The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said zero Covid-19 cases were detected among participants of face-to-face (F2F) classes so far.

In a press briefing, DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said the department’s field offices reported zero Covid-19 cases among students and teaching and non-teaching staff.

“Sa ngayon po, after verifying with our field offices, wala pa po tayong reported na nagkaroon ng Covid from the start of the classes, pati na rin sa ating teaching and non-teaching staff,” Pao said.

Public school classes opened on Aug. 22.

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.

The DepEd is allowing unvaccinated individuals to participate in the F2F classes. John Ezekiel J. Hirro