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Undersecretary of Education says private schools in Quintana Roo will not reopen for face-to-face classes

Cancun, Q. R. — The Undersecretary of Education says that private schools in the state of Quintana Roo will reopen only when the epidemiological light is green. Undersecretary Carlos Gorocica Moreno made the announcement after the National Association of Private Schools of the Mexican Republic reported a reopening.

Earlier this week, the National Association of Private Schools reported that as of March 1, about 20,000 private schools across the country would resume face-to-face classes. However, in the case of Quintana Roo, Gorocica Moreno says “this will not be possible in Quintana Roo because the criteria of the Ministry of Health at the federal level and the Ministry of Public Education itself says until there is a green light, we will not return to face-to-face classes.”

He explained that what has been authorized by SEP (Secretaría de Educación Pública), and on a voluntary basis, was the opening of Community Learning Centers that operate in rural communities in the event of a yellow epidemiological light.

He says their reopening would be under the condition that the facilities are suitable and have all the health prevention protocols for their implementation. He added that in these events, groups of no more than nine have been authorized for a maximum 40-minute advice session. He also added that in Quintana Roo, there has not been any instruction to start operating.

“This is not mandatory and it is only in the case of counseling and should not be considered as face-to-face classes. First, the educational establishments need to be verified and have local authorization from both the Ministry of Health and Education,” he added.

Earlier this week, the National Association of Private Schools made the announcement of the return of face-to-face classes despite the fact that health authorities have said such classes would only resume under a green epidemiological light.