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Campeche and Nayarit suspend face-to-face classes after increase in covid figures

Mexico — Due to an increase in covid infections, both Campeche and Nayarit have announced the suspension of face-to-face classes. On April 19, classes began again for students in Campeche. However, on Sunday, the Secretary of Education of Campeche Ricardo Koh Cambranis, reported that face- to- face classes will be suspended in the 135 campuses after their April return.

He explained that the closure of the schools is due to the regression back to a yellow epidemiological light, which he added, was the consequence of the increase in Covid-19 cases. In an audio broadcast, Cambranis said students should remain home until the light returns to green.

“This measure complies with what is established in said plan, which mentions that in the event of a color change that implies an increase in Covid-19 cases at the state level, face-to-face activities in these schools would be suspended.”

“In this way, educational services will work with remote tools and face-to-face classes will be given again when the epidemiological light is green again, this in order to safeguard the safety of students and the education sector in Campeche,” the secretary pointed out.

In Nayarit, public health head Raúl López Santiago said he regretted the return to a yellow light and commented that there are no conditions for a safe return to classes. “It is not possible to risk the lives of teachers or students who were going to return,” he said after the state regressed after achieving a green epidemiological light.

The Public Education Services of the State of Nayarit reported the suspension of the return to classes scheduled for May 24 as a result of the change in color of the epidemiological light. The agency says the suspension will affect 32 schools in the municipalities of Huajicori, La Yesca and El Nayar.

On Saturday, the director general of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía Zegarra, pointed out that the return to classes is conditional on compliance with certain safety conditions for both students and teachers as well as the general population.

“We are obviously talking about security for the students who are the ones who would return to face-to-face classes, security for the education workers who are the ones who will be working and giving these classes and security for the general population, parents, mothers , tutors, family members who at the time, transport and take care of the students,” he said.

The epidemiological light must be green to return to face-to-face classes he said. “For that reason, it was proposed from the beginning, and included within the guidelines, that we work together with the Ministry of Public Education for a green light, which is the lowest risk of transmission and contagions, to be present to resume classes,” he explained.

Last week, Mexico City officials announced the return of classes for students beginning June 7. Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said she was confident that the city would reach a green epidemiological light by then.