DepEd allows up to 2 weeks class suspension amid Covid19 surge
The Department of Education (DepEd) gave schools division offices (SDOs) and regional offices (RO) the authority to suspend classes in public schools for up to two weeks amid the alarming surge in Covid-19 cases.
Under a memorandum dated January 12, SDOs and ROs shall decide on the specific dates and number of days for the suspension of classes.
“The ROs/SDOs shall decide on the specific dates and number of days for the suspension of classes as long as the period of class suspension does not exceed 2 weeks in order to avoid a prolonged disruption in the current school calendar,” the memorandum read.
“During the suspension of classes, all synchronous and asynchronous classes will be put on hold, while submission of academic requirements and conduct of other teaching-related activities must be moved to a later date. For late submission of requirements, accommodations must be afforded for those with valid reasons,” it added.
The DepEd said private schools may exercise their own discretion to suspend classes and K to 12 learning activities when COVID-19 risks in their respective areas are high.
“All DepEd personnel, teachers and learners are highly encouraged to remain vigilant, observe health and safety protocols and follow IATF guidelines,” DepEd said.