Heat wave suspends face-to-face classes

WITH the recurring heat wave, Roxas City temporarily suspended face-to-face classes while bringing back online learning. “The Roxas City Schools Division of the Department of Education (DepEd) was advised to adopt blended and alternative instructional or learning modalities,” said Mayor Ronnie Dadivas.
This was after Dadivas suspended classes in both public and private schools from preschool to senior high school last Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 2024. Dadivas followed the recommendation made by the
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) of the city after weather bureau PAGASA warned of heat index reaching 42 degrees Celsius. “This is classified as dangerous, which may cause or lead to dangerous heat-related disorders with prolonged exposure or physical activity,” said Dadivas in Executive Order No. 11-Series of 2024. While Dadivas left the discretion to colleges and universities, Capiz State University (CAPSU) is implementing blended learning system for daytime classes while night-time classes are still onsite.
“Faculty must attach proof of evidence of online/modular classes,” said CAPSU President Dr. Editha Alfon in a March 14 memo order. The heat wave in Roxas City and the rest of Panay Island started last March 7 when the heat index registered more than 40 degrees Celsius. (Tara Yap/MB)