/ 20 December 2020

THE DEPARTMENT of Education in General Santos City submitted the list of schools in remote areas that could hold face-to-face classes next year.

DepEd-city division superintendent Romelito Flores said the schools submitted were in the city outskirts and are considered as low-risk areas for Covid19.

However, the city division will have to wait for the DepEd central office for the list of schools to be approved for limited face-to-face classes on January 11 to 23.

“We actually prepared early for that, and our schools already have their own transition plans for such purpose,” Flores said.

As part of the initial run, 15 to 20 students would be let inside the classroom and is limited to several sessions in a week.

Flores said the classrooms will follow strict health protocols such as physical distancing and will restrict movement on the campus.

Schools that will be selected for the dry run will be adjusted to having a single entry and exit areas, while handwashing facilities will likewise be installed.

Participation in face-to-face classes will be voluntary with proper consent from parents and guardians.

“This is not a unilateral initiative. We will have shared responsibility with the city government and the parents,” Flores said.