Governments of at least six states announced the suspension of face-to-face classes at all levels starting this Tuesday and not until March 20, as recommended by the PMI in the Healthy Distance program.
In Veracruz, classes will be suspended in the municipalities of Veracruz; Boca del Río; Medellin, and Alvarado to prevent possible cases of COVID-19.
At a press conference, state education headline Zenyazen Escobar Garcia explained that this decision was made based on the federal government’s requests to pursue actions by region.
The official asked parents to stay informed about data arising according to health determinations.
“Telling these municipalities that it is not a holiday is isolation and all the security measures generated by the authorities must be complied with,” he said.
As for the rest of the municipalities, Escobar García noted that classes will be canceled from March 20.
#EnVivo Press conference: Prevention measures for the education sector by CORONAVID-19 coronavirus. The health of children and youth will protect it together. https://t.co/GC0dMZHueA
— Government of Veracruz (@GobiernoVer) March 16, 2020
Although the state has not reported positive cases, the government led by Silvano Aureoles decided to suspend classes at all educational levels starting on Tuesday.
On his Twitter account, Aureoles reported that the goal of this measure is to prevent critical cases as has happened in other parts of the world.
1. This 17 March classes are suspended at all educational levels, in public and private schools, until 20 April.
2. The Tianguis Artesanal de Uruapan is postponed until further notice.
3. The Palm Sunday State Craft Competition will be held behind closed doors.
— Silvano Aureoles (@Silvano_A) March 16, 2020
The governor noted that this and other measures to be implemented are to make extreme forecasts and keep the population protected.
In addition to the suspension of classes, the Tianguis Artesanal de Uruapan as well as the Expo Fiesta 2020 will be postponed.
Aureoles said the Covid-19 care centres will be strengthened at airports, bus terminals and the port of Lázaro Cárdenas.
The governor asked the Michoacans not to panic and abide by prevention measures.
The governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, decided to advance the suspension of classes throughout the state, in order to prevent more cases of coronavirus in the entity.
“I have instructed the Ministry of Education to advance the suspension of classes from next Tuesday, March 17 and until April 20, this as a preventive measure before COVID-19,” he reported on his Twitter account.
I have instructed the @EducacionSEG to advance the suspension of classes from next Tuesday, March 17 and until April 20, this as a precautionary measure before the #COVID19. I invite you to follow the recommendations of the @SaludGuanajuato https://t.co/Fslhf12Fh6
— Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo (@diegosinhue) March 15, 2020
The Panist governor urged the people of Guanajuato to follow the recommendations of the State Ministry of Health, and detailed that the suspension of classes will apply to all levels of education.
Sinhue Rodríguez will request the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Higher Education of the State of Guanajuato (SICES) and all educational institutions to join this preventive measure.
At the moment, Guanajuato has not confirmed any cases of COVID-19, but has 15 in investigation, seven of them in León, four in Celaya and one in the municipalities of Guanajuato, Tierra Blanca and Victoria.
The Tamaulipas government also announced the suspension of classes at all levels of the State Education System, starting on Tuesday, March 17.
This is in line with the prevention measures recommended by the State Health Safety Committee and the Ministry of Education in Tamaulipas (SET).
The measure will apply in preschools, primary, secondary, high school and universities until April 17, and activities will resume on Monday, April 20.
In a statement, the Tamaulipas government clarified that suspension of classes “does not mean a holiday period, but a measure for parents and students to be co-responsible for the prevention and containment of the condition.”
So he asked that his activities outside the home be limited to the maximum, mainly in those places of high population concentration.
In addition to the classes all civic acts, sports activities and festivals are suspended.
Until this Monday, March 16, Tamaulipas does not record confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In accordance with the recommendations of the State Committee on Health Safety and @EDUCATAM, from this Tuesday, March 17, all classes and activities will be suspended at all educational levels of #Tamaulipas. https://t.co/zeOkEPmWct
— Fco. Cow’s Head (@fgcabezadevaca) March 16, 2020
The governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, said he disagreed with suspending classes until March 20, so he took the move for Tuesday.
Through a video, the governor called the PMI’s decision “wrong” and noted that “classes must be suspended now.”
It noted that the decision was agreed upon after the review of actions that other countries, such as Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, took to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“You have to be conscious, active and prepared, not with fear, but with responsibility. We ask people to help us take care of themselves,” the state representative said.
The Jalisco Ministry of Education will work this week with teachers to create mechanisms to help “save the school cycle.”
“I’d rather they say we’re making an exaggerated decision than take responsibility for not making decisions when they should have been made,” Alfaro said.
This is an announcement of the greatest relevance about the #coronavirus in Jalisco. Please listen to him and help us share it:
— Enrique Alfaro (@EnriqueAlfaroR) March 15, 2020
On Tuesday, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, governor of Nuevo León, joined the governors who will advance the suspension of classes.
Unlike other cases, El Bronco notes that the resumption of classes “will be defined based on coronavirus behavior.”
In a brief statement, the governor clarifies that the measure will apply to elementary, middle and upper education students on public and private campuses.
Parents are asked to keep children in isolation and avoid going to places with massive concentrations of people.
— JAIME RDZ EL BRONCO (@JaimeRdzNL) March 16, 2020
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