DepEd to LGU’s: Schools as evacs only for 15 days max
THE Department of Education (DepEd) reminded local government units (LGU) that public schools in their areas should only be used as an ‘immediate’ evacuation site, and may only be used as evacuation for a period not exceeding 15 days.
DepEd Order No. 37 series of 2022, issued by Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte, stressed that “In cases of disasters, schools may be used as an immediate evacuation site which should not last for more than fifteen (15) days.”
LGUs, she said, cannot use schools as long-term shelters for evacuees.
The order further added that public schools should no longer be used as COVID-19 quarantine or isolation facilities, or even as vaccination centers, and the authority and the discretion earlier given the regional directors to decide on the use of school facilities has been revoked.
An updated protocol on suspension of classes due to heavy rainfall, typhoons, flooding, and other disasters was also issued.
- Classes and work from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including Alternative Learning System (ALS) are automatically cancelled when a tropical cyclone wind signal has been raised by PAGASA.
- If classes have already begun when the signals have been raised, these should be suspended immediately.
- Same rule applies to heavy rainfall with orange to red alert warning and flood alerts issued by PAGASA. Suspension of classes under the yellow rainfall alert will be decided by the town/city mayors. (Ahikam Pasion)
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