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CHED issues guidelines on
suspension of classes

MANILA – The Commission on Higher Education has issued guidelines to clarify when higher education institutions will implement suspension of classes in the event of typhoons and floods.

"Classes at the collegiate level, including graduate school, are automatically suspended if the proper authorities have declared Storm Signal No. 3 or higher," CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan said, citing CHED Memorandum No. 34.

She said the guidelines were in line with the rules stipulated by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council amid the onset of the rainy season.

Last week, schools across Metro Manila and CALABARZON (Cavite/Laguna/Batangas/Rizal/Quezon) area suspended classes amid severe flooding caused by tropical depression "Dodong."

Licuanan said that if there are no official announcement from CHED, heads of higher education institutions, including graduate schools, have the discretion to suspend classes if special circumstances in their area such as flooding, road damage, etc., warrant it.

"HEI heads or their duly authorized representatives shall make the announcement for the suspension of classes not later than 5 o'clock in the morning of the day when it shall take effect, using all means of communication," she added.

The order also said that even without the suspension of classes, students who are unable to report to class or participate in scheduled activities such as examinations, due to inclement weather, shall be given consideration and be allowed to make up for the missed class or activity.*PNA


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