"SUCCESSFUL."

That was how Ian Arnold Arnaez, information officer of the Department of Education (Deped)-Negros Occidental School Division, described the initial run of the limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in two public schools in the province on Monday, December 6.

"The opening of limited F2F classes at Aguntilang Elementary School in Isabela town and Valladolid National High School in Valladolid town went on smoothly," he said.

Arnaez attributed this to the "careful planning of schools and partnership with different stakeholders."

He said the two schools are part of the 11 public elementary and high schools in the province that were allowed to hold limited F2F classes.

"There were minor problems like the lack of thermal scanners and alcohol dispensers but these were remedied immediately," Arnaez said.

The DepEd-Negros Occidental information officer said they are continuously monitoring and evaluating the schools so they can make adjustments and improvements in the implementation of F2F classes.

But Negros Occidental Schools Superintendent Marsette Sabbaluca said pilot classes were unable to start in schools in San Carlos and Himamaylan cities because coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases were detected in the communities where they are located.

Sabbaluca said 77 percent of the teachers under the Negros Occidental Division have received their first dose of anti-Covid-19 vaccines while 64 percent have been fully vaccinated as of December 2, 2021.

Other schools holding limited F2F classes in the province are the HiyangHiyang Elementary School in Cadiz City, Mabini National High School in Escalante City, Raymundo Tongson National High School under the Himamaylan City Division, Valladolid National High School and Aguntilang Elementary School in Isabela town under Negros Occidental Schools Division, Colonia Divina Integrated School under Sagay City Division, Don Carlos Ledesma National High School under San Carlos City Division, Patag Diotay Elementary School in Silay City, Mauboy Elementary School in Sipalay City, and Victorias National High School under Victorias City Schools Division.