/ 19 March 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Education said that 97 percent of teaching and non-teaching personnel in Baguio City have been fully vaccinated against Covid19.

Dr. Mary Libeney Sito, medical officer of the City Schools Division, said that the remaining 3 percent of the 2,449 personnel were unvaccinated because of their “religious belief and other valid reasons.”

“There is no discrimination among non-vaccinated personnel in the agency because they respect the disposition of those teaching and non-teaching employees who do not want to be vaccinated but they have to comply with the prescribed guidelines for them to show their negative antigen test every 14 days,” Sito said.

Personnel who have valid medical reasons not to be inoculated must present their medical certificates for them to be excused

Meanwhile, Sito said that learners and teachers who participate in physical classes should adhere to the minimum public health standards such as the wearing of face masks, observance of physical distancing and personal hygiene.

“Schools allowed to implement these limited face-to-face classes will be required to establish a triage right at the entrance of the school compound provided with supply of alcohol and face masks for the use of students, teachers and non-teaching personnel who will be entering the school,” she added.

Some 28 primary and secondary schools in the city are preparing for the resumption of in-person learning.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier said that consultations were held with the parents and the community to address the concerns of teachers on the holding of physical classes.