by KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN
THE OFFICE of the Secretary-General (OSG) has formally released the University’s guidelines and preparations on the expansion of limited face-to-face classes (LF2F) to programs other than medical and health allied.
In a memorandum dated Nov. 24 signed by Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., the OSG said expanding the LF2F classes to other programs would be done “slowly and progressively” in observance of the health and safety protocols on the campus.
“Enriched Virtual Mode of instruction (EVM) shall continue to be the primary mode of instructional delivery for all programs. LF2F shall only be considered for learning competencies or learning outcomes that cannot be effectively achieved using EVM,” the memorandum read.
Additional programs that intend to conduct LF2F classes for the second semester of the academic year 2021-2022 onwards must obtain endorsement from the University Crisis Management Committee (UCMC), and the approval of the local government unit and concerned government agencies.
“Proposals for LF2F for additional programs, year levels, and courses shall require the evaluation and endorsement of the University Crisis Management Committee (UCMC), and subsequent approval of the local government unit (LGU), CHEd or DepEd as appropriate, prior to implementation,”
Participants of the LF2F classes must be fully vaccinated, as part of the health and safety protocols, the OSG said. The office also urged Thomasians to update their vaccination records in the Thomasian Medical Support and Services portal.
The support services and office transactions would still be conducted online, while off-campus and extra-curricular activities would remain postponed, it added.
The Flame earlier reported that the University may apply for the limited in-person classes for the rest of the degree programs before December, upon the approval by the UCMC of the proposals of the academic units. F