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Full F2F classes ‘smooth-sailing’ in Ilocos Norte – DepEd

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte (PIA) – A total of 93,864 public and private school students in the province of Ilocos Norte, successfully came back to school with the implementation of full face-to-face classes, according to the Department of Education-Schools Division Office of Ilocos Norte (DepEd-SDOIN).
In an interview with Valerie Talamayan, senior education program specialist and division information officer-designate of SDOIN, said that they have observed the safe and smooth flow of the return of students and teachers to school.
“Kami po sa Division Office ay patuloy na bumibisita sa mga paaralan dito para ma-obserbahan ang implementation ng face-to-face classes. So far, masasabi natin na smooth-sailing at masayang-masaya ang mga mag-aaral at magulang na sila ay nakabalik na sa kahit papaano ay normal na klase,” she said.
DepEd SDOIN’s data shows that there are 87,239 enrollees in public schools while 6,624 are enrollees in private schools in the province.
Talamayan also assured that the minimum health and safety protocols are strictly being followed inside school grounds and students are continuously reminded to wear their face mask both inside and outside their classrooms.

Students sit in class during the opening of classes in Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS). (EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)
Parents flock the gate of Laoag City Central Elementary School (LCES) to pick up their children during the first day of face-to-face classes. (EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)

According to Talamayan, they also conducted psychosocial support activities for the students to allow them to adjust to being back to school after two years of blended learning.
“Sa first week ng kanilang pagbabalik klase, hindi full na klase ang ginawa, kundi nag-conduct ang mga guro ng mga psychosocial support activities to give time sa ating mga students na maka-adjust sa pagbabalik nila sa klase. We recognize na may mga students na hindi na talaga sanay sa face-to-face, lalo na ‘yong mga nasa lower grades sa elementary level, and by conducting orientation sessions for our students para ma-refresh sila sa mga gagawin sa paaralan at para na rin hindi sila mabigla kapag sinabak na natin sila agad sa klase,” she said.
Teachers were also given refresher training before the opening of classes to prepare them for face-to-face classes. (JCR/AMB/EJFG/PIA Ilocos Norte)

Ms. Valerie Talamayan, senior education program specialist of DepEd-Schools Division Office of Ilocos Norte (SDOIN), serves as guest for the PIA Ilocos Norte weekly radio program, "Danggay iti Panagdur-as" to discuss updates on the implementation of full face-toface classes in the province. (EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)

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