Friday, January 28

UST moves opening of classes for the 2nd term as COVID cases surge

by MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM

THE UNIVERSITY moved the opening of classes for the second term from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25 after the country saw a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.

Office work and classes were also suspended from Jan. 10 to 15 to allow the staff and students “to focus on their health, wellness, and other personal needs and those of their families,” UST Secretary General Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. said in a memorandum issued Saturday.

Special term classes were also moved from June 6 to June 13.

A memorandum released by the Office of the Secretary General on the suspension of work and classes on Jan. 10-15, and the revision of the academic calendar for the second term of AY 2021-2022 and special term 2022.

The revised schedule for the remaining term, including the schedule of major examinations, would be released “shortly,” Coronel added.

The University administrator reminded the Thomasian community to frequently update their health declaration form in the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support.

“Through this, the University will have an accurate picture of the health status of the Thomasian community, render the needed support services, and use the data in decision making,” Coronel said.

“We encourage everyone to utilize the available online spiritual, medical, and psychological services of the University to help us get through these difficult times,” he added.

Metro Manila was placed back to Alert Level 3, a stricter community quarantine classification, from Jan. 3 to 15 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The health department logged 26,458 new cases on Jan. 8, raising the number of active cases in the country to 102,017. F

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