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Scorching Heat Prompts Shift

Amid Extreme Heat, Batangas Schools Embrace Distance Learning

Apr 8, 2024, 7:40 AM
Opinyon Batangas News Team

Opinyon Batangas News Team


TANAUAN CITY — In response to the recent Regional Memorandum No. 233 or the "Adoption of Modular Distance Learning and Preventive Measures During Extremely High Temperatures," public schools in Batangas announced compliance by immediately implementing the directives as outlined by the Department of Education (DepEd).

The heat index in the province spiked to as high as 41 degrees Celsius last Tuesday, April 2, 2024, particularly in this city.

Aside from Tanauan, several schools in Sto. Tomas City have already shifted to online classes for grade schoolers immediately after the Holy Week.

More schools are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks owing to the increasing heat index being felt across the archipelago.

Educators' Responsibility

As of now, the Education Department announced that around 5,000 schools across the country have already implemented modular or distant learning.

The memo, emphasized the paramount importance of prioritizing the health and safety of both students and educators, reiterates the guidelines set forth in DepEd Order No. 037, s. 2022.

Specifically, it underscores the implementation of Modular Distance Learning (MDL) as a preventive measure during adverse weather conditions, including situations of extreme heat.

School administrators are reminded of their authority and responsibility to suspend face-to-face (F2F) classes and transition to MDL when local weather conditions, as indicated by the heat index, reach 40 degrees Celsius and above.

This decision is based on recommendations provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) and local government units.

Proactive Approach

Furthermore, the Regional Management Committee unanimously agrees that a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius serves as the minimum threshold for the suspension of face-to-face classes and the subsequent adoption of MDL.

However, in cases of extreme discomfort or health risks caused by high temperatures, even if the threshold is not met, school heads are granted the discretion to suspend in-person classes and opt for MDL.

It is essential that any such decision is accompanied by a report submitted to the Office of the Superintendent.

This proactive approach underscores the commitment of Batangas schools to ensuring the well-being of students and staff members, even amidst challenging environmental conditions.

By adhering to DepEd directives and prioritizing safety measures, educational institutions continue to demonstrate resilience and adaptability in the face of evolving circumstances.

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