Fil-Chinese school in QC makes face mask mandatory

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Several schools across Metro Manila declared class suspension since last week amid novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) scare.

The Philippines remains free of 2019-nCov but observing 26 suspected cases as of Wednesday (January 29).

This, after one of the persons under investigation (OUI) of 2019-nCoV, died of pneumonia at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

A Chinese school in Quezon City has ordered the mandatory wearing of face mask within its premises.

Pace Academy is requiring each student to bring two to three face masks a day and advises them to replace the used one every four hours.

Parents and guardians also need to wear mask every time they enter the school premises.

Anyone who enters the school gate needs to go through a temperature check to make sure no one with flu-like symptoms enters the school grounds.

Teachers support the measure as they believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’ given that the current strain of nCoV still has no confirmed treatment or cure yet.

“We suspended classes yesterday in order for the students to prepare (what we require them to bring) like facemask in order to prevent the spread of the virus in case there is,” explained Teacher Kae Tugade.

The school management also obliged all staff who had recent trips to China to secure a medical certificate first clearing them of any infection or disease before they report back to work.

Almost 600 Filipino-Chinese students are enrolled at Pace Academy.

Parents and guardians couldn’t agree more with the school’s new policy.

“Ang immune system nila ay mas low compared sa adults kaya mas double protection na rin sa kanila (Their immune system is weaker than the adults so they need double the protection),” noted Aimee See whose child is enrolled in the said school.

Based on the record of the Association of Filipino-Chinese Schools, there are more than 100 Filipino-Chinese schools across the Philippines. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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