Nineteen out of 20 towns and cities in the province under the Negros Occidental Division of the Department of Education (DepEd) have opted to suspend face-to-face classes on the first day of the new school year in public schools due to heavy rains.
According to Ian Arnold Arnaez, the spokesperson for DepEd Negros Occidental Division, Toboso is the only town that proceeded with face-to-face classes on this day. However, even within Toboso, 19 out of the 25 schools have also chosen to suspend classes due to the lack of viable alternatives like online or modular learning.
Due to inclement weather conditions and challenges in implementing remote learning, local chief executives of the affected towns and cities took the decision to suspend classes.
The towns of Pulupandan and Don Salvador Benedicto have declared class suspensions until August 31, emphasizing the priority of student safety and well-being in the midst of unpredictable weather patterns.
The non-stop rain caused by typhoon Goring has resulted to flooding around the province and has affected 91,236 Negros Occidental and Bacolod residents.