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Delikado pa! Treñas wants classes reopen in 2021

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The opening of schools in Iloilo City should be postponed “until next year,” Mayor Jerry Treñas urged Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

August this year is still not a good time to resume classes, said Treñas.

Department of Education Order No. 007 series of 2020 issued by Briones on May 1 set the opening of school year 2020-2021 this August 24 for both public and private schools at the basic education level. (https://bit.ly/3d02oRw)

“The city government respectfully expresses its reservation that the opening of classes on the said date may limit the effectiveness of the measures… to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic,” his letter to Briones dated May 22 read.

He reminded the secretary that there’s still no available vaccine that can cure Covid-19.

“This lack of vaccine may unduly expose children, who are among the vulnerable persons, to the Covid-19 virus,” the city mayor warned.

Early this week, Treñas said he wouldn’t actively encourage students to go to school at this time.

He would leave it to the parents to decide on the matter. “We know the virus is still there, and the possibility of its transmission remains great if there is no physical distancing.”