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K-12 classes automatically suspended under any storm signal – DepEd

K-12 classes automatically suspended under any storm signal

Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes, and work in public schools are now automatically canceled in areas under any public storm signals, Department of Education (DepEd) said.

Based on the revised DepEd Order (DO) 37, signed by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte, during typhoons, in-person and online classes, work, and Alternative Learning System (ALS) are suspended in schools located in areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) 1, 2 ,3, 4, or 5 were raised by PAGASA.

Meanwhile, class and work suspension are also called for in kindergarten to Grade 12 in schools situated in areas issued with an Orange or Red Rainfall Warning, or Flood Warning from PAGASA.

The local chief executives may decide on class suspensions if their local government unit is under Yellow Rainfall Warning from the state weather bureau.

DepEd also mandates that if the TCWS, Rainfall Warning, or Flood Warning was issued when classes have already begun, schools shall immediately suspend classes and work, and send everyone home, if it is safe to do so.

But, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel inside if traveling becomes unsafe for them.