NO COLLECTION POLICY; DepEd to schools: ‘Keep Christmas parties simple yet meaningful’

NO COLLECTION POLICY; DepEd to schools: ‘Keep Christmas parties simple yet meaningful’

The Department of Education (DepEd) has introduced new guidelines for Christmas celebrations in schools, focusing on simple and meaningful experiences. These guidelines are designed to be inclusive and environmentally friendly, aiming to reduce any financial strain on students and their families.

DepEd’s Policy Against Fund Collection

Regional Memorandum No. 893, issued by DepEd-6 director Ramir B. Uytico, forbids schools from requesting money or gifts for Christmas events. “Our commitment is to maintain the policy against fund collection,” Hernani Escullar Jr., information officer for DepEd-6, confirms.

Support for Eco-Friendly Decor

The new rules encourage schools to use recycled materials for Christmas decorations, helping to lower costs. Escullar suggests, “Utilizing materials like paper or items from previous years can reduce expenses significantly.”

Prioritizing Safety and Simplicity in Celebrations

Schools are reminded to keep Christmas parties on school grounds, avoiding outside locations like resorts for student safety. The break starts on December 15, with classes resuming January 3, 2024.

Preparation and Day-of Guidelines

Detailed guidelines cover pre-event and actual day activities. Key points include enforcing the no-fund collection rule, holding events within school grounds, and following health guidelines. Food safety, parental consent, and security measures are also underlined.

After-Event Protocols and Safety

Following events, students should promptly leave the premises, and the area should be tidied and sanitized. Schools are encouraged to work with local authorities to ensure safety and order.

Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio calls for a Christmas celebration centered on hope, unity, and service in DepEd Order No. 052. This approach seeks a joyful yet thoughtful observance of the holiday, considering everyone’s situation.

We’d love to hear your views on these guidelines. How do you plan to celebrate Christmas at your school while following these rules? Share your thoughts and ideas with us!