4 more public schools open F2F; 49 more nominated

Four more public schools in the city opened limited face-to-face (F2F) classes while 49 others have complied with the requirements and have been nominated to start F2F in the coming days.

The Department of Education (DepEd) Baguio Schools Division under Supt. Federico P. Martin said Baguio City National High School and Sto. Tomas National High School and Alfonso Tabora and Dominican Mirador elementary school started F2F on various dates this week, joining forerunners Sto. Tomas and Gibraltar elementary schools.

The rest are in various stages of compliance on safety seal requirements, assessments, orientation and simulations. 

The city has a total of 67 public schools composed of 45 elementary and 22 high schools.

Mayor Magalong who joined the city schools team led by Martin in conducting ocular inspections and F2F readiness validations of the different schools promised support not only on the requirements for F2F but also on the improvement of their physical facilities.

The mayor said the city is working on loaning to the schools some of the beds lent to the city by the Dept. of Public Works and Highways which were used in isolation facilities which have been retired due to the drop in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases for them to comply with the isolation requirement.

Some beds owned by the city had been transferred to some of the schools.

The mayor also committed to help secure funds for the repair and maintenance of classrooms as well as construction of newer buildings, according to Martin.

The schools division said that aside from Martin, the mayor was joined by School Governance and Operations Division Education Program Supervisor (SGOD EPS) Niño Tibangay and division supervisor, disaster risk reduction management coordinator and medical officers composing the composite team.

Among the schools visited were the Baguio Central School headed by Principal Esther Litilit, Pinget Elementary School headed by Philip Sagalla and Pinsao Elementary School under Annie Laurie Bisquera which at that time were preparing and complying with the indicators of the DepEd’s School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) as F2F requirement. – Aileen P. Refuerzo