3 cities report zero Covid-19 case in public schools

ALL public schools in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue have not logged any coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case since the start of the school year last August, local education officials said.

Rhea Mar Angtud, the Cebu City Schools Division superintendent, told SunStar Cebu on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, that they have not received reports of students testing positive for Covid-19 since August.

Angtud attributed this to the coordinated efforts of teachers, students and parents, among other partners, in making well-planned contingency measures to ensure the students’ health and safety in schools.

As of Oct. 17, the Department of Education (DepEd) 7 recorded 180,999 students enrolled in public schools and 58,910 students enrolled in private schools in Cebu City.

DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez earlier said that among the measures they instructed the schools to implement was to secure handwashing areas and to make sure alcohol, face masks and other sanitation equipment were available for students.

Jimenez also said children who developed Covid-like symptoms, such as fever, cough and colds, were advised not to attend school. The parents or any adult representative could just go to the school if their children were absent for more than a day to ask for activity sheets and modules to ensure they would not be behind in their lessons.

He also reiterated that students would not be require to present a medical certificate when they return to school as he trusted parents not to lie about their children’s illness or take advantage of the opportunity.

Lapu-Lapu City’s public schools also did not report any Covid case involving students.

“So far we have no report of students infected with Covid... our medical personnel are regularly monitoring our students,” said DepEd Lapu-Lapu City Schools Division Superintendent Wilfreda Bongalos.

Bongalos said students experiencing Covid-like symptoms have been instructed not to attend classes and their parents or guardians only need to inform the teachers about their absence.

DepEd Mandaue City Schools Division Superintendent Nimfa Bongo said her office also did not record any Covid-19 case among public school students in the city.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the Department of Health announced that 3,939 school-aged children nationwide had been infected with Covid-19 from Sept. 1 to Nov. 3.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeiri, however, said all recorded cases were mild infections among adolescents aged 12 to 17.

“We have not registered any severe cases nor any deaths among students because of Covid-19,” said Vergeire.

She said this is the reason they continue to support the holding of face-to-face classes in public and private schools.

“It shouldn’t be a hindrance to continue the full implementation of face-to-face classes,” she said. (HIC, MKG)