Fully vaccinated college and university students only. This is what the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) have emphasized on the soon to come limited face-to-face classes.
This stressed fact was given by CHED Executive Director Cinderella Benitez-Jaro in a press briefing last Wednesday, December 1.
The limited in-person classes (face to face) have been made possible after the Inter-Agency Task Force approved the proposed phased implementation of the program in the tertiary level of education that are in places under Alert Levels 1, 2, and 3.
Flexible learning system for Unvaxxed
Although the rate of vaccinated students is rising day by day with a current record of 45.91% of the 4,007,795 college students, there are still those that haven’t had their jab or are still hesitant to get the vaccine.
Now these Unvaccinated students will not be able to do the face-to-face classes and instead have their own remote learning and participate through a flexible learning system.
When they say “Flexible learning” it means a combination of digital and non-digital technology, in which the CHED says that this type of learning doesn’t necessarily require being connected to the internet.
“For those unvaccinated or students who can’t participate in limited face-to-face classes, they shall continue to be governed by our guidelines on flexible learning—online and offline modes,” – Cinderella Benitez-Jaro, CHED Executive Director
Fully vaxxed School Personnel
There is no excused or exempted. All Teaching and Non-Teaching personnel in the school that would be participating the in-person classes should be fully vaccinated.
The vaccination rates for faculty also continues to increase along with its students at 82.45% of the 290,380 personnel of higher education institutions As of November 25 of this year.
Aside from the vaccinations, every school should be covid-19 ready; retrofitting facilities to adhere to the minimum public health standards.
Phases of limited face-to-face classes
Phase 1: Only universities and colleges in regions under Alert Level 2 may apply for authorization. Start of limited face-to-face classes will be in December.
Phase 2: The schools are required to retrofit facilities and comply with minimum public health standards. Under Alert Level 3, these schools may start in-person classes in January 2022.
Now here’s a question for you. Are you in favor of this decision or do you think it’s too much of a separation on the vaxxed and unvaxxed?