The student who tested positive for the virus had attended an orientation for students enrolled in a second degree last August 29, 2020. The student is an employee of the local government unit of the city of Cauayan and taking professional education courses in Isabela Colleges, according to CHED.
But according to CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III, “The CHED Advisories have consistently advised HEIs to refrain from conducting face-to-face or in-person classes or mass gatherings in their campuses,” reports Rappler.
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"The CHED has not issued any policy to allow face-to-face classes and the IATF clearly states that limited face-to-face classes in low-risk MGCQ areas must comply with CHED guidelines," De Vera added.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Isabela Colleges clarified that the orientation it conducted on August 29 was also the day the instructor distributed learning modules.
The college also said that the student is an employee is an employee of a Rural Health Unit and a frontliner.
“She is already identified as PUI (person under investigation) and scheduled for swab testing and yet she still attended the said orientation and distribution of modules,” the statement read.
Following the show cause order, Isabela Colleges was given 10 days to explain why no sanctions have been imposed on its officials after failing to comply with CHED’s advisories. The school is also now temporarily closed, according to a staff of the Cauayan City government.
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