8 San Carlos City schools start face-to-face classes

(Photo from Florentina Ledesma Elementary School)

BACOLOD City – Eight schools in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental resumed face-to-face classes (F2F) upon completion of requirements and approval from the local government unit and Department of Education (DepEd)-6 regional office this month.

Information from the City Government of San Carlos stated that among the schools granted the authority to hold limited in-person classes are:

-San Carlos Milling Company Inc. Elementary School,

-Congressman Vicente Gustilo Sr. Memorial,

-San Juan Elem School,

-Don Carlos Ledesma National High School,

-Florentina Ledesma Elem. School,

-Malindog Elem. School,

-Mabato Elementary School and

-San Jose Elem School.

A total of 964 learners are currently attending alternate classes – face-to-face classes for a week and modular form of learning for the next.

Schools Division Superintendent Anthony Liobet, CESO V said that a School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) was used to assess the readiness of schools.

They also complied with the directives both of the local government unit and DepEd’s central office and assured that teachers who will be handling face-to-face classes were fully vaccinated.

If they are not vaccinated, teachers are required to present negative RT-PCR results every two weeks.

But Liobet said that learners were not mandated to be vaccinated as they only need their parents’ consents and observe mandatory health protocols for in-person classes.

He also emphasized that students who were not given the consent to participate in the limited in-person classes resort to either online or modular learning forms.

Liobet asked parents to continue to support their children in attending face-to-face classes and hoped that teachers will also do their best to ensure safety and that children also learn during the conduct of classes.

He looked forward to adding more schools to the list and thanked the local government for helping them prepare the schools in time for the face-to-face classes.

On the other hand, teachers of Florentina Ledesma Elementary School headed by Master Teacher II Rosalinda Fedrequilan shared that students were enthusiastic to learn during physical classes and for almost 2 weeks, they haven’t had any difficulties in dealing with them.

They also disclosed the measures being implemented before entering respective classrooms and provisions given to children like the health kit, among others.

The city has 65 public elementary and secondary schools with 31,015 enrolled learners.