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PNP braces for in-person pilot classes



National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar directed concerned ground commanders to coordinate security matters with local education authorities, ahead of the pilot run of face-to-face classes in selected schools across the country.

“Your police force is ready to guarantee the safety of everyone not only against Covid but also against other threats to both teachers and students,” Eleazar said.

Earlier, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said a total of 90 public schools have been given approval to push through with the pilot run of face-to-face classes, which starts on 15 November.

She also said at least 20 private schools are being considered to begin the pilot run of face-to-face classes on 22 November.

To be included in the pilot run, concerned local governments and the parents of students should agree to participate.

Fully vaccinated
More than 90 percent of teachers and staff of schools tapped to conduct limited face-to-face classes have been fully inoculated against Covid-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) disclosed yesterday.

“In terms of vaccination, around 93.2 percent of teachers and staff of participating schools are vaccinated,” DepEd said in a statement.

“We also secured the commitment of the National Task Force against Covid-19 to prioritize jabs for teachers,” it added.

The education department also reiterated that stringent preparations and protocols have been established to provide maximum protection for students and teachers.

with Neil Alcober