The Department of Education (DepEd) has set new rules when suspending classes in cases of typhoons and disasters. These guidelines will enable parents and students to be aware on what to do and prevent possible accidents or danger.
For storm signal no. 1, all preschools both in the private and public levels will be automatically suspended. During storm signal no. 2, preschool, elementary and high school in all levels, both private and public, will have no classes. For storm signal no.3, all classes, including the college level, will be automatically suspended.
In any case PAG-ASA has no official announcement regarding the typhoon signal warnings, the school principal of the affected schools will have the authority to cancel classes in the elementary and high school levels, both in private and public schools. If the suspension will have wider coverage, the superintendent will decide the suspension of classes for the division.
Parents are advised to watch media advisories regarding typhoon updates to identify if it is best to send their children to school or not. Reliable advisories come from PAG-ASA, DepEd, Disaster Coordinating Council and the local government units (LGUs).
When no official storm warnings are available, parents have the ultimate discretion whether their children should go to school. In lieu of the suspended school days, make-up classes may be held during Saturdays or weekends to meet the required number of school days of DepEd. This will be imposed both in the public and private schools.