Friday, August 23, 2013

DEPED's Message to Answer Issues Regarding Class Suspensions

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   I'm sure, you are all concerned of your kids school status.  With the continuing number of days of class suspensions brought about by the typhoon Maring and this year's "habagat," parents like me have been clamoring for information on how the incoming school schedules will be.   Unaware of such situations from our kid's schools, we can not be sure of how our kids will be able to cope up with what they have left from school works.
   So, while we are enjoying bonding moments (and me savoring every bit of it, with my two older kids helping out with the chores) let us hear from the Department of Education.

PRESS RELEASE from Office of the Secretary, DepEd:

PASIG CITY – Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC has called on school officials to plan make up classes for the days when classes were suspended as a result of massive flooding spawned by the “habagat” and typhoon Maring. 
Based on the school calendar issued by the Department of Education (DepEd), elementary and high schools have to fulfill a minimum of 180 days contact time with students for each school year or 45 contact days per quarter.
The education chief said public school superintendents are mandated to consult with their school principals to decide on how best to conduct make up classes.
“If there are class disruptions, these can be made up through additional take-home modules or actual make up classes either on Saturdays or by extending class hours on weekdays,” Luistro explained.
According to Luistro private schools are given the authority to come up with their own measures to meet the required contact time with students. “For private schools, we trust the decision of the school management,” he said.
The DepED annual calendar of some 200 school days already includes 20 days buffer for class disruptions.
Many public school buildings were either damaged or used as evacuation centers as a result of massive flooding   made even worse by tropical depression Maring. Classes and office work were suspended for most of the third week of August as a result of the weather disturbance.   
   /So, it all depends on the school now.  Let us make the most of what the school will be planning out.

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