Q: Will attendance be checked in the online classes?
For online classes, participation is counted as attendance. It may be in the video conference, or MOODLE/Google Classroom submission, online forum, group chats, ZOOM, etc. depending on the arrangement with the instructor
Your participation is checked in order to find out how many students are actually online or not. Then your teacher, Coordinator, or Dean will reach out to students who are not engaged in order to assist or address any concerns, if any.
Online attendance for each class is well-monitored to ensure that no student is left behind. All should be given the opportunity to still continue learning through various platforms. Attendance will serve as the monitoring guide to those who are not attending (how to help them) and those who are diligently attending.
Q: What are the implications if I fail to attend the online classes?
Since we do not know how long this quarantine will be, you will miss out on the topics discussed, consequently you will lag behind in your lessons. Furthermore, you will miss out on the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the platforms used that may help you in your future endeavors, i.e. employment. This will be a good talking point in your job interview on how you were able to cope with the crisis personally.
Aside from missing out on the lessons being taught for the day, this will matter much when actual classes resume. Additionally, you will be missing out on the chance to interact with your teachers and classmates who will be able to assist you in difficult lessons.
Although failure to attend in online classes does not mean outright failure in the subject, submissions and activities done online will be part of your grade. Your participation prior the COVID will be included in the computation.
Q: Will there be an available staff/teacher/officer who I could chat with if I have concerns?
The Deans, the President, and Coordinators are available 24/7 to answer your concerns. The President’s email and face book accountant on 24/7. Teachers may also be contacted.
Group chats have been created to address issues and concerns
Q: What happens if I start studying online then for health reasons I am required to self-isolate?
These are concerns that can be answered by informing us immediately. There are options that can be given and support will always be extended to you.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and this prevents you from accomplishing online activities, then your health comes first and we advise you to completely inhibit yourself from any school-related activity. If what you are doing is the general quarantine, we highly encourage you to continue with online participation.
Students are advised to immediately inform their teachers or if not, the Coordinators or Deans. Special arrangement will be done to bridge the gap because of the health concerns.
Q: I am a graduating student; will graduation be held as scheduled?
Through online classes, the academic calendar is on track. The schedule of graduation remains to be on June 11, 2020.
Q: If the suspension of classes gets extended, will summer classes be affected?
No. This is really the reason why online classes are being held. To see to it that the school calendar is not greatly affected in such a way as to disrupt any school activity or program. With online classes we hope to be able to end the school year as scheduled. Classes are ongoing, so to date, summer classes will be offered as scheduled. Should there be any changes, there will be an announcement and your Coordinator or Dean will advise you accordingly.
Q: How can I enroll for summer, granting that I pass all my classes for the second semester?
You may enroll for summer classes starting first week of May. Start of Summer Classes is 3rd week of May..
Again, we are still following our academic calendar. In case the quarantine period be extended appropriate announcements will be made.
Q: How will I be given grades in my laboratory classes if we cannot do experiments in the actual laboratory?
You will be given grades in your classes because you are doing online laboratory activities while some are given alternative activities to compensate for the laboratory hours.
Laboratory classes are virtual at this time. Teachers are very creative in terms of providing supplemental materials for learning.
Q: How will I be given a grade in P.E. class if we are not doing physical activities?
P.E. activities now vary with the use of video, MOODLE and the like in lieu of the physical activities. P.E. classes are on track and the online platform will serve as the medium for P.E. activities.
Q: Will I be undertaking exams online? How will it be done?
Given that we are on lockdown, the teachers have modified the exams to methods that can be administered online through group chats, video conferencing, and other online learning platforms like MOODLE and Google Classroom. These tests can be oral, project-based, pen and paper with time limit, or essays. The different forms of exams that will be given online will be discussed with you thoroughly by your instructors. The end goal is to ensure that the same learning outcomes are achieved for the students.
Q. I am a foreigner. My summer vacation has been booked by my parents. Will I be able to complete the semester and go on vacation as planned?
The COVID Pandemic has affected the normal activity of people not just here in the Philippines but in other corners of the world. Your plans for summer vacation will not be in the hands of the school but will rely on how the global conditions develop in the next couple of months.
However, in terms of what is within SSLC’s control, we don’t see any reason why you won’t be able to finish the semester (please just take note of the one week extension) because we are still following the academic calendar.
