PSS continues with hybrid learning

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Posted on Sep 16 2020

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Despite a plea of one parent that was read by an Oleai Kindergarten teacher at a Board of Education meeting that urged the Public School System to give parents a choice between sending their child to school or doing remote learning, PSS senior director Yvonne Pangelinan assured that the implementation of hybrid learning—a mix of face-to-face and online learning—is still a go come October.

During the BOE special meeting last Sept. 11, Pangelinan also stated that the hybrid learning matrix is in line with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ executive order. Though the Community Vulnerability Level right now is at Level Blue, which is just a step away from the safest level of Green, Pangelinan pointed out that there are still restrictions that are still in effect. She added that PSS can’t blindly bring all the students back to school.

Pangelinan assured that PSS will slowly bring back students for face-to-face instruction but in small groups. Additionally, she affirmed that teachers are still making adjustments to their classrooms to ensure that safety precautions and other measures are in place.

PSS is still going full force with school nurses, especially at a time when public health is crucial. These nurses will help monitor the health of students and teachers. Pangelinan said that it’s extremely important to monitor because they need to know if all safety measures that are put in place are working.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada stated that school principals and himself will feel more comfortable opening up schools once there is a vaccine available, adding that it is not yet safe to open campuses for face-to-face instruction.

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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