DepEd denies teachers contracted COVID-19 after module distribution

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — The Department of Education in the Cagayan Valley region has denied reports that teachers from Ilagan City in Isabela who tested positive for the coronavirus contracted the disease while distributing educational materials to students.

“The Schools Division Office (SDO) of the City of Ilagan clarifies that such unfortunate event has nothing to do whatsoever with the distribution of Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) or any materials to that effect,” Deped-Cagayan Valley Regional Director Estela Leon-Cariño said in a statement on Thursday.

Leon-Cariño said the SDO plan clearly stated that the SLMs “shall be deposited by the schools at the drop-off points at the barangay halls” and that it was the barangay officials who distributed the materials, not the teachers.

The education official further clarified that only 10, and not 11 as earlier reported, have contracted the disease.

She said the first teacher to get infected has not developed symptoms and is undergoing quarantine at a local government isolation center.

The other nine are also completing their mandatory two-week quarantine in another facility.