DepEd awaits go signal for use of schools as quarantine areas

March 20, 2020

FOLLOWING the proposal of the Department of Health (DOH) to use classroom as isolation rooms for coronavirus 19-(COVID-19) patients the Department of Education (DepEd) Officials said they are still waiting for the decision of the IATF and the Cabinet concerning the issue.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said, the Cabinet agreed on Thursday night that specific hospitals and specific health facilities will be identified to deal specifically with COVID-19 patients.

The matter of utilization of classrooms had been discussed earlier several times in the IATF.

The agreement was that any decisions concerning schools should be made in consultation with the DepEd  and in cooperation with DepEd officials on the ground under specific conditions.'

Earlier, DepEd disclosed that four public schools in three regions are currently being used as isolation areas and quarantine areas for suspected cases of (COVID-19)

In a COVID-19 Situation Report No. 47 as of March 17 issued by DepEd’s Bureau of Learner Support Services, there are “selected classrooms and school facilities” that are used as “isolation rooms” that are “strictly monitored.”

The data also showed four schools in Regions IV-A, IV-B, and CARAGA are being used as quarantine areas.

From March 10 to March 16, the latest DepEd COVID-19 situation report shows around 150 individuals, including teachers, non-teaching personnel of the department and learners are being monitored for possible cases of COVID-19.