DAVAO CITY — An international Christian K-12 school in Davao City piloted face-to-face learning on Monday, November 29.
Alastair Walker, head of school of Faith International Academy (FIA) said 10 learners and three teachers from kindergarten to third grade attended the face-to-face class.
“We have ten learners and three teachers involved today, including one student that is still overseas (who joined over zoom) and is waiting to return,” Walker told the Manila Bulletin.
“We are really excited to be part of the pilot program. It is a wonderful opportunity for FIA to serve our local community. We look forward to helping other schools with the lessons that we learn through this process,” Walker added.
To minimize the risk of exposure of the students and teachers, Walker said since September they worked with the Department of Education and the barangay to comply with the guidelines set by the DepEd-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01, series of 2021.
“These guidelines address ways to minimize the risk of exposure, what to do if COVID-19 comes to the school, how to look after the well-being of learners and staff, and disinfection procedures,” he added.
The school also put up a disinfection routine for the campus and delegated an experienced nurse to oversee the health of the students.
FIA is a US-accredited school and is focused on Christian education. It has been operating in the city for almost 40 years.
“We are a US-accredited school that uses the US curriculum and expat teachers. Christ is part of everything we do. Although, the school consists of people of different faiths. We cater for local and expat kids, as well as diplomat families,” Walker said.
For this year, the school has 77 students and 23 teachers.
Meanwhile, five public schools in Davao City will conduct limited F2F classes in January next year.
The schools identified last September were the Dalagdag National High School, G. Tajo National High School, Saloy National High School, Victor Bernal Integrated School, and Gumitan Elementary School.
Mayor Sara Duterte said the schools were already inspected by the Department of Education in both the regional and the city levels.
However, Duterte said she requested the Assistant Regional Director of DepEd to postpone until January next year the holding of F2F classes in these schools.
“Ok na to sila, na-approve na to sila, but they will start January next year pa. I requested the Assistant Regional Director of DepEd kung pwede i-postpone until the classes next January ang face to face classes kay gamay na lang man ang nabilin nga adlaw karong tuiga (They were already approved but they will start in January next year. I requested the Assistant Regional Director of DepEd to postpone until January since we have a few more days left this year),” Duterte said.