The Palawan State University (PSU) is set to undergo a sanitation sweep of its facilities on March 16, with classes suspended for the purpose.
University president Dr. Ramon Docto said Friday the measure was arrived at during the meeting of their newly-formed risk management group and will be undertaken during the 1-week class suspension imposed by the City government.
“Nag-create tayo ng task force on disaster risk management ng school. Ang pinag-usapan ngayon sa Monday, ay hindi siya clean up kung hindi disinfection,” he said.
He said the activity will be conducted without involving university students.
“Walang kasamang estudyante kasi mag-suspend ng klase. Ang kasama dito ay mga utility workers natin to disinfect the campus, classroom. And the student government, they volunteered, kung sino lang ang gusto,” he said.
Docto added that one of the precautionary measures of the university against the spread of COVID-19 is making available some 20 thermal scanners at the main campus’ gates, the Manalo campus wherein kindergarten, elementary and school of law are located and those in external campuses or Colleges of Community Resources Development (CCRDs).
He said that the university has purchased thermal scanners that are expected to arrive and be used next week.
The university has also suspended all student activities that gather a large number of students, 20 or more.
“Ang isang tinitingnan din namin dito is to shift to blended virtual learning na kung pwede magkaroon na sa internet, gagamitin natin ang social media natin, technology para lesser ang contact. Isa yon sa mga plans natin. Depende sa sitwasyon natin kung ma-prolong pa,” he said.
Students are also advised to refrain from sharing unverified reports and misinformation about COVID-19 as students panic on what they post or share online.
Dr. Eva Jimenez, vice president for academic affairs, said that all faculty members, including regular and under a contract of service, would stay at home to do teachers’ tasks such as checking of papers and grade computations. Jimenez said that all the faculty who are also included in one-week suspension are also paid even they will do work at home.
The midterm examination will be continued during the resumption of classes after the one-week suspension.
“All the faculty members including the regular and the COS will stay at home to work so with all the students for one week. We still have one day left supposedly for the midterm exam to be tomorrow. But then because we will implement what has been release by the city, the midterm exam will be continued on the following week,” she said.
A skeletal force in a rotational scheme will be designated in the university during the one-week suspension of classes.