Schools urged to monitor pupils’ health

February 07, 2020

THE Department of Education (DepEd) ordered all schools to closely monitor the health status of learners, specifically for possible presence of infection.

The Preventive Alert System in Schools (PASS) shall be used for this purpose.

The move is due to the vulnerability of school children in acquiring communicable diseases all schools such as measles, influenza, chicken pox and the like.

The PASS will  performed daily  health inspection by  teachers and health personnel, and referral of cases shall be done to  health authorities.

School Health Personnel at the Schools Division Office shall include a consolidated report on the diagnosed cases of diseases in the weekly 2019-nCoV Health Situation Report to be submitted every Friday, through e-mail

The DepEd issued a first set of policy  for  “Task Force nCoV” which aims to protect schools from the threat of the deadly virus.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said flu virus is a “matter of serious and urgent concern.”

The task force “stands ready to contribute to overall government efforts for the management of this public health situation,” Briones said.

Last February 2,  President Rodrigo Duterte oredered  all heads of departments, agencies, and offices of the government  to adopt, coordinate and implement  guidelines  to be issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines  of  nCoV.