Gullas: Let schools decide whether to suspend classes during extreme weather

PUBLIC and private schools in Talisay City may soon be able to suspend classes in cases of extreme weather without having to wait for an order from the local government unit or the Department of Education (DepEd).

Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas said he wants school officials to immediately notify students and parents that there will be no classes if they think the weather situation is dangerous for the children.

"I plan to talk to DepEd that I want to have a memo or executive order that will allow localized suspension. I would like to have a committee in each school, most likely maybe involving the PTA (Parents-Teachers Association) and the school head. That’s what I want to discuss with the DepEd,” he said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

The mayor said he already ordered the engineering department to check on schools that need to be repaired following last week’s heavy downpour in which a portion of a school in Barangay Cansojong was inundated by flood water.

Councilor Eduardo "Digul" Gullas, committee on education chairman, said he received reports that students were forced to wade in the flood during the heavy downpour.

“I asked the engineering department to help us contact all the schools in the city to ask them about their status when it rains hard. We want to prevent a repeat of what happened in Cansojong,” he said in Cebuano.

He said his office sent sacks of cement to the school in Cansojong to help with repairs.

Meanwhile, Councilor Danilo Caballero, chairman on disaster resilience, has requested the Office of the Building Official to check structures in public schools for problems so these can be addressed immediately. (BBT)