The Department of Education (DepEd) on Saturday reiterated that public schools will start classes for school year 2009-2010 on June 1, despite the confirmation of the country's first influenza A (H1N1) victim.
"In my consultation with (Health) Secretary (Francisco) Duque, he says that as of this time, classes may start as scheduled," Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said in a statement.
Lapus assured the public that the DepEd is in close coordination with health officials, who committed to advise them on this matter immediately.
Owing to the public's concern on the possible effect of the swine flu scare with the opening of classes, the DepEd published DepEd Memo 238 for regional and division offices and schools to implement an Anti-Influenza A(H1N1) campaign.
The memorandum states that school health and nutrition personnel will be mobilized to disseminate information on the prevention and control of common diseases.
Lapus has instructed school officials to lead in maintaining sanitation in the school surroundings. DOH will also distribute to all regions and divisions some flip-charts and CDs on dengue.
The DOH earlier recommended that the opening of classes in public elementary and secondary schools on June 1 should push through, since there is no community-level outbreak of the disease.