IATF wants face-to-face classes for all private and public schools

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — The Inter-Agency Task Force strongly supports the conduct of in-person classes for all private and public schools for basic education, acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said in a statement Friday.

Andanar, however, noted that COVID-19 vaccination should not be a requirement for its full implementation, but schools are “strongly encouraged” to undertake immunization programs for learners.

“To provide an opportunity for children to be vaccinated, public educational institutions for basic education are enjoined to allow the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with their respective local government units (LGUs), to facilitate the conduct of the COVID-19 vaccination programs within their premises,” he said.

As for private educational institutions, they may coordinate with the DOH and their respective LGUs to implement inoculation of their students within their premises.

“The aforesaid COVID-19 vaccination programs shall be conducted with the informed consent given and signed by the parent/guardian, and the assent given by the learner pursuant to applicable DOH guidelines,” he added.

The Health department and the concerned LGU are tasked to ensure proper implementation of the vaccination program for all basic education learners, Andanar said.

So far, students from over 20,000 public and private institutions across the country have returned to their classrooms after almost two years of distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.