THE Department of Education (DepEd) said Wednesday, March 29, 2023, that it has no plans yet to revert the summer vacation of students to April and May amid calls due to hot weather.

“At the moment, there are no plans to revert,” DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said in a message to reporters.

“As mentioned in a previous statement, school heads have the discretion to suspend in-person classes and immediately switch to ADM (Alternate Delivery Mode) or blended learning if the environment is not conducive to learning,” he added.

On Tuesday, March 28, 2023, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, said it is high-time for the country to bring back the student’s summer vacation to April-May instead of July-August in the light of an incident in Cabuyao City, Laguna where over a hundred students were rushed to the hospital after getting ill during a fire drill conducted by the school.

The heat index was around 39 to 42 degrees Celsius when the drill was conducted.

Gatchalian said it is also advantageous for the student’s vacation to be brought back during the summer so they can go out and spend more time with their families instead of during the rainy season. (SunStar Philippines)