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KagES summer program observes Covid-19 safety measures

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AT Kagman Elementary School, the Public School System is “road testing” the Covid-19 safety measures it will implement when the new school year begins on Sept. 8.

KagES is conducting a summer school program with face-to-face instruction and a staggered schedule.

School principal Dr. Ignacia Demapan said 100 students are participating in the summer school program, which is focused on math and reading.

The students are divided into two sessions: Group A, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and Group B, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ten teachers are involved in the summer program.

Dr. Ignacia Demapan

“Overall, each teacher has 10 students,” Demapan said. “We are following the social-distancing protocols by allowing five students only in a classroom.”

The two-hour  face-to-face instruction includes social-emotional learning, she added.

“We have safety protocols in place: teachers wear face masks, there is social distancing in the classroom, we use hand sanitizer and encourage hand washing for at least 20 seconds, and we regularly disinfect the classrooms,” Demapan said.

The summer program started on June 22 and ends on July 31.

Recently, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force visited KagES.

“They came and looked at our classrooms,” Demapan said. “They ensured that all the safety precautions are in place.”

She said the school has also implemented new visiting rules for parents.

“During drop-off/pickup, parents are encouraged not to get off their cars. And they are required to wear masks when on campus,” she said.

In addition, KagES has a thermal scanner to check each student’s temperature before he or she enters the classroom and before leaving for home.

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