First Set of Policy Directives of the DepEd Task Force nCoV

DepEd Order No. 015, s. 2020
February 4, 2020

First Set of Policy Directives of the DepEd Task Force nCoV

1. The Department of Education (DepEd) issued on February 1, 2020, DepEd Memorandum (DM) No. 011, s. 2020, titled Creation of a Task Force for the Management of Department of Education Response to Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD), following the expansion of the DepEd Quick Response and Recovery Team (QRRT) that included 2019-nCoV ARD. The memorandum declares that the DepEd regards the 2019-nCoV ARD as a matter of serious and urgent concern, and supports the overall efforts of the Philippine government to manage this public health situation.

2. On February 2, 2020, the President issued a directive on the containment and neutralization of the spread of the 2019-nCoV ARD. Accordingly, all heads of departments, agencies, offices, and instrumentalities of the government were directed to adopt, coordinate, and implement the said guideline and such other guidelines to be issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines created by Executive Order No. 168, s. 2014, with the Department of Health as chairperson.

3. Pursuant to the directive of the President and DM 011, s. 2020, and in consideration of current government efforts to contain the 2019-nCoV ARD, this memorandum is being issued for the information and guidance of DepEd officials, personnel and staff at the Central, Regional and Division Offices and schools nationwide.

4. This memorandum provides a background/situationer on the 2019-nCoV ARD, policy directives, and guidelines in the following enclosures: 

Enclosure No. 1 - Background and Situationer;
Enclosure No. 2 - Measures for the Prevention and Control of the 2019-
nCoV ARD in Basic Education Schools and Offices;
Enclosure No. 3 - Formation/Activation of DRRM Teams in DepEd
Regional Offices, Schools Division Offices, and Schools;
Enclosure No. 4 - Operationalizing the Preventive Alert System in Schools
Enclosure No. 5 - Safety Precautions and Protocols;
Enclosure No. 6 - Guidance for School Administrators to Help Reduce the
Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K to 12 Schools;
Enclosure No. 7 - Protect Yourself from Coronavirus;
Enclosure No. 8 - Medical Referral Form; and
Encloshre No. 9 - 2019-nCoV ARD Health Situation Report Template.

5. In the interest of public health, all public and private basic education schools and learning centers are duty-bound to exercise due diligence and take precautionary measures to minimize exposure to risks associated with the 2019-nCoV ARD and support government efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Private schools are highly encouraged to adopt the precautionary measures contained in this

6. For information, please contact the Bureau of Learner Support Services–School Health Division, through email at or at telephone number (02) 8632-9935.

7. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

Department of Education

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