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Posted on Feb 05 2021

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Tanapag Middle School teachers feel easier with returning to campus for blended learning, now that roughly 40% of the teachers have already been vaccinated.

TMS principal Hilda Rios said some teachers were initially hesitant to return to school because of the pandemic, but now that roughly 40% of its teachers are vaccinated, they feel more comfortable.

When asked why only 40% of TMS teachers have been vaccinated, Rios said that it has been challenging for teachers to register because of the high demand.

In another interview with Gregorio T. Camacho principal Raena Camacho, she stated that it feels safe to be back in school. She added that she’s aware that PSS is working on getting almost all the Public School System’s staff vaccinated.

With parents feeling uneasy about their kids returning to school, Camacho said that they sent out a survey to see how families feel with blended learning.

“Majority of our families did indicate that they feel comfortable sending their kids back to school. I think that part of it is seeing private schools that have been implementing in-person learning, just seeing how things are going with that, and easing the anxiety of our parents,” said Camacho.

There were some parents who were uneasy about sending their child back to school. “We’re working with those families. We have our counselor here, so she’s working with them, and we’ve also requested for the support of our Student Support Service Department, so they’ve also been open and are offering assistance,” said Camacho.

As of Feb. 2, Camacho said there are a total of five families who have expressed unease about sending their children back.

When asked what TMS is doing for the youth to ensure that their mental health is okay, Rios said that their teachers make sure to check on the students in the morning and assessing their body language.

“It’s good now because we can really see them visually, we get to read their bodies’ gestures and see if they’re affected one way or the other. All my teachers in the morning, they have a great way of just trying to get everybody to relax,” said Rios.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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