Manila ready to curb the spread of Covid

The Manila city government has said it is ready to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among students when face-to-face classes resume.

Manila Mayor Maria Sheila “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan announced that the city government has made additional preparations by setting up isolation rooms for students showing symptoms of Covid-19.

The city’s public schools also have their own frontline officers and security guards tasked with patrolling before, during, and after class to ensure basic health protocols are followed, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distance.

“We have isolation rooms, medical frontliners and we will have a vaccination team in case anyone wants to get vaccinated while they are here,” Lacuna-Pangan said.

She said that with a maximum of 35 students per class, learners should practice physical distancing during their face-to-face schedule at school, with some schools practicing one day of online lessons and four days of physical attendance.

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The mayor reiterated that students are required to have their meals or snacks with them before entering the school to prevent them from leaving the school grounds.

In addition to clean classrooms and washing areas, students will also receive school supplies and hygiene kits.

To ensure that the start of face-to-face classes in the city will go smoothly, Lacuna-Pangan has toured several schools with high student populations.

At Bacood Elementary School and Araullo High School, she encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated as extra protection.

The number of students who actually attended the first day of face-to-face classes was lower than expected. It was earlier reported that around 285,000 students in the city were enrolled in public schools and 105,000 in private schools.

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