Public Education Secretary (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, announced that, voluntarily, states at yellow traffic lights will be able to return to face-to-face classes in January 2021.
However, he said it will not be a regular reopening of activities, but with «pedagogical and socio-emotional counseling» through community learning centers (CCA), to achieve «a gradual and safe return» to schools.
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«For the attendance of students, mothers, parents or guardians will be asked to write a responsive letter ingesting that, under their own responsibility, they have an interest in participating,» the PMI published in a statement.
From January, federal entities with yellow and green traffic lights will be able to return to face-to-face activities in schools on a voluntary basis. pic.twitter.com/DIHacKf8pG
— Esteban Moctezuma Barragán (@emoctezumab) December 8, 2020
SEP poses 45-minute classes at Community Centers following health measures such as school filters, healthy distance, use of mouth and nose covers.
It also provides for staggered assistance; 40% daily limit on the school population; establish a maximum of students and teachers in each classroom; prioritize the use of open spaces; permanently clean furniture and equipment after school, as well as avoid assistance in case of COVID-19 symptoms.
Moctezuma Barragán said the return «will mitigate the socio-emotional problems suffered by some of the students by isolation», in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
States that remain at green traffic lights (Chiapas, Campeche and Veracruz) «must already start face-to-face classes from January 2021, at the decision of their local authorities,» said the PMI holder.
According to the PMI, the school management may set up a Community Learning Center when the school community «by consensus, so determines» and complies with these measures:
I. Anti-school lag days
II. Pedagogical advice
III. Psycho-emotional support
IV. Cleaning and health actions on the education campus
V. Book consultation
VI. Delivery of Free TextBooks and Teaching Materials
VIII. Use of equipment and services (computers, internet, printers, TV, etc.)
IX. Use of school infrastructure (audiences, sports courts)
X. Construction and maintenance actions
XI. Collegiate Organ Sessions of the Educational Campus.
XII. Those determined by the School Health Committee, with the authorization of the educational authority in the state.
In the event of a COVID-19 case being reported, the Community Learning Center will suspend classes, according to the PMI.
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