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Cebu News

5 Cebu City schools start face-to-face classes in May

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  Five schools in Cebu City will begin limited face-to-face classes in the first week of May 2022, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Wednesday, March 30.

Cebu City Division Schools Division Supt., Dr. Rheamar Angtud, said the five are the integrated schools in Barangays Pamutan and Sibugay, the school in Barangay Sudlon, and the elementary and high school in Barangay Sinsin.

Angtud said 13 schools were recommended for return to in-person classes but the others still have to get a safety seal.

After the 13 schools, more schools in Cebu City are expected to follow. 

The schools will under observation for a trial period of two months.

Vaccination

Only teachers and learners vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed to join in-person classes. Unvaccinated students will continue with other types of learning modalities.

DepEd-Cebu City and the city’s Vaccination Operation Center have joined forces to ramp up vaccination among those between five to 17 years old.

DepEd-Cebu City has proposed 16 schools as vaccination sites, including City Central, Tisa and Pito-os National High School, and the elementary schools of Hipodromo, Zapatera, Banilad, Camp Lapu-Lapu, Talamban, Labangon, Labangon Bliss, OPRRA, Banawa, Bulacao, San Nicolas, and Sawang Calero.

Dr. Denise Nicole Orlanda of DepEd-Cebu City said the schools were selected because of their proximity to hospitals.

Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, officer in charge of the Cebu City Health Department, said other schools may request to host vaccination of children but cannot vaccinate those below 12 years old.

He said only areas near hospitals are allowed to vaccinate children 11 years old below.

“Pwede mo-request ang DepEd or ang schools para among adtuon… wala na gyuy rason nga di magpabakuna. At least, maprotektahan ang mga kabatan-unan ug mga estudyante,” Ibones said.

Mayor Michael Rama has long been wishing for children to return to campus and has since been a staunch advocate of vaccination, saying it is the city’s way to liberation from COVID-19.

As of this writing, the city only has 82 active COVID cases spread in 37 barangays.

Majority of the 82 are isolating at home while nine others are in the hospital. Four others are in isolation facilities while six have been endorsed outside Cebu City. – Decemay P. Padilla, JMO (FREEMAN)

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