CHED-Cordillera affirms in assessment visit
The Commission on Higher Education-Cordillera visited the university to assess its status and readiness for the limited face to face classes today.
The team was composed of Dr. Patricio Dinamling, Engr. Abraham Os-osa, Ms. Fely Ann P. Balusdan, Mr. Esteven Jan Belgica, Ms. Melody Labawig, Dr. Bernadette Pal-ec, Dr. Mariano D. Marchan Jr., Ms. Menzie O. Kuengan, and Ms. Christine M. Soriano.
The assessment aimed at securing the university employees and students’ safety before the gradual start of the face-to-face classes.
The team conducted inspection of the different colleges and units in compliance with the Joint Memorandum Circular no. 2021-004, CMO no. 6 s.2022 and CMO no.9 s 2022 which packages the guidelines on the implementation of limited face-to-face classes for all programs of Higher education institutions HEIs) in areas under alert level systems for COVID-19 response.
The team focused their assessment on the adherence of the University to the Management and Oversight.
This consists of the Crisis Management Team which oversee the implementation of and monitoring and evaluation of compliance with the CHED-DOH Joint memorandum Circular on the conduct of limited face-to-face classes.
Another is the Institutional Policies and protocols which covers contact tracing protocols, emergency transfer protocols in case anyone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while inside the campus, referral protocols, quarantine and isolation protocols, physical distancing protocols, maintenance, cleaning, sanitation and disinfection protocols for the buildings, facilities, classrooms, offices, vehicles and commonly used spaces.
Along with these are the predetermined seat plan, maximum venue capacity, a school- based COVID-19 Surveillance Program, and a facility for the proper storage, collection, treatment, and disposal of used facemasks and other infectious waste.
They also assessed the Controls which cover ensuring physical distancing, adequate ventilation, physical and environmental hygiene, adequate number of readable signages, signals and reminders on health and safety protocols posted inside the campus, a foot traffic system and a screening or triage area at different point of entry.
The concerned University officials and faculty were present during the assessment to assist the team.
According to Dr. Cesaria Mendoza, the University Physician, the assessors advised the benchmarking of other colleges to the preparation of the College of Health and Natural Sciences.
Moreover, Mendoza shared that the team considers KSU now ready to offer face-to-face classes.
Meanwhile, Dr. Robert Rodolfo, the Vice President for Academics and Student Development, expressed the need for the students to check the mode of learning in specific subjects indicated on their assessment. /UIO