Policy on the suspension of classes

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, July 13, 2014


DIRECTOR'S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepEd 11 OIC Regional Director Nenita E. Lumaad, CSEE to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "You have to be familiar with all the programs and projects of our organization and you have to be accountable to each one. There should be sense of urgency in whatever you do.”

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It's the rainy season once again. There have been numerous nights that heavy rains caused flooding to many low lying areas here in the city and the provinces. Typhoons and low pressure areas are being experienced once again. A lot of people are again asking about the policy of the Department of Education (Deped) regarding the suspension of classes.

With the onset of the rainy season, Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said the Department is working together with the local government units to ensure that the learners and teachers are and will be safe all throughout.

Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino Rivera said that priority should be given for the safety of our learners and teachers.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 66, s. 2012 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III, “In the absence of typhoon signal warnings, localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices may be implemented by local chief executives, as chairmen of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) concerned, in coordination with PAGASA and the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council), specifically in flood-prone or high risk areas.”

It is very clear that the local government units (LGUs) are the ones empowered to suspend classes, however, in the absence of the order of suspension especially in far flung areas, the school heads have the discretion of suspending classes upon their thorough analysis of the situation.

The rules on automatic suspension of classes remain the same: Storm Signal No. 1 suspends classes in kindergarten; Signal No. 2 suspends classes in kindergarten, elementary, and high school; and Signal No. 3 suspends classes from kindergarten to college, including graduate schools and government offices.

In its directive, Deped also reiterated its call for the community's participation in school disaster preparedness to minimize risks and ensure learners' continued access to education.

Luistro encourages schools to continue to involve the students, their families, and their communities in preparing for disasters as this is an effective method in raising their awareness about risk reduction.

He concluded by saying that with the help of the partners in education from public institutions, both local and national, private sector, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders, we continue to make our schools safe and resilient.

This corner hopes that further trainings will be conducted and awareness will be instilled to the minds of the teachers and students on the need to keep the school safe from all calamities and proper handling of the situation will be done all the time to avoid loss of lives and properties.

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You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: http://www.deped.gov.ph and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to region11@deped.gov.ph. For queries, complains and other concerns for the different schools divisions email them to davao.city@deped.gov.ph, davao.delsur@deped.gov.ph, davao.delnorte@deped.gov.ph, tagum.city@deped.gov.ph, panabo.city@deped.gov.ph, igacos@deped.gov.ph, davao.oriental@deped.gov.ph, digos.city@deped.gov.ph, mati.city@deped.gov.ph and compostela.valley@deped.gov.ph

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 14, 2014.

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