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To:  The Miriam College Community
From:  The President
Re:  Updated Guidelines on Cancellation of Work and Classes Due to Inclement Weather 
Date: 28 June 2017

We would like to inform the community that Miriam College will follow the guidelines on the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather issued by the Department of Education (DepEd Order No. 43, series of 2012) for the Basic Education Units, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED M.O. 15, series of 2012) for the Higher Education Unit (undergraduate and graduate programs).


I.  Automatic Cancellation of Work and Classes 


The automatic suspension of work and classes due to inclement weather will be based on the following public storm warning signals from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA): 

Signal No. 1 - Cancellation of classes in the Child Study Center and MC-SAID Pre-School
 
Signal No. 2 - Cancellation of classes in the Lower School, Middle School, High School, MC SAID Grade School and High School, and the Miriam Adult Education 
 
Signal No. 3 and higher - Cancellation of work and classes at all levels
                                                            
When classes are suspended due to storm signal number 1 or 2, the academic teaching staff members (faculty) of the levels concerned are not required to report for work. However, the Administrative Services Group, Professional Group, Academic Non-teaching Staff and Administration employees are expected to report for work. 



II.  Localized Cancellation of Work and Classes (DepEd Order No. 43 s. 2012)

A. As stated in the most recent guidelines issued by the DepEd, “in the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAGASA, localized cancellation/suspension of classes in both public and private schools… may be implemented by the local chief executives in their capacity as chairpersons of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.” 

“Any decision to cancel or suspend classes must come from the local government.  A school head may only cancel or suspend classes in cases where urgent action is needed to prevent loss of life or bodily harm.”

Parents are advised to monitor media advisories coming from government agencies such as the PAGASA, Local Government Unit/Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council, Regional or National DRRM Councils, and the Office of the President (Malacañang).

Students who are not able to report for school will be required to present an excuse letter upon return to class.  This will alert the teachers regarding the reason for their absence.  Be assured that the school will be very considerate to students who are absent on these days.  No tests, examinations, graded recitations or oral reports, etc. will be held in these cases.


B. Consistent with the DepEd guidelines, the school will also rely on the discretion of parents to decide if their child/ren will attend class. 

“The DepEd still maintains that parents have the ultimate responsibility of determining whether their children should go to school, even if no order for cancellation/suspension of classes has been issued, if they feel that traveling to or from school will place their children at risk.”


C. For employees affected by floods or strong winds, the policy on force majeure leave will apply. 


D. Schedule of Mid-day Suspension of Classes

The dismissal time for mid-day suspension of classes will be as follows:

Child Study Center
First Step 10:15 a.m.  
Nursery 10:30 a.m.
Kindergarten 10:30 a.m.

Lower School
Grade 1 - 11:50 a.m.       
Grade 2 - 11:15 a.m.
Grade 3, 4 & 5  - 11:30 a.m. (M, T, F) / 11:20 a.m. (W, Th)      

Middle School 
Grades 6 to 8 - 11:55 a.m.       

High School
Grade 9-12 - 11:00 a.m.

MC-SAID
Grade School - 11:30 a.m.
High School - 12:00 n.n.

Higher Education and MAE   -    as announced 

In case of mid-day cancellation of classes, students from the Basic Education Units (BEU) will be allowed to leave the campus only when their fetchers arrive.  Faculty members of these units will be required to stay until advised by the Principal to leave.  

Cancellation of classes will apply for the entire day, even when the storm signal warning is lifted.


E.  Out-of-classroom activities 

In the event of class and work cancellation due to inclement weather or an emergency, all unit activities scheduled on the same day shall be automatically cancelled. Parents and students will be informed of the new schedules on Facebook, Twitter and the Miriam College website as soon as work and classes resume.

For weekend (Saturday and Sunday) activities, announcements will be posted via Facebook, Twitter and the website not later than 5:00 p.m. the day before.


F. Announcements

Announcements will be made through the following channels:

  • School trunk lines: 580-5400 to 28 and 435-9240 to 46
  • MC website homepage
  • MC Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Text messaging (only for emergency cases e.g. independent cancellation of classes/work by Miriam College)
The school will make announcements through major radio and television networks, particularly ABS-CBN and GMA 7, only in cases when it decides to cancel classes/work independently.



As a general guideline, it should be presumed that the absence of any announcement on cancellation of classes/work by government agencies or by the school means there will be classes/work.


Please be guided accordingly.

