President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. reminded teachers and students to adhere to the country’s public health standards as they returned to face-to-face (F2F) schooling on Monday.

In a statement, the president affirmed his support for the resumption of F2F classes.

“It has always been my belief that learning will be more effective inside classrooms where students fully interact with their teachers and fellow students,” he said.

“Since the threat of Covid-19 is still in our midst, it is important that our teachers and students continue to observe the minimum health protocols to ensure that they remain healthy while learning new things,” he added.

The government has also allowed schools under Alert Level 1 to relax social distancing requirements for the upcoming school year.

The DepEd has given schools until Oct. 31, 2022 to prepare for a transition to a schedule that contains five days of F2F classes.

Starting Nov. 2, 2022, all public and private schools shall have transitioned to having five days of in-person classes per week. John Ezekiel J. Hirro