The Department of Education (DepEd) is working to put up quarantine areas in schools to ensure the safety of students and school personnel who will be allowed to physically return to learning institutions, an agency official said Wednesday.
Abram Abanil, DepEd director for information and communications technology service, said the agency is implementing various measures to make sure students, teachers and other personnel are safe from the coronavirus disease once they go back to school.
"We are also working on putting up mga quarantine area sa aming school facilities para ma-ensure na maging safe ang teachers at mga bata sakaling may magkaroon ng symptoms," he said in a virtual press briefing.
(We are also working on putting up quarantine areas in our school facilities to ensure that our teachers and students are safe in case they show symptoms [of COVID-19])
Schools are also undergoing regular disinfection to make sure no one would contract any disease, he added.
Abanil said the public can expect reduced class sizes to implement physical distancing. The country's public schools are known to be crammed with students
Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said they were studying various alternatives to deliver education to students, such as blending online and classroom learning.
Abanil said the DepEd is also training teachers in various modes of delivering lessons.
So far, the DepEd has conducted 4 training sessions which reached 70,000 teachers, according to Abanil.
"Hindi naman sila sanay sa ganitong klaseng modality of teaching so we have to do a training in a situation where hindi tayo puwedeng magkaroon ng mass gathering, so we have to rely on online trainings," he said.
(They're not used to this type of modality of teaching so we have to do training in a situation where we cannot have mass gathering, so we have to rely on online trainings.)
Abanil stressed the importance of "parental support" especially for students who will have to take classes at home.
The DepEd is set to present its recommendations on the opening of classes and other education policies to the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases in early May.