Classes in Marikina might resume in January next year, its Mayor Marcy Teodoro said Tuesday as the city reeled from severe flooding spawned by Typhoon Ulysses.
All online and modular distance learning classes in all levels in both public and private schools in Marikina are suspended until Dec. 16 to provide families time to fix homes that were heavily flooded, Teodoro earlier announced.
But Christmas break will immediately follow the month-long suspension of classes, suggesting a possible resumption next year.
“I decided to suspend classes because the proper environment is not present at this point in time for our students to have their distance learning at home,” Teodoro said.
The mayor explained that many students have lost their self-learning modules to floodwaters. Homes are covered in mud and many areas are still without water and electricity.
“Dahil sa laki ng pinsala na dulot ng bagyong Ulysses, maraming lugar pa ang may makapal na putik, walang kuryente at tubig, unstable ang internet connectivity at ang mga modules at gadgets na ginagamit sa pag-aaral ay nabasa at nasira dahil sa baha,” Teodoro said.
Marikina bore the brunt of Ulysses which triggered heavy flooding in the city. The floods prompted calls for rescue and help on social media with photos showing authorities using rubber boats to save residents trapped on roofs.
Some 9,000 homes are still without electricity as of Tuesday, Teodoro said. Thousands of families are also still staying at evacuation centers.
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