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GESM School Closure Policy, especially for weather conditions 

updated 4th December 2019

GESM acts on the PAGASA advisory’s typhoon signals and rainfall colour code, furthermore on warnings by the Paranaque Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Team (LDRRMC). GESM also strictly follows school closings by the Mayor of Paranaque.  

These official rules apply to students and class activities in school, they include also senior high school. For teachers and administrative staff differnt rules apply. Teachers are in contact with their students to pass on tasks and materials, or to give support. 

 

Closing school means: 

 

  • After an alert in the morning, all lessons, events inside and outside school, field-trips, outings and other activities are automatically cancelled. The closing of school in the morning extends until 17:00.  

  • After an alert by 12.00 noon due to a severe weather change later in the day, afternoon classes and activities are cancelled.  

 

Please be aware that the basis of the school management decision to close the school are the following sources: 

  

  • the PAGASA page on typhoons and heavy rainfalls 

  • the official Facebook page of the LDRRMC on traffic conditions 

  • and/or cancellation for weather and traffic conditions, or any other reason, as published on the Mayor’s official Facebook page,  

 

Other reliable information based on the mentioned sources can be found on TV channels: ABS-CBN  (Channel2) and GMA 7 which both offer apps for „walang pasok“  (no school). 

 

As responsibility for the transport to school lies with the parents, they are obliged to inform themselves from the indicated sources, and also consider the individual conditions at their location to avoid any risk that may occur. 

 

Guidelines for different cases of cancellation 

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a. Typhoon signal number 1, as displayed by PAGASAfor METRO MANILA:  

Lessons and events, including outings and other activities are automatically cancelled for students in Kindergarten, Vorschule, Early Years and Pre-Primary. Teachers come to school. 

 

b. Typhoon signal number 2 or 3, as displayed by PAGASA for METRO MANILA:  

Lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are automatically cancelled in all grades for all students. School is closed. 

 

c. Heavy rainfall advisory of Orange or Red displayed by PAGASA  for Metro Manila and/or Paranaque:  

Lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are automatically cancelled in all grades for all students. School is closed. 

 

​d. Notification of school closure by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRMC):  

Lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are automatically cancelled in all grades for all students. School is closed. 

 

e. ​School-Closures/Cancellation of classes by the Mayor of Paranaque due to weather or traffic:  

Lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are automatically cancelled for all grades for all students. School is closed. 

 

f. Special weather conditions at parents’ residence:  

Local conditions at your residence may require a separate decision on your part. Please inform the school secretary about your child’s absence if this is the case. 

 

Communication between GESM and parents 

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GESM will inform you as early as possible by notification in English via SMS blast, mail (German and English), and website pop-ups (English on English website).  

  • If you don’t receive an SMS or other notification, be aware of the signal or colour code warning and follow the guidelines a) to f).  

  • Please report the non-receipt of the notification to the school secretary. 

 

Children arriving at school during a school closure 

  

In case a child arrives at school on a day when school is cancelled, it will still be supervised at school, parents will be notified and asked to make arrangements for transport back home. 

 

  • Please be aware that for this and other cases, GESM needs to be informed, when a child can be picked up at school or carried back home by bus to be supervised at home. 

 

Commentary 

Legal basis 

GESM and LFM are required by law to follow the DepEd guidelines and procedures with regards to typhoons and flood warnings, and the official announcements of the Parañaque Mayor. 

 

Timely information 

Law prescribes information to all schools should be issued before 4.30 am. In some cases, information is sent out later by authorities, so that buses have already taken on students. Please also consider that coordination between LFM and GESM may also need additional time. 

 

Other sources of information 

Please be also aware that pages in social media and in "walang pasok" are not reliable. 

 

Pagasa Pages 

Pagasa pages are sometimes difficult to read. The signal must be on the map over Metro Manila, Metro Manila must be mentioned in the list of areas affected. In case of rain, there must be an explicit warning with the colour code and a reference to Paranaque, not only mention of heavy rainfall in the general description of the weather conditions.  

It is sometimes easier to receive the information from the TV channels mentioned above. 

 

Bus coordination 

It might happen that the school bus arrives at your home after you have received the cancellation message. In such cases please rely only on the information sent to you by school management. 

 

Field trips 

Field trips and excursions to a resort are also cancelled when school is closed. 

 

Attachment  

Texts for SMS-blasts, e-mail-blasts and website pop-up to parents on school closures:  

Message regarding a)  

Dear Parents: When Typhoon signal number 1 is displayed by PAGASA for METRO MANILA, lessons and events, including outings and other activities are cancelled automatically for students in Kindergarten, Vorschule, Early Years and Pre-Primary (today), *date*.  Teachers come to school. 

Message regarding b)  

Dear Parents: When Typhoon signal number 2 or 3 is displayed by PAGASA for METRO MANILA, lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are cancelled automatically in all grades for all students. School is closed today, *date*.  

Message regarding c)  

Dear Parents: Due to the heavy rainfall advisory (Orange or Red) displayed by PAGASA for Metro Manila and/or Paranaque, lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are cancelled automatically in all grades for all students. School is closed today, *date*.  

Message regarding d)  

Dear Parents: Due the notification of school closure by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC), lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are cancelled by the school management in all grades for all students. School is closed today, *date*.  

 

Message regarding e)  

Dear Parents: Due to unforeseen school closure by the Mayor of Paranaque, lessons and events, including outings and other activities, are cancelled by the school management in all grades for all students. School is closed today, *date*.   

 

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