Half of public school classrooms in Metro Manila to be used as quarantine facilities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) -- Half of the classrooms in all public schools in Metro Manila will be converted to quarantine facilities as distance learning is implemented by the education department this school year, the Palace said Wednesday.

“The Palace confirms that 50% of public-school classrooms in the National Capital Region will be used as temporary quarantine facilities as negotiated and agreed by both the Department of Health and Department of Education,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The government plans to track at least 10 people that had close contact with a COVID-19 patient. They would then be brought to these converted school facilities which would remain open until December 31.

Based on data from DepEd, there are 516 public elementary schools and 456 public junior and senior high schools in Metro Manila.

Face-to-face classes are prohibited this school year due to the ongoing pandemic. Classes in public schools begin on August 24 through a mix of online distance learning, use of modules, as well as radio and television.

“Resumption of face-to-face classes is set in January 2021, if and when a vaccine and/or medicinal drug is expected to be produced,” Roque said.