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PSS chief: Student safety first

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BECAUSE the No. 1 priority of the Public School System is the safety of its students, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada is urging everyone to give remote learning a chance in the new school year.

In an interview, he also noted that a recent PSS survey showed that 94.7% of parents said their children can log on to online class sessions.

The survey findings presented by Public School System-Instructional Technology and Distance Education Director Bobby Cruz also indicated that 41.7% of 1,174 parents surveyed said they are uncomfortable about their children going back to school compared to 26.1% who said they are comfortable.

Ada said he believes that students and their parents will get used to remote learning as soon as they familiarize themselves with  Blackboard Classroom, the platform used for online classes.

“We’re excited about remote learning. The students are more tech savvy than their parents,” he added.

Right now, he said, PSS is collecting data on attendance and the level of engagement of the students attending online classes.

Teachers and school staff, for their part, are going “above and beyond” in reaching out to families to help their children attend online classes.

PSS teachers and other school staff have been “conducting home visits to make sure that the children are getting the education they need,” Ada said.

“Given that [remote learning] has  been going for two or three weeks now, the students are [already] engaged,” he said.

As for the early childhood program, Ada said PSS is aware that younger children need human connection to reinforce their learning. “We will approach this issue methodically,” he added.

PSS is now looking at the possibility of combining remote and face-to-face classes at least for the younger students, Ada said.

“If half of the class, for example, were in the classroom on Tuesday and Thursday, the other half will be attending online classes. And those who went online will be in the classrooms on Wednesday and Friday, and the other half will be online,” he added.

Ada said once the CNMI government announces that the Community Vulnerability Level is Green, which is the safest in the community vulnerability chart, “then hopefully students can attend their classes face to face.”

He said PSS has already retrofitted its classrooms. “We are going to do things slowly and smartly,” he added.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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