The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday announced that school heads and local education officials are authorized to suspend classes in schools and areas where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In a memorandum dated February 12, DepEd said regional and division heads, as well as school administrators, will be allowed to suspend classes if one school has one confirmed case of COVID-19.
“If two or more schools in one city or municipality have confirmed a positive case of 2019-nCov ARD, the SDSs can declare the suspension of classes in the affected schools and adjacent areas or, depending on the local situation, in the entire city or municipality.”
The department also said classes in entire cities or provinces may also be suspended if there is already a confirmed community-level transmission of the virus.
“If there is a community-level transmission in two or more provinces, regional directors can declare suspension of classes in the affected provinces or, depending on the local situation, in the entire region,” it added.
Meanwhile, DepEd encouraged private schools to also adopt the precautionary measures it included in its policy directives regarding COVID-19.
- First Set of Policy Directives of the DepEd Task Force nCoV
- DepEd issues preventive measures against nCoV, suspends major February events
- DepEd Official Statement on the Novel Coronavirus