The Department of Education (DepEd) MIMAROPA gave Palawan National School (PNS) a score of 4.67, which is equivalent to “very much ready,” in its bid to start offering limited face-to-face classes. 

Personnel from the DepEd Regional Office announced the results of the assessment of 16 Puerto Princesa public and private schools during the Regional Monitoring of School Readiness for the Expanded Implementation of Limited Face-to-Face Classes Exit Conference at PNS Gymnasium, March 16. 

PNS garnered a “Very Much Ready” descriptive rating in respective domains based on the School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) used by a composite team of validators: Managing School Operations (4.83); Focusing on Teaching and Learning (4.39); Well-being and Protection (4.69); and Home-School Coordination (4.67). 

With such rating, the school has earned the eligibility to implement limited in-person learning delivery modality to its programs such as Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) – Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strand, Special Education (SPED), Special Program in the Arts (SPA), Special Program in Sports (SPS), Science, Technology, and Engineering (STE), and Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL). 

In an interview, Dr. Eduardo G. Santos, principal of Palawan National School, mentioned the school’s plan of action such as lodging the concerns to the stakeholders with respect to careful preparations that PNS has been doing. 

“We consulted our stakeholders. We did all the necessary preparations for the face-to-face modality based on guidelines set by the DepEd. Ang teachers at students natin got their vaccines na rin. Based on those indicators and my initial assessment, we are ready to reopen.” said Dr. Eduardo G. Santos, PNS principal. 

The school administration has also mulled on ways to deal with foreseen challenges and adjustments that may come as the school opens for in-person attendance. 

“It’s really a big adjustment on the part of teachers who will handle limited F2F classes and of course on the part of the school admin because [that is] additional burden. To implement effectively, particularly the protocols means additional cost or expenses. But that’s part of the game.” Principal Santos expressed. 

The DepEd Regional Office’s assessment on schools’ readiness for in-person classes is part of the government’s move to conduct progressive expansion of face-to-face classes for both public and private schools in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo courtesy: JC Descargar


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