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MCS goes beyond, above CDC guidelines, school president says

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MOUNT Carmel School considers safety and learning as the two primary themes for the new school year as it implements Covid-19 pandemic safety measures, MCS president Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero, EdD said.

In his remarks during the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting on Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency, Deleon Guerrero said MCS is going “above and beyond” the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Aside from the basic health protocols of wearing a face mask, temperature check, markers and social distancing, face shields will be mandatory on campus, he said.

The school has also implemented  disinfecting measures and will observe staggered schedules so all the students will not be on campus at the same time, he added.

MCS has reevaluated  everything from class sizes to the entrance and exit of students, among many other things, Deleon Guerrero said.

He said online learning will be balanced with face-to-face learning,  but this may vary from grade to grade.

“There is no such thing as one size fits all,” he added.

 

Mount Carmel School president Galvin Guerrero, center, speaks about MCS preparations for the reopening of schools during the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting on Tuesday at the Hyatt.

Younger students will have more face-to-face-interaction, he said, adding that parents are having a hard time staying home to look after their younger children during online classes.

“I would not leave my kindergarten kid at home alone, but I might leave my sophomore kid,” Deleon Guerrero said.

He added that younger children also “need more face-to-face, physical interaction.”

August 17: Launch of Online Remote Learning

MCS has informed parents that it will start the new school year on Aug. 17 with online remote learning for all grades.

“Anticipating that classrooms will be safe and ready by the end of August, we are targeting the launch of face-to-face learning for Monday, Aug. 31,” MCS stated.

“We will begin offering face-to-face learning with the lower grades and work our way up to high school as the ultraviolet units and plexiglass cubicles arrive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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