“Healthier” is how the Department of Health (DOH) describes face-to-face classes as its way of pushing students to return to school after more than two years in online learning.
In a statement, the DOH reminded parents, guardians and students that face-to-face (F2F) schooling offers many benefits.
“Face-to-face attendance in school will allow children to develop their cognitive and social skills experientially,” it said.
“F2F promotes physical and mental health and well-being. This is based on the latest scientific evidence,” DOH added.
The Health department said the risk of being infected with COVID-19 can be reduced when teachers, students and school personnel are all vaccinated and boosted once eligible.
“Let’s give our children the education and learning development they need and deserve this coming school year by providing the best education and protection,” it said.
DOH also pointed out that the face mask must be worn in school at all times; students and personnel must always wash hands; social distancing must be practiced; and airflow in the environment must be maintained.
As part of government COVID-19 guidelines, schools must be located in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2 for them to hold face-to-face classes. The DOH will also provide a periodic risk assessment to ensure compliance to health protocols.
As of the first week of May, the Department of Education said a total of 25,668 or 56.89 percent of public schools nationwide have returned to in-person learning. —LDF, GMA News