Early Enrollment

Venue: Second Floor Cafetorium

Date Unit
 April 17-18 (M-T)  HS Summer LEAP
 April 17-21 (M-F)  Summer Program
 April 18, 2017 (T)  CSC
 April 19, 2017 (W)  Lower School
 April 20, 2017 (Th)  Middle School
 April 21, 2017 (F)  High School



Regular Enrollment

Venue: Second Floor Cafetorium

 Date  Grade Level
May 2, 2017 (T)   Grade 1 (A-K)
May 3, 2017 (W)  Grade 1 (L-Z)
 May 4, 2017 (Th)  Grade 2 and 5 (A-Z)
 May 5, 2017 (F)  Grade 3 (A-Z)
 May 8, 2017 (M)  Grade 4
 May 9, 2017 (T)  Grade 6 (A-K)
 May 10, 2017 (W)  Grade 6 (L-Z)
 May 11, 2017 (Th)  Grade 7 (A-K)
 May 12, 2017 (F)  Grade 7 (L-Z)
 May 15, 2017 (M)  Grade 8 (A-K)
 May 16, 2017 (T)  Grade 8 (L-Z)
 May 17, 2017 (W  Grade 10 (A-K)
 May 18, 2017 (Th)  Grade 10 (L-Z)
 May 19, 2017 (F)  Grade 11 (A-K)
 May 22, 2017 (M)  Grade 11 (L-Z)
 May 23, 2017 (T)  Grade 12 (A-K)
 May 24, 2017 (W)  Grade 12 (L-Z)
 May 25, 2017 (Th)  Grade 9 (A-K)
 May 26, 2017 (F)  Grade 9 (L-Z)


College students, your parents and your siblings are invited to this events. Please contact the numbers below for reservations on or before April 6, Thursday:

The HEU Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) and the HEU Family Council, in coordination with the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) organized an eco-walk and talk for parents last February 18, 2017.
 
The activity began at the Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center with Trixie Sison, chairperson of the Department of Child Development and Education and HSSIC coordinator for the HEU, giving parents an orientation on the center’s different laboratories.  “Amazing”, was how one parent described the center with its state-of-the-art learning tools.   
 
From the HSSIC, Eric Buado, project assistant of ESI, led the group to a nature walk through the green campus starting from the Zone of Peace marker beside the HSSIC to the Loreta Castro Peace Garden at the SMT grounds.  The group also explored native trees and plants found at the ESI Atrium, Mollie’s Garden, Calachuchi Walk, and Science Garden.  
 
Mr. Buado gave interesting facts on the birds found inside the campus such as the Philippine Hanging Parrot, Olive-Back Sunbird, White-Crested Myna, Long-Tailed Shrike and Zebra Dove, and pointed to these birds perched on the trees to the delight of the parents.
 
After the one-hour nature walk, the group listened to a talk and participated in exercises on Mindful Parenting conducted by Sunshine Excel Cariño, an alumna, faculty at the Ateneo Grade School, and advocate of mindfulness for well-being.  Cariño has been giving seminars at the HEU through the Guidance and Counseling Office.
 
Angelina Bayaua Alcazar, associate dean for Student Affairs, said that the activity was a way for parents explore their daughters’ second home as well as a way of engaging them in the 90-year long history of the institution.

The MCHS Glee Club together with the Cultural and Classical Dance Club (CCDC) held their 12th joint concert dubbed “Sa ‘Tin” last February 3 and 4 at the Marian Auditorium.

The two day concert was held for the MC and high school community and for the family and friends of the performers.  At the helm is BEU Admissions Officer and MCHS Glee Glub conductor Nancy Roman.

The MCHS and CCDC sang and danced to Filipino classics and well-loved OPM songs to the delight of the audiences.  “We featured an all-OPM repertoire so we thought that “Sa ‘Tin” short for Sa Atin or Sariling Atin would be fitting. The concert also coincided with the celebration National Arts Month,” said Roman.

Among the songs featured were a medley of Saranggola ni Pepe, Mamang Sorbetero and Kalesa; medley of Galawgaw, Waray-WarayDalagang Pilipina and Manang Biday‘Til I Met YouKapag Tumibok ang PusoIkaw LamangForever More; and Paalam Na.

The CCDC and MCHS Glee Club have mounted several concerts since 2003 and “we have not stopped collaborating since then,” said Roman.


Selected HEU scholars attended the Philippine Scholars’ Convention for Leadership Excellence on February 3, 2017 at TUP Manila. The event, which carried the theme, “Inspiring Individuals, Transforming Community of Leaders through Education for Sustainable Development”, aimed to increase awareness on current scholarship opportunities here and abroad and to inspire young men and women to seek and accept leadership responsibilities as part of their contribution to social transformation.

The participants from Miriam College HEU were Clarisse Galit, 4th year BS Accountancy student and financial grantee; Daniella Sanuco, 2nd year, BS Accountancy student and merit scholar; Alissa Nepomuceno, 2nd year BA Psychology student and financial grantee; and Mignon Blythe Martinez, 3rd year BS Child Development and Education student and endowed scholar of Max’s Foundation Inc.

They were accompanied by Trisha Iris A. Barcenas of the HEU- Admissions Office.

Other participants include student leaders, young professionals, school administrators, scholarship coordinators from different colleges and universities and representatives from CHED, DSWD, Megawide Foundation, SGS Foundation, Charity First Foundation, Gokongwei Foundation, Erasmus +, and the Australian Embassy.

