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25 million students and two million teachers head back to school across Mexico

Cancun, Q.R. — Some 25 million students across Mexico returned to classes on Monday to begin the 2021-2022 school year in person. Schools were reopened almost a year-and-a-half of being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reported President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In some states, the return will be staggered with a hybrid educational model, which combines face-to-face classes with distance learning. Classroom capacities will have a maximum of 50 percent.

In Mexico City, more than 4,000 schools reopened their doors. In Quintana Roo, more than 300 schools saw students lined up for their 7:00 a.m. sessions Monday morning, a majority of which were private schools.

The head of the Secretary of Education for Quintana Roo (SEQ), Ana Isabel Vásquez Jiménez, reported the 2021-2022 school year began with 341 opened schools of which 300 were private and 41, public schools allowing more than 1,300 students to attend classes.

The Ministry of Education for the state said more than 70 million peso was spent cleaning schools for their reopening. The return to classes has also seen the return of two million workers across Mexico, including teachers and administrative personnel.