Face-to-face classes in colleges and universities may be expanded in areas under Alert Level 1, Malacañang said Friday as it laid out the COVID-19 protocols that must be observed.
Under Alert Level 1, classrooms may be filled at full capacity but only fully vaccinated individuals should be allowed inside campuses based on the latest resolution of the inter-agency task force on COVID-19 reponse.
Here are the rules that higher education institutions or HEIs need to follow for the conduct of face-to-face classes under Alert Level 1:
1. Universities and colleges need to meet all the requirements in the self-assessment checklist provided by the Commission on Higher Education.
2. HEIs have the discretion to choose the learning modalities that they will employ as long as students have continuity of learning under any of the modalities.
3. Only fully vaccinated teaching, non-teaching personnel, and students will be allowed inside campus premises.
4. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students will continue to use flexible learning modalities.
5. Classrooms can be used at 100% seating capacity.
6. There are no restrictions for student dormitories operations, but HEIs need to coordinate with the local government unit first before reopening these.
7. HEIs should ensure that students are registered with PhilHealth or have equivalent medical insurance covering medical expenses related to COVID-19.
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