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Precautions on A/H1N1: First lesson in public schools in Samar

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (June 3) -- Leaflets, primers and flyers on the Universal Precautions on A H1N1 became the most formidable lesson not only to students but even parents and guardians of the 135, 906 enrollees in the public schools in Samar Division.

This was revealed by Ms Claire Menda, DepEd Information Offiicer in Samar.

Menda said it was a positive healthy and hygienic practice that first graders will never forget as they all demonstrated the proper way to wash hands.

In the convergence meeting with the department's allies, Supt Fred Dacuro solicited commitment to make the first day of classes peaceful and smooth where the Provincial Health Office gave out tips on how to deal with the deadly virus.

As a reinforcement, DepEd printed leaflets, primers and flyers on the Universal Precautions on A H1N1 which they gave out to students and parents.

Aside from the health leaflets, parents also received primers on the Frequently Asked Questions re school opening preparations.

DepEd events like Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik eskwela were treated.

The primer gave emphasis to no collections, and there has been no report of any infraction as of presstime.

DepEd also announced their hotline numbers for their Action Center to receive complaints.

Even wearing of uniforms has been considered optional.

With almost no more restrictions, parents are then enjoined to send their children to school.

In other areas, the distribution of rice by PGMA's Food for School Program encourages parents to push their children to school.

Samar Division, has a relatively low participation rate at 78.73% from the latest data in the elementary and even lower in the secondary where there is only a measly 43%. (PIA Samar) [top]

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