In response to the clamor of students and teachers, the Schools Division Office of Quezon City (SDO-QC) has implemented changes in teaching modalities due to the unfavorable extreme heat.
Following the order of the Department of Education endorsing modular distance learning in the event of natural disasters, power outages/interruptions, and other calamities, the SDO-QC has allowed various delivery modalities including shortened class periods in some public schools in Quezon City.
Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed full support to the initiative, in order to protect the school children from extreme weather conditions.
“Our utmost priority will always be the welfare of our children. Since the summer heat is too much to bear, especially in classrooms, we welcome the implementation of blended, modular, or shortened class periods for public schools,” Mayor Belmonte said.
The memorandum provides that school heads are required to report their delivery mode weekly depending on the changing weather as reported by PAGASA.
For the first week of May, out of 95 elementary schools, two have implemented print modular, 13 blended, and 10 shortened class periods.
Meanwhile, out of 63 secondary schools, two have implemented print modular, 26 blended, and 8 shortened class periods.
The shortened class period is from 6:00AM to 10:30AM for the morning batch and 2:00PM to 6:30PM for the afternoon batch. The choice of modality was determined after consultation with all stakeholders.