Bacolod: Shortened class hours eyed in Himamaylan

photo courtesy of The Visayan Daily Star

Bacolod City – Amidst the high heat index in Negros Occidental, the Department of Education – Division of Himamaylan City is finalizing plans to shorten class hours in the different schools under its jurisdiction, Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson disclosed.

Over the past several weeks, classes have been suspended by Tongson in Himamaylan City, in coordination with the Department of Education.

Tongson said the plan to shorten classes in Himamaylan City was recently discussed by the Local School Board.

“We will adjust school hours, like starting classes early for morning shifts, while those in areas where there is not much heat, whole day classes will still be implemented,” the mayor said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier issued guidelines concerning the cancellation or suspension of classes and work in schools during natural disasters, power outages, or other calamities, particularly amidst the high heat index experienced across different parts of the country.

In a statement, DepEd emphasized that these provisions are outlined in Department Order 037 issued in 2022. Specifically, DepEd has granted school heads the authority and discretion to suspend in-person classes and transition to alternative delivery modes (ADM) in cases of extreme heat and other calamities that may endanger the health and safety of learners, teachers, and non-teaching personnel.

The agency reported that as of last week, a total of 4,769 schools nationwide are implementing Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM).

The suspension of in-person classes due to hot weather, DepEd noted, is affecting 2,482,507 students.

“It is in the best interest of the learning community to conduct localized assessments for timely response and interventions to ensure the welfare of learners and personnel,” DepEd said. (Gilbert Bayoran via Visayan Daily Star)

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