The Minister of Education, Raúl Figueroa, announced this Saturday a «step by step» plan back to face-to-face classes, together with the head of Health, Enrique Paris.Figueroa detailed that «together with the Ministry of Health we have designed a plan so that ‘step by step’ we can reopen our schools. It has three pillars, which are security, voluntary and gradual.» In the same line, he detailed that «establishments must complete seven steps to make a safe return, related to health measures and protocols.» It is the establishments themselves together with their communities that decide to open their doors. No parent is obliged to have their daughter attend their establishment,» he said. Figueroa stressed that «reopening schools is an important element for the development of our young people, but it will not be carried out without security measures.» He also argued that «to date, there are 280 applications to reopen schools voluntarily and gradually and 60 have already opened their doors.» Reopening schools, only in territories where sanitary conditions allow, is a very important thing for all our children and young people. Absolutely voluntary. It is everyone’s job to take this challenge forward,» the Minister of Education said.