PSS to start blended learning

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Posted on Jan 25 2021

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Starting Feb. 2, the Public School System will be transitioning from remote learning to “blended learning”—a mix of in-person classes and online instruction. See Page 2 for more details

Saying this is a step closer to some normalcy for students, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred B. Ada said that blended learning is the safest way to have students on campus for now.

Under the blended learning set-up, students on some days will attend a class taught by a teacher in a traditional classroom setting. On other days, students will independently complete online or paper-based learning packet components of the course outside the classroom. With this learning mode, attendance of in-person classes is compulsory.

“In order to maintain appropriate social distancing in every classroom, schools have organized students into cohorts of up to half of the student population. Each cohort will be scheduled to report to school to attend in-person classes twice a week,” said a PSS statement.

All students attending in-person classes must have a mask on campus at all times. “Since students will be reporting to school, safety is of utmost important, and practicing hand sanitizing and social distancing will be enforced,” said PSS.

Schools will be reaching out to parents to inform them of their child’s school schedule.

Ada assures the community that all schools will ensure daily sanitizing of all classrooms and facilities, will enforce social distancing indoors and outdoors, temperature checks will be conducted and documented, face masks or face shields will be required at all times for students, staff and visitors, and classrooms will be retrofitted to meet safety measures.

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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