/ 28 October 2021

THE CENTRAL Luzon State University consulted teachers, parents and other stakeholders for the crafting of proactive plan for the possible implementation of face-to-face classes early next year.

The public consultation was attended by at least 1,500 students, parents, guardians and local government officials, among others.

Dr. Theody B. Sayco, dean of the College of Engineering and chair of the limited face-to-face committee, presented the initial plans and preparations of the university to the attendees.

Sayco said that the plan complies with the guidelines set by the Department of Health and the Commission on Higher Education for the gradual reopening of higher education institutions amid the pandemic.

Sayco shared that programs under the College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and the College of Home Science and Industry will be the initial courses offered under the limited face-to-face classes as these all require a laboratory for skills enhancement.

“Attendance to face-to-face classes is not mandatory. We give our students the right to choose considering the restrictions of the situation without prejudice to their class assessment,” Sayco clarified.

CLSU President Edgar A. Orden, who was also present in the virtual event, assured the stakeholders that the university will look into the possibility of expanding the coverage of limited face-to-face classes to other courses that require laboratory classes.

He added that CLSU will make the proposal to CHED once the campus is ready and capable of accommodating a bigger number of students.

Part of CLSU’s Proactive Plan is the imposition of minimum health protocols on the campus such as wearing of face masks, face shields and observance of physical distancing. Visual cues, floor markers and physical barriers will also be installed as additional precautions to avoid the transmission of the virus.

After the university has completed and submitted all the necessary documents to CHED, CLSU will be subjected to evaluation and inspection.