On Tuesday, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced that limited face-to-face classes for all degree programs at higher education institutions (HEIs) in Alert level 3 locations will begin on January 31.
Furthermore, CHED noted that HEIs in Alert Level 2 areas may start limited in-person classes at any moment.
The commission stated that “application to CHED is not a requirement for the conduct of the limited face-to-face classes.”
According to CHED, HEIs that seek to implement such “must be willing to accept the responsibility for the reopening of their campuses,” which include following health rules, adapting facilities, and obtaining stakeholder permission.
“Institutions must also notify their regional CHED office by submitting an accomplished self-assessment checklist and notarized affidavit of undertaking prior the start date of their limited face-to-face classes,” CHED added.
If there is a clustering of COVID-19 cases, the HEI’s Crisis Management Committee, in collaboration with the local COVID-19 task force, will decide to suspend the limited face-to-face classes.
Colleges and universities on Alert Level 2 started limited in-person classes in December 2021.
CHED currently allows only fully vaccinated students and professionals to participate in limited in-person classes. Flexible learning will continue to be used for the unvaccinated.
CHED said that as of December 29, 87.1 percent of HEI teachers and staff, and 59.7 percent of students, had received coronavirus vaccinations.