DepEd Suspends In-person School Classes Due To Heat, Jeepney Strike

In response to the latest heat index forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the announcement of a nationwide transport strike, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a directive for all public schools nationwide to switch to asynchronous classes or distance learning on April 29 and 30, 2024.

This decision aims to ensure the safety and well-being of students and school personnel amid the expected adverse weather conditions and transportation disruptions. Asynchronous classes allow students to access and complete learning materials at their own pace, without the need for real-time interaction with teachers.


Furthermore, teaching and non-teaching personnel in public schools are not required to report to their respective stations during the specified dates.

Despite the shift to asynchronous learning, activities organized by Regional and Schools Division Offices, such as the Regional Athletic Association Meets and other division or school level programs scheduled for April 29 and 30, may proceed as planned. However, stringent measures for the safety of all participants must be carefully considered and implemented.

Private schools are not covered by this advisory, but they have the option to implement similar measures to ensure the safety of their students and staff.

The decision comes amidst concerns over the potential health risks posed by the heat index and the challenges posed by the nationwide transport strike. By opting for asynchronous classes and allowing flexibility in attendance for school personnel, DepEd aims to minimize disruptions to the educational process while prioritizing the safety of all stakeholders.

DepEd encourages students, parents, and school personnel to stay informed about any further developments and to adhere to safety protocols during this period of inclement weather and transportation disruptions.

For more information and updates, individuals are advised to monitor official announcements from DepEd and local government authorities.

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