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QC publishes recommendations for class suspension

The government of Quezon City has set guidelines for the cancellation of school classes, particularly during typhoons, flooding, and other weather-related events.

Whenever the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issues typhoon alerts, teachers, parents, and children are advised by Memorandum Circular No. 10, according to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte in a statement released on Wednesday.

According to the message, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes are immediately suspended when Signal No. 1 is activated.

Belmonte stated that all public and private pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary classes are automatically suspended in the event that Signal No. 2 or higher is raised over the National Capital Region.

According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 15, series 2012, classes in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are automatically suspended under Signal No. 3.

The Department of Education’s (DepEd) Order No. 014, Series of 2021 and CHED Memorandum Order No. 15 Series 2012 for Higher Education Institutions must be followed for the suspension of work in public schools, according to MC 10.

Belmonte stated that in the absence of signal warnings, she may order the localized suspension of classes in accordance with the suggestions made by the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (QCDRRMC) following the completion of a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) and with the support of the Division of City Schools.

According to Belmonte, “the Schools Division Office may also suggest localized class suspensions for public schools due to service interruptions, while private schools, including higher education institutions, may proclaim class suspensions at their discretion.”

The mayor of Quezon City added that when no signal warning is issued, the memorandum also permits the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMC) to conduct their own PDRA in collaboration with PAGASA and the QCDRRMC and to declare a suspension of classes within their respective jurisdictions in consultation with the Schools Division Office.

Administrators of private schools, the BDRRMC, and the Schools Division Office are also required by the municipal government to immediately report any decision to stop classes within their respective jurisdictions to the QCDRRMC.

Belmonte stated, “Announcements will be made no later than 4 a.m. of the scheduled day that classes are to be stopped in order to reduce inconvenience to students, parents, instructors, and other school workers.

“The notification on the suspension of afternoon sessions shall be made no later than 11 a.m. in the event of extreme weather changes during the day,” she continued.

The local administration also asks school administrators to be as understanding as possible with pupils who are unable to attend in-person classrooms or complete their online coursework owing to service interruptions when no class suspension is mandated despite bad weather.

As advised by the QCDRRMO, Belmonte on Tuesday canceled all levels of instruction on Wednesday, August 24.

Due to Tropical Storm Florita, Malacanang previously ruled that classes in public schools be suspended.

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