The postponed face-to-face classes in three public schools in Zambales will push through on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.
“On the Zambales issue, ‘yung tatlong schools mag-resume ng opening bukas dahil cleared na ang mga teacher (the three schools will resume the opening tomorrow because the teachers have been cleared),” Education Secretary Leonor Briones confirmed in a virtual briefing on Nov. 16.
On Nov. 15, a total of 100 public schools were supposed to reopen as part of the pilot study of limited face-to-face classes. However, three schools in Zambales namely Banawen Elementary School, Baliwet ES and San Marcelino National High School deferred their school reopening.
In Baliwet ES and San Marcelino NHS, five teachers tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the antigen test a day before the pilot face-to-face classes started.
While no teacher tested positive in Banawen ES, the local government unit (LGU) and DepEd directed the teachers to retake the tests for the accuracy of the result.
The said teachers were asked to take confirmatory tests. Following the results of the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, Briones said that the teachers have been cleared already and that the face-to-face classes in these three schools will be allowed to start.
In Zambales, 10 schools have been chosen by DepEd and DOH to participate in the pilot run.
“Mag-open silang  lahat bukas, that makes 100 schools in total (All of them will be open tomorrow, that makes 100 schools in total [nationwide],” Briones explained.
Meanwhile, the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Zambales in Region 3 said that LGU, community collaboration were the very important in pilot face-to-face preparations.
SDO Zambales School District Superintendent Romeo Alip, in a statement issued earlier, shared that LGUs and IP communities of the ten participating schools are fully supportive of the pilot run.
San Marcelino National High School (NHS) Annex and Baliwet Elementary School (ES) in San Marcelino, Banawen ES in San Felipe, and Belbel ES, Burgos ES, Burgos ES, Maguisguis ES, Moraza ES, Nacolcol Integrated School (IS), Owaog Nebloc ES, and Palis IS were set to welcome back learners for limited face-to-face classes starting Nov. 15.