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Silliman University To Start Online Classes Amid Novel Coronavirus Threat

The 'alternative learning scheme' will start on February 5.

Silliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental has announced that they will conduct online classes for students from preschool to senior high school starting February 5. The announcement came after five people with flu-like symptoms in Dumaguete City were quarantined as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat, according to Rappler.

Under the “alternative learning scheme,” students will complete a learning plan at home. According to the university’s advisory, “The teachers shall continue to observe duty hours to entertain queries from parents, conduct parent conferences, compute grades, and prepare the necessary materials.” 

"While Silliman is confident in the efforts of the Department of Health (DOH) and the provincial and city governments in addressing nCoV, out of caution and prudence, the University will undertake preventive measures." 

If the situation improves, “the University will issue an advisory whether to resume classes on February 10. Otherwise, the alternative learning scheme will continue until further notice.”


Silliman University has also cancelled or postponed all of their activities and events for the month.

As for college and graduate students, classes will continue until further notice. The university advised college and graduate students, teachers, and staff to take precautionary measures. “Observe proper hygiene, stay healthy, eat nutritious food, drink lots of water, and monitor updates from [the World Health Organization], DOH, and other authorities.”

The novel coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan City, China, has killed over 400 people and infected over 20,000 people in the world, according to the latest stats from CNN. All the fatalities were from mainland China except for one Chinese man from Wuhan in the Philippines.

He and his female companion, who was the first confirmed case in the Philippines, traveled to Dumaguete and Cebu before being confined in a Manila hospital. The woman is recovering in the hospital, according to Rappler. 

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