UST to expand limited F2F classes as Metro Manila eases to Alert Level 1

UST Main Building. Photo by Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa/ THE FLAME

THE UNIVERSITY would continue expanding limited in-person classes to other programs as Metro Manila is downgraded to the most lenient Alert Level 1, the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) said Tuesday.

In a memorandum, the OSG enumerated the adjustments on onsite work and learning arrangements, institutional health protocols, and retrofitting of facilities effective March 1.

“The expansion of LF2F (limited face-to-face) classes to more programs shall continue subject to the approval of the University Crisis Management Committee (UCMC),” UST Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. said in the memorandum.

The country’s pandemic task force placed Metro Manila and 38 other areas under the lowest quarantine classification from March 1-15. Under the classification, schools may operate at full venue capacity.

The internship, practicum, and fieldwork preparations would also continue following the requirements and policies of the government and the University, Coronel said.

“Preparations for off-campus activities, particularly internships, practicum, and fieldwork, in compliance with the requirements of government regulatory agencies and consistent with institutional policies, shall likewise commence,” he added.

For work arrangements, a gradual transition from work from home to hybrid work to full onsite work is “encouraged” as the pandemic situation improves.

The Facilities Management Office, together with the University’s academic, administrative, and research units, will continue the retrofitting of facilities.

The ‘No Vax Card, No Entry’ policy on the campus will be maintained, while fully-vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to get their booster shots for added protection.

Thomasians are required to comply with the institutional health protocols, like wearing face masks when on campus, the OSG said.

Students preparing to join limited face-to-face classes with international or local travel history must undergo seven-day quarantine. F

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