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𝙰𝚐𝚞𝚜𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚎𝚕 𝚂𝚞𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗
𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲-𝘁𝗼-𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀? 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗱𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰?
Since the infection rate has already subsided and the alert level lowered, the Department of Education Caraga released a series of issuances advising schools to prepare and comply with the School Safety Assessment tool (SSAT) as a requirement for conducting limited face-to-face classes.
This move is a positive development for academic accessibility. However, it does not guarantee a 100% safe environment since COVID-19 has mutated into several variants that can still threaten everyone. Also, the restricted class schedules may pose some disadvantages.
However, under the current limited face-to-face setup, students have a greater chance of complying with all assignments and other written activities. Students also feel more comfortable in a traditional in-person classroom setting. It is no surprise that teachers, parents, and students are eager to return to the classroom this year and in the next school year.
In Afga Central Elementary School, our teachers prepared the classrooms according to the guidelines. Our School Head even facilitated an orientation for parents to fully understand how limited face-to-face classes work and how to implement health and safety protocols inside and outside the school premises.
According to the survey conducted in our school, the vast majority of parents, 93% of them, favored the conduct of limited face-to-face classes. Only a few expressed hesitancy to allow their children to return to the classrooms.
I dare say that going back to the classrooms is the solution we seek to solve the learning gaps among the students. For this, Afga Central Elementary School is prepared and ready.