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CALABARZON Schools May Implement Modular Distance Learning Amidst Rising Temperatures

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In response to the escalating heatwave, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region IV-A has issued a directive that may lead to the suspension of face-to-face classes in areas where the heat index soars to 40 degrees Celsius or higher.

As an alternative, modular distance learning (MDL) is set to be implemented, following advisories from local government units (LGUs).

This decision, detailed in Regional Memorandum No. 233 s 2024, aims to ensure the safety and well-being of students and faculty by adapting to the extreme weather conditions that have been affecting the country.

The memorandum outlines the criteria for suspending in-person classes and transitioning to MDL, a system that has been utilized previously during the pandemic to facilitate continuous education amidst various disruptions.

School heads are required to report any suspension of classes and the shift to MDL to the Office of the Superintendent.

This measure is not only a precaution against the health risks posed by the intense heat but also a testament to the flexibility and resilience of the educational system in the Philippines.

The move to MDL is seen as a proactive approach to safeguard the educational process while prioritizing the health of the school community.

It reflects the ongoing commitment of DepEd to provide uninterrupted learning opportunities, regardless of the challenges posed by the climate.

As the country grapples with the effects of climate change, such adaptive strategies in the education sector highlight the importance of being prepared for environmental contingencies.

The modular distance learning program is designed to be a robust and versatile educational model capable of withstanding the demands of a changing world.

The implementation of MDL will be closely monitored by DepEd officials, and schools are encouraged to maintain open lines of communication with parents and students to ensure a smooth transition.

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