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Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) has put an end to private schools’ dream of reopening for face-to-face classes, coming in a decision announced on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The National Association of Private Schools released a statement on Monday, Feb. 22, stating its intention to resume in-person education on March 1, following strict social distancing protocols.

“The support of the SEP, the state governors and secretaries of education will be requested,” said the association at the time.

However, the SEP shot down their idea the following day, requiring states to reach the green-light in Mexico’s traffic light covid-risk system before being allowed to begin face-to-face classes once more. 

The SEP detailed that, even after the green light, schools will need to open in an orderly, gradual manner, making sure there’s a deep cleaning of school facilities, sanitary distance protocols in place and proper use of facemasks upon reopening. 

Currently, Mexico City remains in the orange-light zone, two steps away from reaching green, when in-person education can finally resume.

…Feb. 25, 2021

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