Assistant School Superintendent Michelle Mejica said in a radio interview the selected schools were among the 42 learning institutions nominated by the Schools Division of Zambales.
“The team created by DepEd and DOH conducted school safety assessment among the 42 schools and these schools passed which are on the minimal risk areas,” Mejica said.
She said the schools were likewise validated by the Zambales schools division team to determine the level of readiness for the safe reintroduction of the face-to-face learnings.
She cited the need for the concurrence of the local government units (LGUs) expressing support to the pilot implementation of the holding of physical classes in the selected schools.
“We are working on the memorandum of agreement with the provincial government headed by Governor Hermogenes Ebdane and the local executives of the three LGUs where the selected schools are located,” Mejica said.
She likewise underscored the need for the consent of the parents of those students enrolled in the schools.
She added that contingency plans are being readied in case the number of Covid-19 cases increases in the schools’ location areas. (PNA)