UA conducted first week of dry run for limited face-to-face classes
University of Antique successfully wrapped up its first week of dry run for limited face-to-face classes with four colleges namely College of Maritime Studies (CMS), College of Business and Accountancy (CBA), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA). The two-week dry run started on February 14 after almost two years of online blended learning.
“We believe that we could deliver the kind of education that we are supposed to deliver to you if we pair online classes with face to face instruction,” Dr. Pablo S. Crespo, Jr., university president said on his short orientation after the flag raising ceremony.
Dr. Crespo added that UA is perhaps the first among State Universities and Colleges (SUC) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country to have synchronous limited face-to-face classes in all programs after the announcement of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that it may begin at the end of January.
The resumption of face to face classes was made possible after UA passed the ocular inspection conducted by Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Sibalom, Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Local Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) last month.
The university built a Triage and Isolation Facility for patients experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 infection, school facilities were retrofitted, plastic barriers were installed, and alcohol/wash areas are made available on school premises.
To ensure that the IATF protocols are observed, reminders and signages were posted on strategic places to maintain physical distancing and continually remind students of the existing guidelines. The students of every section were divided into Set A and Set B to adhere to the 50% indoor venue capacity.
Moreover, the University Health Services Unit conducted room-to-room inspection and advised students to follow the safety health regulations.
UA is now on its second week of limited face-to-face dry run with College of Teacher Education (CTE), Laboratory High School (LHS), College of Technology (COT) and College of Computer Studies. Regular limited face-to-face classes will commence on February 28, 2022. / IAP