DepEd issues new guidelines on suspension of classes

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Education Secretary Armin Luistro. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education this week issued comprehensive guidelines on the suspension of classes in public and private schools based on policy Malacañang released in January.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro issued DepEd Order No. 43 “to streamline the procedure on the suspension of classes and work in government offices” and spare the public “from unnecessary dangers” in times of typhoons, flooding and other disasters or calamities.

The order advised education executives, regional and division officials, school heads and teachers in both public and private schools and even parents to monitor weather bulletins of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) through media to see whether automatic suspensions cover their students.

Under the order, classes in pre-school and kindergarten are automatically suspended in areas under Storm Signal No. 1.

Classes on pre-school, kindergarten, elementary and high school levels are also automatically suspended in areas under Storm Signal. 2. DepEd employees may meanwhile skip work when their localities are under Signal No. 3.

DepEd said whole-day suspensions will take effect in areas Pagasa places under storm signals from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. of the following day.  Hence, classes in the appropriate levels are deemed automatically suspended in areas placed under a storm signal the night before or at dawn of the same day.

Half-day suspensions shall take effect in areas placed under storm signals at 11 a.m.

Parents and students should no longer wait for official announcements and follow the automatic suspension guidelines in case of weather disturbances or other calamities.

Local chief executives have the prerogative to suspend classes in case localized suspension is necessary, for instance in the event of flooding (even without a storm signal), earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and fire.

Luistro said local school officials should keep open communication lines with local officials in such cases.   School heads may only effect class cancellations “in cases where urgent action is needed to prevent loss of life or bodily harm.”

Luistro also called on parents to exercise proper judgment.

“DepEd still maintains that parents have the ultimate responsibility for determining whether their children should go to school, even if no order for cancellation/suspension of classes has been issued if they feel that travelling to or from school will place their children at risk,” he said.

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  • $14141131

    Abroad, the school can decide when to cancel classes for their administration particularly the principal knows the neighborhood. From typhoon to flooding, from thunderstorm to crimes nearby or any life threatening incidents, the heads of the schools are authorized to cancel classes and order the children to go home. Town authorities also announce suspension of classes as situation merits through the radio, public speaker system and message to all schools. 

    Why wait for signals to rise when the roads going home can get dangerously flooded in an hour? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/grace.lucas3 Gara Lucas Huab

      please read paragraph 9 & 10.. 

      • $14141131

        I’m siting what are being done abroad so people can appreciate what Luisito is initiating in his new guidelines. I’m not contradicting his idea.

        BTW, town announcements are through radio and wireless public speaker system strategically located all over the place. Here, decisions of the town officials or important announcements are aired like missing persons, warning against criminals or bad elements, inevitable weather disturbances, filing of income taxes, newly signed regulations and laws, playing tunes to signify curfew of students up to high school (police helps implement curfew), etc… but no politicking can be heard as officials focus on their duties rather than denigrate themselves by cheap and destructive partisan politics common in the Philippines.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VBRPJ2A7TQANYV5JA5YQTNWAZA Kyab Gon

    Gaya-Gaya din lang ang Pinas sa lahat eh baket hindi pa gayahin ang Educational Season din ng America? Meaning, BAGUHIN ang class seasons by avoiding the rainy season? GRR

    Dapat eh gawing November ang start ng LAHAT ng escuela.
    Mga wala kasing utak ang Dep Ed eh.

    Muah to all my fans!

    • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

      Congress ata ang me power na ilipat ang start ng pasukan e.

    • Diana Ocampo

      Public school classrooms are not air-conditioned, they probably have no electric fans.  Children and teachers might suffer from heat stroke, especially since summer in the Philippines is HOT and HUMID.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/grace.lucas3 Gara Lucas Huab

      kung magstart ng November, mag tatapos din yan ng mga June eh di aabutin din ng tag-ulan,..  .. September- May parang bakasyon ng June to August.. yan talaga ang school year ng mga international school….

  • bahog_itlog

    Tama si Sec. Luistro, it’s the parents’ call whether to send their child or not to school during bad weather conditions.

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