BAGUIO CITY, July 26(PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is calling on parents to ensure safety of their children especially during typhoons, other weather disturbances, and calamities.
DepEd-Baguio Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Soraya Faculo reminded parents to practice their discretion in determining whether their children should go to school during typhoons, floods, natural calamities or inclement weather even when suspension announcements have not been made.
“During typhoons, parents should look at the environment and if they think that their children would be threatened then they should not let their children go to school or even go out of their houses,” Faculo said.
In the Cordillera, aside from the dangers of typhoons and monsoon, there are also risks from landslides, rockslides and even flooding during the rainy season which add danger for students and the public.
Faculo said that with or without the official announcement of class suspensions from the local chief executives or the school authorities during calamities, parents should make the discernment and decide not to bring or send their children to school.
She explained that teachers have been oriented and have been given instructions not to give quizzes or exams during typhoons and calamities. Many parents are worried that their children might miss quizzes and exams or other school activities that may affect their grades, thus they allow them to go to school even during very bad weather.
She added that the DepEd has set make- up classes during the school year to offset days when classes are cancelled/suspended.
She also called on the school heads not to force their school teachers to go to school during calamities rather they should ensure safety of their fellow teachers. She said that they have received reports that school heads are forcing teachers to report during typhoons so they are advising school heads to prioritize the safety of teachers.
Meanwhile, DepEd Baguio Superintendent Federico Martin reiterated DepEd Order No. 43, series of 2012 that contains the guidelines on the implementation of Executive Order No. 66, prescribing the rules on the cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices during inclement weather and natural calamities.
All concerned DepEd officials and personnel are directed to observe the weather bulletins of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced through various media outlets -radio, television, and internet.
When Signal No. 1 is raised by PAGASA, public and private preschool and kindergarten classes in the affected areas shall be automatically cancelled or suspended. With Signal No. 2, classes from pre-school to secondary level in public and private schools in the affected areas shall be automatically cancelled or suspended. When Signal No. 3 is raised, work in all DepEd offices in the affected areas shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.
Teaching personnel handling cancelled or suspended classes are likewise allowed to leave their stations in consideration of the work they will need to undertake during make-up classes. Heads of private schools shall exercise discretion on their teaching personnel handling cancelled or suspended 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 local chief executives in their capacity as chairpersons of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. (PIA CAR & ISU Interns)