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.
"We're thinking of the possibility that classes will resume by January," Teodoro said in an interview on ANC.
Marikina was among the hardest-hit by Ulysses, with heavy floods prompting calls for rescue and aid on social media.
At the height of Ulysses onslaught last week, Teodoro appealed for air assets to rescue residents trapped in their roofs, saying boats would no longer suffice.
"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. "People cannot access their homes."
As of Tuesday, Teodoro said some 3,000 families in Marikina are still in evacuation centers while some 9,000 households are still without power.