by MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM
THE SUSPENSION of classes and office work has been extended until April 11 due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the University announced Monday afternoon.
The suspension was made to allow the stakeholders “to focus on their health and family concerns” as the COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the advisory read.
The University of Santo Tomas Faculty Union (USTFU) urged the UST administration to declare an academic freeze until Sunday in line with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) within Metro Manila and nearby provinces (NCR Plus bubble).
The said academic freeze would enable the students and faculty members to adjust to the extended ECQ and give them the “much-needed mental and emotional relief from the stress and anxiety” brought b...
by JHONA R. VITOR
SYNCHRONOUS CLASSES from Sept. 25 to 30 have been suspended to consider the physical and mental challenges that Artlets confront in the “new normal” way of learning, and the possible intermittent connection within the six-day suspension.
The memorandum released on Thursday stated that only “minimal” asynchronous activities will be given and the deadlines already scheduled from Sept. 25 to 30 may be extended until the following week.
Artlets will also be provided “recorded lectures and [...] asynchronous engagements where they can access and complete at their own pace within the said period and the week thereafter,” the memorandum said.
It added that the academic and support staff and career counselors of Artlets are ready to accommodate everyone.
By KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS MOISES
President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.
During an address to the nation on Thursday night, Duterte announced the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prolong the suspension of classes in Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 rose to 52.
A month-long suspension of classes was adopted as part of the stringent social distancing measures in the National Capital Region.
The task force also said that learners should still comply with their educational requirements and ordered local government units to ensure that stu...