The Department of Education-Rizal (DepEd Rizal) announced the suspension of classes in all schools in the province starting Jan. 17, Monday, until Jan. 29, due to the spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
The suspension of classes was based on a memorandum issued on Jan. 14 by Schools Division Superintendent Cherrylou Repia of DepEd Rizal.
The suspension covers all levels in all public schools in the entire province of Rizal, both online and virtual activities, “in consideration of the teachers and learners’ health and well-being due to the COVID-19 surge.”
Earlier, DepEd Region 4-A Director Francis Cesar Bringas issued a memorandum (Deped-4A-01A-RM-22-32) dated Jan. 13, calling for the suspension of classes and other school activities from Jan. 17 to Jan. 29 and encouraging the schools “division offices to make necessary adjustments in the curriculum once new directives are issued”.
Private schools are not included in the class suspension order as the DepEd Region 4-A is leaving the discretion of suspending classes to the respective schools based on the consensus of the parents’ association of the private educational institution.
The class suspension will result in the extension of the school break for students as DepEd earlier set the dates Jan. 31, Monday, to Feb. 5, Saturday, as the mid-year break.
Classes in public schools in Rizal Province will resume on Feb. 7 for the continuation of the Second Academic Quarter.