Face-to-face classes in colleges and universities in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) will be allowed, as long as minimum public health standards and guidelines by local government units and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) are “strictly complied with.”

In-person classes in all levels in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified ECQ and general community quarantine (GCQ) remain suspended, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases omnibus guidelines as of May 22.

Face-to-face classes for basic education may be allowed not earlier than Aug. 24, 2020 in GCQ areas, if assessment of community risk permits.

CHEd guidelines allow colleges under GCQ using full online education to open anytime, while those using flexible learning may open anytime in August 2020.

Colleges and universities using significant face-to-face modes cannot implement in-person learning until Aug. 31, 2020, but may open by Sept. 1, 2020.

Private colleges and universities are also encouraged to change their academic calendars and open in August. John Ezekiel J. Hirro