Classes in public schools in all levels in this province are suspended for two weeks from January 16 to 28 in response to the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, Governor Albert Garcia announced on Friday.
This after Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Roland Fronda issued the division memorandum suspending classes in public schools.
The governor said private schools can also declare suspension in consultation with the parents’ associations and officials of the respective schools.
Under the memorandum, all classes regardless of modality, submission of academic requirements, and other teaching-related activities, including the second quarter examination, are postponed for two weeks.
“Dahil suspendido ang mga klase, suspendido din ang pagsusumite ng mga requirements, pagsusulit, pamamahagi ng mga Universal Serial Bus on the Go (USB–OTG) at Service Level Management (SLM), at iba pang aktibidad (Since classes are suspended, the submission of requirements, tests, distribution of the Universal Serial Bus on the Go (USB–OTG) and Service Level Management (SLM) are likewise suspended),” Garcia said in social media post.
A 60-percent skeleton workforce for non-teaching employees will be implemented while teachers are asked to stay home.
The governor said the number of teachers, students, and school employees showing symptoms of Covid-19 is increasing.
“Hangad ko ang kaligtasan ng bawat isang mag-aaral maging ang lahat ng mga empleyado at guro sa lahat ng paaralan dito sa ating lalawigan. Patuloy nating sundin at isabuhay ang mga health and safety protocols, gaya ng pananatili sa ating mga tahanan, pag-iwas sa matataong lugar, pagsusuot ng facemask at palaging paghuhugas ng kamay gamit ang sabon at tubig o alcohol (I wish for the safety of every student and the personnel and teachers of all schools here in our province. Let us continue to follow and apply the health and safety protocols, such as staying at home, avoiding crowded places, wearing of face mask and always washing of our hands with the use of soap and water or alcohol),” Garcia said.
On January 13, the number of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in Bataan rose to 31,536 with active cases reaching 1,937 after 310 new confirmed cases were recorded.
Recoveries reached 28,372 with 22 new additions while deaths climbed to 1,227 with the addition of one new casualty.
Source: Philippines News Agency