Here is a very valid reason why the DepEd (Gosh, when will it stop being DECS to me? Is it true that Lourdes Quisumbing is no longer Education Secretary? lol) should be more decisive (well, quicker to decide anyway) about suspension of classes due to rain. Xylee, a pretty 3rd grader whose family attends our church, was hit by a Starex van as she was walking home after they had been sent home from school. Her house is just a couple of blocks from the school and since she probably thought that her mother didn't know that classes had been suspended, she thought her recourse was to just go home by herself. The road from the school to their house isn't a main thoroughfare but it does have a steady flow of traffic. The thing is, her mother had, in fact, known about the suspension and had gone to the school to pick her up, but they unfortunately missed each other. Anyway, Xylee was sideswiped by the van and as far as I know, has so far had an operation on her leg since a vein was broken. I'm not sure but I think a chunk of flesh had also been dislodged so you can see the leg bone. The driver who hit her is paying for her hospitalization, but still I would like to ask you to pray for Xylee's healing and complete recovery. I don't know much about these things, but I do pray that there is no lasting damage on her leg and her ability to walk.