Antique eyes to expand F2F classes

FACE-TO-FACE. Learners of the Igsoro Integrated School in Bugasong town hold a series of simulation exercises as part of ensuring the successful implementation of the face-to-face classes. Julian Ambay, Bugasong Public School District Supervisor, said on Friday (Nov. 12, 2021) the pilot is ready for the November 15 start of face-to-face classes.(Photo courtesy of DepEd-Antique)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Antique province is planning to have more schools adopt face-to-face (F2F) classes, once its implementation in two pilot schools starting November 15 proves to be successful.

Schools Division of Antique Education Supervisor Curriculum Implementation Division officer in charge (OIC) Edward Bana said some schools have requested F2F classes.

"The plan is to have a school in every district (to) at least have face-to-face classes," Bana said during a virtual press conference on Friday.

He said it is very crucial that the F2F classes in the two pilot schools – the Mayabay Primary School in Barbaza and the Igsoro Integrated School in Bugasong – become successful.

The school officials, he said, are doing their best to ensure that the start of the face-to-face classes would be smooth as learners have conducted simulation exercises.

Learners will only have four hours of classes every morning during class days and do modular work at home in the afternoon.

Bugasong Public School District Supervisor Julian Ambay said their pilot school is ready for F2F classes.

Their local government unit (LGU), headed by Mayor John Lloyd Pacete, will provide snacks during the first four weeks so that the learners would have something to eat during recess.

"The learners will be provided with nutritious food to be prepared by a nearby bakery in Barangay Igsoro," he said.

District of Barbaza principal in charge Marilou Juanitas, who supervises the Mayabay Primary School, said their learners are using color coding on their identification cards’ lace so that they could be easily identified whether they belong to Kinder or Grades 1 to 3.

Juanitas said it is important that teachers easily identify them in case they wander off to other classrooms, which is prohibited as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

"Learners are being told to only stay in their classrooms," she said.

Juanitas said they have provided an isolation room in case a learner does not feel well while in school.

One teacher was hired by the LGU to attend to sick learners.

Meanwhile, Evelyn Remo, who is the Department of Education (DepEd) Antique Schools Governance and Operations Division chief, said parents have been advised not to let their children go to school if they sense that they are unwell.

She said the two schools were chosen as a pilot for the face-to-face classes because of their zero Covid-19 cases until now.

"It is really a go, go for the face-to-face classes in Antique come November 15," Remo said.

The Mayabay Primary School has 63 learners while the Igsoro Integrated School has 89. (PNA)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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