Voluntary face-to-face classes in January: SEP

Chiapas, Campeche and Veracruz, states today with a green traffic light, must start face-to-face classes from January 2021, at the decision of their local authorities.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

The Head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, announced this Tuesday that, voluntarily, the states that are on a yellow light will be able to return to face-to-face activities in schools in January 2021 through the Community Centers of Learning (CCA) .

During the Fifty-First Ordinary Plenary Meeting of the National Council of Educational Authorities (CONAEDU), Moctezuma Barragán affirmed that these Centers do not represent the regular reopening of schools, and will be installed on a voluntary basis, which will guarantee a gradual and safe return of girls, children, adolescents and young people to schools.

He added that for the attendance of the students, mothers, fathers or guardians will be asked to write a responsive letter in which they state that, under their own responsibility, they have an interest in participating .

Moctezuma Barragán commented that the states of Chiapas, Campeche and Veracruz, which are on a green traffic light, should already start face-to-face classes as of January 2021 , at the decision of their local authorities, compulsorily following the nine measures established by the health and educational authorities federal.

Moctezuma Barragán assured that the return will mitigate socio-emotional problems suffered by some of the students due to preventive isolation.

For this reason, the Head of the SEP presented the CCA project, designed together with the Health Sector and based on article 14 of the General Education Law, since it is essential to build alternatives for pedagogical, psychological support and advice and social to the students and even to the teachers, he pointed out.

Head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma Barragán / Image: Courtesy SEP

He pointed out that the school leadership may install a Community Learning Center when the school community, by consensus, so determines, and complying with the following aspects to strengthen and promote the educational process:

I. Days against the scholastic backwardness;
II. Pedagogical advice;
III. Psycho-emotional support;
IV. Cleaning and sanitary actions in the educational establishment;
V. Consulting books;
SAW. Delivery of Free Textbooks and teaching material;
VII. School procedures;
VIII. Use of equipment and services (computers, internet, printers, TV, etc.);
IX. Use of school infrastructure (auditoriums, sports fields);
X. Construction and maintenance actions;
XI. Sessions of collegiate bodies of the Educational Campus.
XII. Those determined by the School Health Committee, with prior authorization from the educational authority in the state.

In addition, he said that when a case of the SARSCoV2 virus (COVID-19) is reported, the Community Learning Center will suspend its activities.

45-minute sessions are held in the Community Learning Centers. And the following measures will be followed:

I.- Operate school filters
II.- Healthy distance (2 meters between chairs, tables, benches, etc.).
III.- Use of a mouth cover or handkerchief over the nose and mouth;
IV.- Staggered assistance;
V.- 40% daily limit of the school population.
VI.- Establish a maximum number of students and teacher, within each classroom;
VII.- Prioritize the use of open spaces;
VIII.- Permanently clean furniture and equipment after each class.
IX.- Avoid attending the CCA sessions in case of any suspected symptoms of COVID-19, among others.

The above, he explained, are guidelines agreed with the Ministry of Health.