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IN PHOTOS: Start of face-to-face classes in select Metro Manila schools

Bonz Magsambol
IN PHOTOS: Start of face-to-face classes in select Metro Manila schools

TEMPERATURE CHECK. Students of St. Mary Elementary School in Nangka, Marikina City, are asked to follow health protocols before being allowed to enter their classrooms during the start of face-to-face classes on December 6, 2021.

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Twenty-eight public schools in Metro Manila start limited face-to-face classes for a pilot run. In Cavite, 2 schools did so. Check some scenes here.

After nearly two years of closure due to the pandemic, 28 public schools in infections hot spot Metro Manila started limited face-to-face classes on Monday, December 6.

These schools joined the over 100 public and private schools in the provinces that started in-person classes in November for a pilot run that would end in January 2022.

At a press briefing aired on state-run PTV4 on Monday, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that the Department of Education (DepEd) had not received any “adverse report” on the start of classes, describing the implementation as “smooth.”

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 for COVID-19. Limited face-to-face classes under this alert level are allowed but subject to DepEd approval. (READ: Will Metro Manila schools be allowed to hold limited face-to-face classes?)

President Rodrigo Duterte recently allowed DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) to identify more schools to join the pilot run.

The DepEd has identified more schools outside Metro Manila, but it has yet to give specific details on when they would resume face-to-face classes.

In Cavite, at least, the cities of Imus and Tagaytay held opened face-to-face classes in one public school each on Monday.

IN-PERSON CLASSES. Governor DM Camerino Integrated School in Imus, Cavite starts holding limited face-to-face classes on Monday, December 6 for Kinder and Grades 1 to 3.

The select schools for the initial pilot run are in areas deemed “low-risk” for COVID-19 by the DOH, which are mostly remote areas. There are about 48,000 public schools in the country.

Below are some scenes from the school opening in Metro Manila and Cavite on Monday.

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TEMPERATURE CHECK. Students of St. Mary Elementary School in Nangka, Marikina City are asked to follow health protocols before being allowed to enter their classrooms during the start of face-to-face classes on Monday, December 6.

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PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Students of St. Mary Elementary School in Nangka, Marikina City are standing 1-meter apart during the start of limited face-to-face classes on Monday, December 6.

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BACK TO SCHOOL. Sixty students from Kinder to Grade 3 attend the pilot run of face-to-face classes at Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School in Manila on Monday, December 6.
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FACE SHIELDS ON. Students are seen wearing face shields during the pilot run of face-to-face classes at Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School in Manila on Monday, December 6.

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FIRST DAY. Plastic barriers are seen in every student’s desk at Pedro Cruz Elementary School in San Juan City during the start of the limited face-to-face classes on Monday, December 6.

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COVID-19 TESTING. A student undergoes COVID-19 testing as part of health protocols in Payatas B Annex Elementary School in Quezon City during the start of limited face-to-face classes on Monday, December 6.

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Students and school officials undergo antigen swab test and standard health protocols were enforced during the start of the pilot face-to-face classes in Payatas B Annex Elementary School in Quezon City on Monday, December 6.

Rappler also visited Pasig Central Elementary School to cover the first day of in-person classes. Watch the short school tour below.

WATCH: Tour of a Pasig City school for pilot run of face-to-face classes in PH

WATCH: Tour of a Pasig City school for pilot run of face-to-face classes in PH

– with a report from Dennis Abrina in Cavite/Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.