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BOE: Some public schools not yet ready to open on Oct. 5

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SOME public schools are not ready to open on Oct. 5, Board of Education vice chairman Herman Atalig said during a BOE meeting on Tuesday.

Atalig, who is also the chairman of the board’s committee on capital improvement projects, said he had visited public schools and some of them are not in compliance with the government’s Covid-19 safety measures.

“One of the biggest [rules] is the [six-foot] distance for social distancing,” he added.

For the new school year, the Public School System will implement a hybrid/remote learning system. Some schools will open to allow selected students to receive in-person instruction.

“It is our job to ensure that our students are safe,” Atalig said.

BOE member Andrew Orsini recommended delaying the opening of schools that are not yet ready. “Other schools can open if they are ready,” he added.

BOE member Philip Mendiola-Long reiterated his request to PSS to come up with monitoring thresholds or data-specific points that school administrators can use when opening schools.

“I don’t think the board was given a clear picture of what those metrics are or what we are supposed to be following in order to do the opening or the closing, or to go back to hybrid or 100% online,” Mendiola-Long said.

He added that setting thresholds would guide PSS when deciding what schools could open or remain closed.

Last week, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force  inspected Koblerville Elementary School, Garapan Elementary School and Dandan Middle School, but has yet to announce if any of them can open for the new school year.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said he would meet with school principals on Thursday to gauge their schools’ level of readiness.

“Some schools have already been through the inspection and passed,” he added.

Ada said the inspection is a tedious process because besides the task force, the Bureau of Environmental Health and Department of Public Works are also involved, and all the agencies must agree that a school is a safe place and has met the safety requirements.

BOE private school representative and Mount Carmel School president Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero said  “no school will be 100% completely ready, but we need to do everything we can to comply with the [safety requirements] and mitigation efforts…. There’s no way anyone can be 100% [ready], but you can be ready to learn or ready to grow if you give yourself that space.”

He noted that Mount Carmel School is now in its fourth week of face-to-face instruction, and “we continue to adapt and we continue to change things to try to improve what we are doing.”

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