Online and Alternative Modes of Learning

Office of the President Memo #081 – SY 2019-2020
March 20, 2020

With the re-opening of online enrollment last March 18 under the government mandated Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, the various units of the University have worked tirelessly to allow our students to enlist online for their classes as easily as possible. Admittedly, there are still issues which we are continually addressing.

The University is aware of the challenges everyone is dealing with in the face of COVID-19, including its psychological impact, and realizes too that this situation may persist far beyond the initial 30-day quarantine period set by the government. After carefully considering these factors and studying the points raised by the different sectors of the community, including the student body as represented by their student councils and organizations, the University deems it best to proceed with the 3rd Trimester, beginning Monday, March 23. For Basic Education (JASMS), we will proceed and finish the remainder of the school year.

In response to the concerns that were raised, we have tasked our faculty to be creative and explore alternative modes of delivery, even outside Google Classroom, which are more accessible and affordable; as well as exercise much consideration and leniency towards their students. We have asked them to provide reasonable assignments, projects and readings to our students, and to be mindful of the circumstances they are facing at home. All Deans, Program Chairs and their departments, have also all been requested to make themselves available and reachable by their students, to extend them every opportunity possible to accomplish their learning objectives.

Rest assured that the University prioritizes the safety and welfare of our community. We will not encourage students to violate strict quarantine protocols for the sake of securing a stable internet connection. At the same time, we will exhaust all means necessary to provide the PWU standard of education, in order to allow our students to continue their learning despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

We call on all members of the PWU family, both faculty, non-teaching personnel, parents and students, to come together to stay true to our mission of developing lifelong learners, by practicing compassion and kindness, in spite of, and through these challenges.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez

University Operations (17 March – 14 April) in connection with the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine

Office of the President Memo #080 – SY 2019-2020
March 17, 2020

On March 16, 2020, President Duterte announced the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon. Enhanced community quarantine means strict home quarantine implemented in all households, the suspension of transportation, the regulation of food and essential health services, and the heightened presence of uniformed personnel.

With the safety and health of our community as our highest priority, and recognizing the importance of strict home quarantine to help prevent the spread of this pandemic, the University is implementing stricter measures which supersedes those outlined in previous memoranda regarding COVID-19:

On University Operations

  1. For the duration of the enhanced quarantine period, all PWU and JASMS Campuses will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 to Tuesday, April 14 unless the government issues new directives before the end of this period.
  2. During this closure, all employees are advised to work from home using online modes of communication and remain reachable by their supervisors during office hours. As such, no employee leaves shall be charged during this period.
  3. When possible, only critical university activities and support services will be allowed in the campuses.

On 3rd Trimester Enrollment, Class Schedules and Delivery:

  1. Undergraduate and Graduate School Enrollment for 3rd Trimester will begin on March 18, Wednesday. This will be done purely ONLINE. For a step-by-step guide on how to complete the online enrollment process, please visit the PWU Website.
  2. Irregular students, or those who for some reason are not able to enroll online, please contact your Dean/Program Chair for a list of the courses you need to take this trimester.
  3. Undergraduate Classes for the 3rd Trimester will begin on March 23, Monday, while Graduate School classes will begin on March 28, Saturday. However, all classes will be conducted online via Google Classroom, at least until April 13.
  4. All Deans and Program Chairs shall release a list of the Google Classroom class codes for their courses which the students must join based on their curriculum. The different schools of the University shall release this information via their official communication channels.
  5. Students who were not able to enroll online may still join the online classes for the 3rd trimester as part of their curriculum upon consultation with their respective Dean/Program Chair.
  6. Due to the 30-day enhanced community quarantine period, unenrolled students will be allowed up until the end of April to complete their enrollment before they are dropped from the official class list. There will be NO LATE ENROLLMENT FEE until April 30, 2020.
  7. All SCHOLARSHIPS and DISCOUNTS shall be processed after the enhanced community quarantine period.
  8. For Basic Education (JASMS Manila and QC), your Principals and Faculty have prepared alternative modes of delivery which will allow you to work on your deliverables at home while still achieving the designed learning outcomes. Your respective teachers will be giving out instructions this week.

Being an ongoing health emergency, this memo is subject to government and university protocols that may be issued subsequently as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.

We would like to reiterate the need to adhere to social distancing and strict community quarantine measures, as well as practicing the recommended health and hygiene protocols prescribed by the WHO and government health agencies to stop the spread of this pandemic.

Finally, we thank the PWU Community for your patience and urge everyone to stay calm, listen only to experts and verified official announcements to help prevent the spread of false information, and as much as possible, stay at home. We all need to do our share in the fight against this grave pandemic.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez

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