CHED to submit guidelines to IATF on limited face-to-face classes

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The Commission on Higher Education said it is coming up with guidelines on how to conduct face-to-face classes in universities, which they will try out next month, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The Commission on Higher Education said it is coming up with guidelines on how to conduct face-to-face classes in universities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera on Tuesday said they will submit the guidelines to the Inter-agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases by next week.

Once approved, they plan to test how limited face-to-face classes will play out in areas under modified general community quarantine by mid-July.

"Iyan 'yong mga protocols na isinusulat namin ngayon para aprubahan ng IATF at ite-test run natin ito sa July," he told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon.

This means he will visit schools to check on their physical distancing measures and other health protocols as well as speak to the local government units, he later clarified in a message.

"May kombinasyon ka ng limited face-to-face at saka mayroon kang online or limited face-to-face at saka mayroon kang offline doon sa mga lugar na walang connectivity," he said. "'Yan ang pinaghahandaaan natin kasama ng ating mga eksperto."

[Translation: You have a combination of limited face-to-face and online or limited face-to-face and offline classes for areas without connectivity, that is what we are preparing for along with our experts.]

The approved guidelines may only be implemented when classes start in August or September, CHED said.

The chairman said the guidelines include spacing of chairs in classrooms and health measures in the cafeteria. It should comply with the protocols of the commission, the Department of Health and must be consulted with the local government, De Vera noted.

This comes after the government announced that mass gatherings in colleges and universities are now permitted in MGCQ areas.

However, De Vera said the IATF has not authorized any class opening in July.