CNMI prepares for reopening of schools; ‘hybrid’ model eyed

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

CNMI Public School System officials met with the members of the House Committee on Education on Tuesday to discuss the reopening of schools.

Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said PSS was “caught off-guard” by the emergency directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, he said, one of the PSS priorities is to keep the schools safe.

Ada told lawmakers that in reopening the schools, PSS will make sure that there are iPads for every student, adding that the school was halfway to achieving this goal.

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Associate Commissioner for Student Support Bonnie Pangelinan said PSS is also preparing to conduct online classes depending on the COVID-19 threat level.

She said PSS may have a “hybrid” school reopening, meaning half of the student body will be attending classes online, and the other half will be attending classes on campus with safety measures in place.

She added that PSS will make sure that “safety is paramount on the campuses not just for students, faculty and staff, but also for the entire community,”