Holiday break starts December 15 – DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019   •   500

Elementary students walk to their classrooms at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, Philippines, 03 June 2019. Some 27 million students, 23 million of whom attend public schools, began a new school year in various cities and provinces of the Philippines. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the start of the holiday break for kindergarten pupils up to grade 12 students in public schools which will be on December 15.

The calendar for school year 2019-2020 set the start of the holiday break on Dec. 15 and the Department added that the resumption of classes after the holidays will be on January 6, 2020 based on the school calendar 2019-2020 under DepEd Order 007, series of 2019.

DepEd’s school calendar applies to public elementary and high school students.

As for private schools, it would be up to the discretion of the school administrators to decide as they have their own school calendars.

According to the order, the end of the academic year 2019-2020 remains on April 3, 2020.

Deped creates task force on 2019-nCoV ARD

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 3, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has formed a task force in response to the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV ARD).

Based on DepEd Memorandum no 11 s. 2020, the task force is created to lead the overall efforts of the department in addressing the situation.

“[DepEd] stands ready to contribute to the overall Philippine government efforts for the management of this public health situation,” the memorandum states.

Several responsibilities of the task force include:

  • Cooperate with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines on overall Philippine government efforts on addressing the nCoV ARD;
  • Coordinate with the DOH for the implementation of its guidelines in response to the situation, including any decision for school/office lockdown or suspension of classes/work in specific localities should a need arise;
  • Promulgate standard protocols in response to the nCoV ARD in DepEd offices and schools, as well as in activities organized, or participated in, by the Department, which may include travel restrictions if necessary;
  • Issue advisories which may contain policy directives for implementation and compliance by all DepEd units;
  • Establish a system to monitor the situation in the Central Office (CO), field offices and schools and regularly meet for assessment and adjustments of existing policy issuances, guidelines, or protocols;

Several schools and universities have already advised its students arriving from China to self-quarantine for two weeks.—AAC

Public schools may accept transferees from Taal sans documents

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020

A Filipino elementary student ties her shoelace at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. Close to 23 million students in public schools started the new school year, with around 4 million students in private schools expected to start in the coming weeks. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has ordered public schools in the country to accept transferees displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

This is part of the Department’s emergency measures “to address the dislocation of basic education learners from their school of origin, the significant safety concerns in other affected areas and other implications” of the volcano’s eruption.

Based on DepEd Memorandum No. 3 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, displaced students from eruption-affected should be accepted in all public schools despite lack of proper credentials.

“All public schools where displaced learners from Region IV-A will seek to be accommodated are directed to accept these emergency transferees even with the unavailability or insufficiency of the require transfer credentials,” the memorandum states.

According to Save the Children, about 21,000 children residents inside the 14-kilometer danger zone were already evacuated since Taal volcano started erupting on Sunday (January 12).

For further information, read the copy of the Department Order No. 3 HERE.

Gatchalian calls for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of illegal drug alternatives

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Senator Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian has called for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of students allegedly using illegal drug alternatives such as “magic mushroom”.

In a statement, Gatchalian said that it is alarming to hear reports about high school students using psychedelic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ commonly found in rural areas as a form of illegal drugs substitute.

Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said that several high school students were hospitalized after using the said illegal drug substitute.

Gatchalian also said that this incident needs to be investigated further in order to come up with a solution for the safety of the students in the country.

“Marami rin tayong dapat malaman. Gaano na karami ang naiulat na ganitong uri ng insidente? Paano natuklasan ito ng mga mag-aaral? Saan ito laganap? At ano-ano ang naging mga epekto nito sa ating mag-aaral? (We also have a lot to be learned. How many similar incidents were reported? How did students discover it [magic mushrooms]? Where is it rampant? What are its effects on our students?), ” he said.—AAC

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