OASOPS No. 2023-077 Reiteration of the Implementation of Modular Distance Learning
DepEd also reminds school administrators of their authority and duty to cancel in-person lessons and apply modular remote learning when adverse weather or environmental conditions, such as dangerously high temperatures, may endanger students’ health and wellbeing. This notice is in accordance with DepEd Order No. 01, Section 6.1 of Rule VI. 2003, also known as the Republic Act No. 9155 Implementing Rules & Regulations.
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Schools located in LGUs where the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) declares an earthquake with a PHILVOCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) V or above will automatically cancel all in-person and online classes and work from kindergarten through grade 12 in the event of natural disasters like earthquakes. When the PEIS is IV or lower, local chief executives must determine whether to cancel or suspend classes. There will be no automatic cancellation or suspension of lessons in the event of power outages, power disruptions, or brownouts in schools. However, if these create a poor learning environment, administrators have the right to decide whether to cancel or suspend lessons.
OASOPS No. 2023-077 “Reiteration of the Implementation of Modular Distance Learning as Provided in DepEd Order No. 037, s. 2022”
ALL REGIONAL DIRECTORS
ALL SCHOOLS DIVISION SUPERINTENDENTS ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL HEADS
FRANCIS CESAR B. BRINGAS Assistant Secretary for Operations
Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Undersecretary for Operations
Reiteration of the Implementation of Modular Distance Learning as Provided in DepEd Order No. 037, s. 2022
In consideration of the well-being of the learners affected by extreme climate conditions as they attend in-person classes, this Office reiterates DepEd Order No. 037, s. 2022, titled “Guidelines on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Schools in the Event of Natural Disasters, Power Outages/Power Interruptions, and Other Calamities. DO 037, s. 2022 provides for the implementation of modular distance learning in the event of canceled or suspended classes due to natural disasters, calamities, and human-induced hazards to ensure learning continuity and that learning competencies and objectives are met.
Additionally, and in relation to the announcement of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last March 21, 2023, which marked the beginning of the warm and dry season in which warmer temperatures are expected, this Office reminds School Heads of their authority and responsibility, consistent with Rule VI, Section 6.1 of DepEd Order No. 01, s. 2003 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9155, to suspend in-person classes and implement modular distance learning in cases of unfavorable weather and environment such as, but not limited to, extremely high temperatures which may considerably affect the conduct of classroom learning and put the learners’ health and wellbeing at risk.
Schools Division Offices, through the Schools Division Superintendent, shall monitor schools implementing the said modality and shall submit a report on the aforementioned to the Regional Director.