Ilokano students back in public schools as classes resume in Ilocos Norte


Nov. 17, 2021 ...

Almost 400 selected students in both primary and secondary levels were back-to-school yesterday as classes resumed in Ilocos Norte.

Specifically, kindergarten to grade 3 and grades 11 to 12 under the technical-vocational livelihood track participated in the pilot in-person classes.

Nine (9) public schools located in certain more remote areas and low-risk municipalities in Ilocos Norte have passed the comprehensive school safety assessment and field validation by the Department of Education (DepEd) for the pilot run of face-to-face classes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only ten (10) schools in the entire Ilocos Region received the "go signal," namely, Alao-ao Elementary School and Paddagan Elementary School in Bangui; Dumalneg Elementary School, Dumalneg National High School, and San Isidro Elementary School in Dumalneg; Cacafean Elementary School in Marcos; Buanga Elementary School, Godogod Elementary School, and Bicbica Elementary School in Pinili; and Longos Elementary School in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

Underscoring the importance of complying with public health standards, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc remarked:

" [I am] So thrilled to see our kids in Pinili back in class! Next, we must work on ventilation (open windows and doors) so we can do away with the face shields. Congratulations to DepEd IN [Ilocos Norte]. Let's continue to work together to get our kids back in school."

DepEd Ilocos Norte has coordinated with the Provincial Government, local government units, and the Philippine National Police in monitoring the safety of both students and teachers. Specifically, medical triage was established for health screening. Likewise, isolation rooms were prepared to accommodate students and teaching staff who would exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

Gov. Marcos Manotoc has long supported the reopening of schools at the onset of the pandemic by urging agencies to allow the face-to-face conduct of classes in low-risk areas, saying that "the country should adopt a localized and not nationwide approach."

The Philippines is the last country in the world to resume in-person classes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic