Limited face-to-face classes might be a possibility in the weeks to come as the Inter-Agency Task Force has already approved of this learning setting. All schools under Alert Level 2 areas are covered. There were conditions set by the IATF before this measure is to be implemented. This was announced on Friday by CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III.
As set, these conditions are:
1) The classes must be held with up to 50% classroom capacity only.
2) The Local Government Unit (LGU) should have approval of this setting.
3) The school facilities must comply with the COVID-19 restriction requirements of the IATF
4) The students, employees, and faculty members of the school must be vaccinated.
De Vera stated, during his speech at Palawan State University, that "Na-approve po sa IATF kahapon (IATF approved this yesterday), that [Alert Level 2] areas is equivalent to MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) areas,”
"Most probably, that would probably happen in areas where vaccination rate is already high like maybe in Metro Manila universities." The CHED Chairperson added.
Based on recent and available date, 73% of school faculty members and employees were already vaccinated while only 30% of all students were given vaccinations.
To hasten the vaccination process, Prospero De Vera III proposed to push through with in-school vaccination programs in the tertiary level. The tertiary-level academic institutions will have to provide the lists of students who will be vaccinated.
"Napansin namin sa aming pag-iikot, mas komportable ang mga estudyante kapag ang vaccination ay nasa eskwelahan kasi nakikita nila yung kanilang school at mga kaibigan (We had observed that students are more comfortable if the vaccination will be done in schools because they are seeing the campus grounds and their friends). There is a certain level of comfort in vaccination in schools," De Vera has also said.
Still, to undergo vaccination is a personal choice. No student will be forced to be vaccinated if he or she will not be comfortable with the idea, the CHED Chairperson has stated.
This new learning setup has also been confirmed by the Palace through Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. “Pwede pong magkaroon na ng limited face-to-face pero hindi po 'yan instant," the spokesperson said in a press briefing; provided, that the schools meet the conditions set the IATF.