O.B. Montessori postpones opening of classes from June 15 to 22

June 11, 2009 11:54 am 

MANILA, June 11 — The O.B. Montessori Center Incorporated on Thursday postponed the opening of classes in all its branches from June 15, Monday until June 22 due to the threat of the dreaded AH1N1 virus.

The school, which has four branches—Grenhills, Sta. Ana, Las Pinas and Angeles in Pampanga said the suspension will “ease out the flow of students entering the school premises as officials take preventive measures on the influenza virus through a screening program which will be implemented on the first day of classes.

In a statement posted on its website, parents and school children may call the following numbers 7229720 (Greenhills), 5647898 (Sta. Ana), 8203011 (Las Pinas, (045)- 3227956 (Angeles) or log-in at the school’s website, www.obmontessori.edu.ph for development.

Another elementary school in the province of Nueva Ecija north of Metro Manila was also closed for 10 days starting Thursday after one of its students tested positive for the virus.

Authorities said the student from the Helera Elementary school in Jaen town was one of 15 new cases that the Department of Health (DoH) confirmed, bringing the country’s total number of cases of the disease to 92.

It was the second school that the DOH quarantined, after the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, where several students were confirmed to have the disease since last week when the first case to hit a campus in the country surfaced.

Aside from the DLSU, the DOH has also found positive A/H1N1 case at the Far Eastern University-East Asia College, College of Saint Benilde and at the Ateneo High School.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has ordered the suspension of classes in the tertiary level which was supposed to start last June 8.

But the Commission said classes will go on as scheduled on June 15.

For his part, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus reminded school officials to strictly adhere to the DOH guidelines and the Response Alert Level System on the prevention of the influenza virus as well as the suspension of classes.

Lapus also said DepEd is conducting an information drive for parents and school children to be aware of the nature of the virus. (PNA) /V3/HCT/

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