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The undersecretary of Education says the Cancun, Riviera Maya region should have 100 schools ready for the return to classes

Cancun, Q.R. — A least 100 schools in the northern region of the state will be made ready for the August 30 return to classes. Carlos Gorocica Moreno, Undersecretary of Education in the Northern Zone says given the ongoing effort, about 100 schools should be ready.

Work to clean and restock the schools began earlier this week with both educational staff and volunteer parents. The schools, which have been shut for nearly a-year-and-a-half, were in need of thorough cleaning inside as well as the restocking of supplies since many were vandalized.

Gorocia Moreno says in the northern region, 172 schools have been noted as robbed and / or vandalized while remaining unused during the pandemic.

Brigades from City Council, the Ministry of Education, the Civil 711 association, the Alamo Foundation and the Rotarians have participated in their rehabilitation. He says they will clean around 60 schools with another 40 being jointly rehabilitated with hotels who, in the event of an emergency, have an agreement to use them as emergency shelters.

Parents and teachers are part of the cleaning brigades

The official stressed that the process of returning to face-to-face classes will be voluntary, gradual and in schools with the proper conditions.

“The other thing is health security, that is, to comply with the protocols such as taking the temperature when entering, having enough supplies, soap, water, antibacterial gel, among other measures, all protocols that will be announced,” he added.

He said that there are some schools that will require greater maintenance and for this, resources will have to be obtained from the Ministry of Finance.

“We are confident that we will have about 60, in addition to the 40 by the hotels. We also have principals who are working with parent committees to clean their schools,” he added.

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