December 10-11, 2016

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December 10-11, 2016

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The newly-elected parent officers of the HEU Family Council, participated in a team building activity held last October 1, 2016 in Miriam College.  The team building was facilitated by Raul Luis Manaligod, a consultant and expert in organizational development and one of the longest-serving faculty in the College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy.

The council, led by its President, Ambassador Shirley Ho-Vicario, actively engaged in workshop activities, group sharing, and ice-breaker games.

This school year, the Family Council focuses its goals on introducing more relevant talks and workshops on parenting skills and family wellness. It will also continue to raise funds in support of the school’s scholarship program.

This is the 13th batch of parent officers since it started as a Core Group in school year 2004-2005.

We would like to inform the community that Miriam College will follow the guidelines on the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather issued by the Department of Education (DepEd Order No. 43, series of 2012) for the Basic Education Units, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED M.O. 15, series of 2012) for the Higher Education Unit (undergraduate and graduate programs).

I. Automatic Cancellation of Work and Classes 

The automatic suspension of work and classes due to inclement weather will be based on the following public storm warning signals from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA): 

Signal No. 1  - Cancellation of classes in the Child Study Center and MC-SAID Pre-School
Signal No. 2   - Cancellation of classes in the Lower School, Middle School, High School, MC SAID Grade School and High School, and the Miriam Adult Education 
Signal No. 3 and higher - Cancellation of work and classes at all levels

When classes are suspended due to storm signal number 1 or 2, the academic teaching staff members (faculty) of the levels concerned are not required to report for work. However, the Administrative Services Group, Professional Group, Academic Non-teaching Staff and Administration employees are expected to report for work.  



II. Localized Cancellation of Work and Classes (DepEd Order No. 43 s. 2012)


A. As stated in the most recent guidelines issued by the DepEd, “in the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAGASA, localized cancellation/suspension of classes in both public and private schools… may be implemented by the local chief executives in their capacity as chairpersons of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.” 

“Any decision to cancel or suspend classes must come from the local government.  A school head may only cancel or suspend classes in cases where urgent action is needed to prevent loss of life or bodily harm.”

Parents are advised to monitor media advisories coming from government agencies such as the PAGASA, Local Government Unit/Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council, Regional or National DRRM Councils, and the Office of the President (Malacañang).

Students who are not able to report for school will be required to present an excuse letter upon return to class. This will alert the teachers regarding the reason for their absence. Be assured that the school will be very considerate to students who are absent on these days. No tests, examinations, graded recitations or oral reports, etc. will be held in these cases.


B. Consistent with the DepEd guidelines, the school will also rely on the discretion of parents to decide if their child/ren will attend class. 

“The DepEd still maintains that parents have the ultimate responsibility of determining whether their children should go to school, even if no order for cancellation/suspension of classes has been issued, if they feel that traveling to or from school will place their children at risk.”


C. For employees affected by floods or strong winds, the policy on force majeure leave will apply. 


D. Schedule of Mid-day Suspension of Classes


The dismissal time for mid-day suspension of classes will be as follows:


Child Study Center

First Step  10:15 a.m. 
Nursery
 10:30 a.m
Kindergarten
  10:30 a.m.

Lower School 

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3, 4, and 5 
11:50 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM (M, T, F) OR 1:20 AM (W, Th) 

Middle School 
Grades 6 to 8             11:55 a.m.       

MC-SAID
Grade School   11:30 a.m.
High School     12:00 n.n.

High School - 11:00 a.m.

Higher Education and MAE - as announced 

In case of mid-day cancellation of classes, students from the Basic Education Units (BEU) will be allowed to leave the campus only when their fetchers arrive.  Faculty members of these units will be required to stay until advised by the Principal to leave.  

Cancellation of classes will apply for the entire day, even when the storm signal warning is lifted.



E. Out-of-classroom activities 

In the event of class and work cancellation due to inclement weather or an emergency, all unit activities scheduled on the same day shall be automatically cancelled. Parents and students will be informed of the new schedules on Facebook, Twitter and the Miriam College website as soon as work and classes resume.

For weekend (Saturday and Sunday) activities, announcements will be posted via Facebook, Twitter and the website not later than 5:00 p.m. the day before.



F. Announcements

Announcements will be made through the following channels:

  • School trunk lines: 580-5400 to 28 and 435-9240 to 46
  • MC website homepage
  • MC Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Text messaging (only for emergency cases e.g. independent cancellation of classes/work by Miriam College)
The school will make announcements through major radio and television networks, particularly ABS-CBN and GMA 7, only in cases when it decides to cancel classes/work independently.

As a general guideline, it should be presumed that the absence of any announcement on cancellation of classes/work by government agencies or by the school means there will be classes/work.

Please be guided accordingly.

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