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DepEd encourages LGUs to adhere to the rules regarding class suspension

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Local government units (LGUs) have been reminded by the Department of Education (DepEd) to follow the most recent regulations for class suspension during typhoons and other natural disasters that were released in September.

As students gradually transition back to in-person classes, DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa reminded LGUs on Friday that the department wants to optimize learning recovery.

By November 2, all public schools across the country will switch to fully in-person instruction, while private institutions may use blended learning.

Despite the numerous obstacles, DepEd is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring universal access to high-quality basic education while urging LGU cooperation.

He advised, “helping our students make up for lost learning and only suspending lessons for public crises, extreme weather disturbances, and tragedies.”

When Tropical Storm Paeng hit Luzon and the Visayas on Friday, following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that shook Abra on Tuesday and forced the suspension of classes, Poa pleaded with LGUs to support DepEd’s efforts to provide children with continuous learning.

He issued a statement saying that “DepEd is against the needless cancellation of courses and the use of our schools as billeting sites for events that are not related to the curriculum.” “Your assistance ensures unbroken class sessions for our students and assists our professors in avoiding needless make-up lessons, which add to their workload.”

Department Order 37, also known as the Guidelines on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Schools in the Event of Natural Disasters, Power Outages/Power Interruptions, and Other Calamities, was released by the Department of Education in September.

The regulations state that all kindergarten through grade 12 classes, both in-person and online, as well as work, are automatically suspended in schools located in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Nos. 1 to 5; or when the weather bureau issues orange (intense) and red (torrential) rainfall warnings; or flood warnings.

In the event of an earthquake, classes in person, online, and work from kindergarten through grade 12 as well as Alternative Learning Systems are automatically canceled in schools located in LGUs where the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has declared an intensity scale of 5 (strong) or higher.

When there are severe winds but no TCWS was given, when there are torrential rains in particular locations, or when there is flooding even though no warning has been issued, local chief executives may decide to cancel courses.

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