Q: If class suspension gets extended and the comprehensive exam is supposed to be given in the classrooms, what is the contingency plan of the school?
When classes resume on April 15, the new schedule for your comprehensive examinations will be announced by your Dean.
If this extends, the Dean will announce an alternative mode for giving the comprehensive exam. In the same way that term exams were modified, this will also take place.
Q: Will there be a self-study week? When will it be?
Yes, you will be given time to finish and submit your requirements during the Self-Study Week.
Q: Will there be assignments during the self- study week?
Make-up or review classes may be scheduled during the self-study week but no new assignments will be given. This may also be your time to finish your pending requirements, if any.
Q: Do we need to be in uniform when we attend online classes?
Yes, you are encouraged to wear either your school uniform or your org shirt. In any case that it is not available, you are required to wear any decent attire. Sleeveless or clothes with plunging necklines are highly discouraged. This will be based on the advice of your teacher. However, regardless of the required attire, appropriate dress code will still be required when attending classes as a courtesy to your classmates and teacher.
Q: Will the number of absences prior the quarantine be counted?
Yes, your absences prior the quarantine were counted. Please refer to the student handbook for the number of allowable absences.
Q: Will I be able to consult with my Coordinator or Dean while I study online?
Yes, you may consult your Coordinator or Dean while you are studying online. You may send them an email, SMS, or reach them through social applications such as Messenger, Viber, Hangouts, and the like.
Q: How can I have my research assessed through Turnitin if I could not go to the library? Can I submit it through email?
Your research teachers, deans, and Ms. Vina have access of the Turnitin. You can ask them for help so they can process your Turnitin specially Ms. Vina..
Q: Will I still have access to the library when I study online?
Yes there are online resources available that you can utilize to help you with your references. Please check the online links in the SISC website.
Q: How could I renew my student visa?
Extension of student visa will be processed once all government offices resume operations.
Please take note of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Announcement as of March 26:
They announced that they will temporarily be allowing holders of temporary visitors visa, who have stayed in the country for less than one year, to acquire their Emigration Clearance Certificates (ECCs) at the international airports.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the decision followed after Luzon was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
An ECC is issued to temporary visitors who have stayed in the country for more than six months, and to holders of residence, work, or students visas who wish to leave the country for good.
Q: Will I still be charged with penalty if my visa expires within the quarantine period?
No, there will be no penalty.
Q: How can I submit requirements to Immigration for the conversion of my tourist visa to student visa?
The school will accept all requirements and process conversion once we resume operations.
Q: How can I check if I have a valid visa to travel back to my home country?
Visa is stamped on the passport. It is also printed at the back of the I Card or ACR card.
Q: If I have a valid visa, can I travel back to my home country?
That depends on the quarantine rules.
Q: What is the implication of my not reporting for hospital internship to my graduation? Will the hospital give me grade? Will the hospital give me certification of completion so I can take the Board exams?
The Deans will coordinate with the Hospital C.I.s.
Q: How will the Thesis Defense be done if the suspension of classes be extended? Can we do it online? How can it be done?
Once operations resume, hopefully by April 15, the new schedule will be announced. In case the quarantine be extended, appropriate announcement will be made.
Q. If I have more questions, who will I contact?
You may address your queries to your Dean , Coordinator or Teacher or the President who shall determine the right department concerned, coordinate with them and get back to you as soon as possible.
Group chats have also been created by faculty members, per Department and per subject if you have questions and other concerns.
Q. How will I finish my required hours for Internship?
Your Dean will give you an alternative activity/project in coordination with your Internship C.I.to make sure that you will finish the required number of hours. Kindly take note though that you have to work on this diligently so that you will finish your requirements for Practicum on time. Remember that we will still observe ZERO DEFICIENCY for graduation.
Q. Who can I go to if I am feeling anxious or depressed at this time?
Online mentoring is happening even if we are on quarantine. Please get in touch directly with your Mentor, or if you need help in contacting him/her, your Coordinator or Dean will help connect the two of you.
In case, you have other questions, feel free to contact your Deans or the SSLC President.
Ms. Remy’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s all cooperate to hurdle the challenges regarding the disruption of classes due to COVID-19.