Midway Ushers Safe Return of Students in Its Face-To-Face…

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          Pursuant to the CHED-DOH memorandum No. 2021-004 which allows the educational institutions under level 1 to conduct a limited face-to-face class, and in compliance with IATF No.148-G dated 16, November 2021, the Academic Department hereby issued a memorandum stipulating the institution’s advisory, policies, and guidelines in response to the pandemic.

          As the national policies amend the long restrictions of on-campus classes, Midway embarks into materializing the Phase II of the institution’s learning continuity plan- Blended Learning, provided that the students and the workforce are fully vaccinated and are strictly observing the minimum health protocols against COVID-19.

          In preparation for the opening of the campus to the limited face to face class set on July 25, 2022, Midway workforce conducted a closed session regarding the learning continuity plan-phase II, ensuring that no single detail will be left undiscussed.

          The Academic Director, Dr. Richard L. Oandasan, tasked the class advisers to conduct a comprehensive orientation with their students, ensuring that the content of the Midway Leaning Continuity Plan is disseminated in detail. Along with this, advisers were also reminded to strictly monitor the implementation of the blended learning guidelines and policies.

Photo courtesy from: www.facebook.com/MidwaySCOfficial

Photo courtesy from: www.facebook.com/MidwaySCOfficial

          “Déjà vu!” Students screamed in response to the institutional announcement stating that Midway Colleges Inc. (MCI) has been approved to conduct Limited On-Campus classes.

          “Masaya pong makabalik sa school, na-immerse po kami sa mga machine at situation, kasi ngayon po may nahahawakan na kaming mga equipments.” Cadet Janoahren L. Noble (MTNM7A1) said when Ms. Celindro, a language instructor, asked him about his thoughts regarding the implementation of the limited face-to-face class.

          The same question was asked to Cadet John Kenneth S. Olaes (MTNM7A1), and he responded, “Nakakamiss po ang Face-to-Face class, kasi ngayon po, masaya po na nakabonding ulit namin yung mga kaklase namin, naramdaman po namin ulit yung pag-aalala at pakikisama nung adviser namin na parang tatay na po namin.”

          Students cannot fathom the bliss they feel as they once again wear their uniforms, combat the sleepiness at 0600H to take a cold bath, catch the earliest jeepney trip, and learn in-person with their classmates and instructors.

          “We survived the online class, Ma’am! nakabalik na po kami sa normal!” Cadet Juan S. Garde (MELL6B1) said in delight.

          “Mababait po ang mga instructors, inaalalayan po nila kami at hindi po sila napapagod na i-assisst at i-guide kami para mas maisagawa po namin ng tama yung mga activies.” Cadet Charles Rayveen G. Sana (MTNM7A1) also added.

          On the other hand, the outset of this limited face-to-face class does not only seem beneficial for the students but also for instructors.

          “Para sa akin, mas maganda talaga pag face-to-face dahil nakikita ng personal yung output ng mga students and at the same time mas mabilis ang pakikipag communicate sa kanila” said 3/E Abraham Duque.

          Furthermore, 3/E Christian Caballero, also added that this limited face-to-face class allows him to help students enhance their skills through laboratory tasks, which cannot be done effectively via the virtual class. “Iba yung quality ng instruction kapag ganyan na nakikita mo sila, kasi when they are here physically, they can reach out to you easily, and you can respond to them right away as well. Mas enjoy ang mga bata ngayon at mas focus kasi na-feel nila sa simulation yung talagang expected na gagawin ni sa barko kapag andon na sila.” 3/E Caballero said.

          The excitement and eagerness of the students are too evident as they immerse themselves in the actual scenario as they simulate steering commands. “May mga details sa learning packs na hindi gaanong matuturo effectively online kaya para sa akin mas maganda itong face to face kasi pag may hindi sila tamang ginagawa, maicocorrect agad sila.” 2/M Eleazar Dimabuyo said.

          However, despite the seemingly positive impact of this limited face-to-face class, there is still the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Thus, everyone is enjoined to observe minimum health protocols. The DRIVEN community must bear in mind that the final dock of this limited face-to-face voyage is still anchored on a SAFE RETURN AND RECOVERY!

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