CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PHILIPPINES — As limited face-to-face classes started on August 22, Monday, a high-ranking official of the Cagayan de Oro City Schools Division said one of the challenges faced by some of the schools in the city was the shortage of classrooms for students.
With guidance from the City Schools Division, the schools planned to accommodate all the students in the first face-face classes. The City Schools Division had always coordinated with the city government through the Local School Board to address this problem.
In an interview on Monday, August 22, City Schools Division Assistant Superintendent Lorebina Carasco said that some schools had experienced a classroom shortage, especially in the central schools where many students are enrolled.
“Kulang man ta sa classrooms, so ang nahitabo adunay shifting nga gihimo. So set A and set B. So ang usa ka lawak-saringan, duha ang magklase niini ([Since we have a] lack of classrooms, what happened was some shifting. So, set A and set B. So in one classroom, there are two classes),” Carasco said.
As of August 22, 4:45 pm, of this year, DepEd-10 has recorded 128,893 students enrolled in public schools from kindergarten to senior high in CDO. Public schools are still accepting late enrollees, so Carasco said they expect the number to still rise for the school year.
DepEd divided each class into two groups of about 30 to 40 students. Half of the students were allowed to attend the first day of class, while the other half would be in class the next day. The present setup is an alternating schedule. Under the “blended learning setup,” when one group of students is in school, the other half would be doing modules at home.
“The first set will have face-to-face classes on Monday to Wednesday and then modular learning on Thursday and Friday. The second set will have face-to-face classes on Thursday, Friday, Monday to Wednesday the following week, and modular learning on Thursday and Friday,” said Cagayan de Oro City Schools Division Superintendent Cherry Mae Limbaco.
In addition, to ensure that the start of limited face-to-face classes would not become a super-spreader of the virus, they have also directed the teachers and school heads to instill the importance of minimum public health standards in the students. –WhatALife!/Zed