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New DepEd rule: Local government, not DepEd, to announce ‘no classes’ during bad weather conditions

By on Jun 3, 2012 in Announcement, Asia, Education Comments

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will no longer announce the cancellation or suspension of classes in both public and private schools during bad weather conditions, and task is now given to the local government.

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As noted by DepEd on its official website via a pdf file dated Monday, May 28, 2012, a new “no classes” rule (DepEd Order 43) will be implemented starting this school year 2012-13, where local government officials will be the ones to announce “classes suspended” or “no classes”.

Based on the earlier rule, PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) declares the storm signal level based on their satellite data and cascades the information to the DepEd, which announces the suspension or cancellations of classes.

“In the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAGASA, localized cancellation/suspension of classes in both public and private schools and work in government offices may be implemented by the local chief executives.” A statement reads on the DepEd Order 43.

“Concerned local DepEd and private school officials are directed to establish effective lines of communications with their respective local government units (LGUs). Any decision to cancel or suspend classes must come from the local government.” The DepEd order added.

“A school head may only cancel or suspend classes in cases where urgent action is needed to prevent bodily harm or loss of lives.” DepEd explained further, reminding the public about Executive Order No. 66 (EO 66), signed by President Benigno S.Aquino III (PNoy) last January 9.

According to EO 66, classes in pre-school and kindergarten schools are automatically suspended for Storm Signal No. 1; no classes in elementary and secondary levels for Storm Signal No. 2; while classes in all levels are automatically suspended for Storm Signal No. 3.

Meanwhile, local government heads such as mayors are being instructed to announce the cancellation of classes on or before 4:30 a.m. for a whole day cancellation the next day, and on or before 11 a.m. for afternoon class suspension, based on the appropriate class level.

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