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Colleges, Universities now allowed to conduct face-to-face classes in Alert Level 1 areas

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The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has allowed higher educational institutions to hold face-to-face classes using 100% of the classrooms’ capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Alert Level 1 areas, the Malacañang said Friday. 

According to acting deputy presidential spokesperson Kristian Ablan, this is based on the most recent guidelines approved by the IATF under Resolution No. 164.

“On classroom capacity, the allowable seating capacity in classrooms of HEIs in areas under Alert Level 1 is at a maximum of 100% capacity,” Ablan said in a Palace briefing, quoting the IATF resolution.

The IATF, on the other hand, maintained that participants in in-person classes are still limited to teaching, non-teaching personnel, and students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students in Alert Level 1 areas will continue to be taught using flexible learning methods or online classes.

Concerning the operations of the HEI student dormitories, the IATF stated that there will be no restrictions on their operational capacity as long as the HEI obtains clearance from their respective Local Government Unit.

Concerning the requirement for HEIs to take the self-assessment checklist as per CHED-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular No. 004-2021 before operations in Alert Level 1 areas, the IATF stated that they should operate under self-re-opening.

Similarly, HEIs can continue to receive technical assistance from their respective local governments, the local IATF, CHED Regional Offices, and/or the Commission on Higher Education Experts Group.

The IATF also gave HEIs the freedom to choose which learning modalities to implement, as long as there is continuity of learning under any flexible learning modality, subject to any conditions that the HEIs may impose.

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