- Title: Face-to-face schooling returns to Mexico as lockdown eases
- Date: 30th August 2021
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (AUGUST 30, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF STUDENT WRITING / ERASING STUDENTS IN A CLASSROOM SITTING AT DISTANCED TABLES STUDENT WITH FACE MASK AND FACE SHIELD WRITING MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (AUGUST 27, 2021) (REUTERS) PEOPLE QUEUING FOR FREE GOVERNMENT COVID-19 TESTS PERSON BEING SWABBED (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EMPLOYEE AND PARENT OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD CHILD, DANIELA MEJIA, SAYING: "Right now with all the issues related to the pandemic it has been harder. In my opinion the government should have taken different measures so that children can continue with their education but in a more careful manner. Not by forcing them to go (to school). If (children) are forced to go (to school)...otherwise they'll lose the school year, I'll look for another option." PEOPLE IN QUEUE TO GET TESTED HEALTH WORKER SWABBING A PERSON PERSON IN QUEUE HEALTH WORKER SWABBING PERSON
- Embargoed: 13th September 2021 19:43
- Keywords: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador COVID-19 Mexico back to school children school students teachers
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Health/Medicine,South America / Central America
- Reuters ID: LVA003ESH1Q9Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Millions of children in Mexico went back to in-person classes on Monday (August 30), after a year and a half of online schooling due to COVID-19.
Parents prepared their children with face masks, gel sanitizer and even plastic face shields so they could return safely to their classrooms.
"I (feel) very nervous and very happy because I haven't met my friends and my teacher yet," said 10-year-old 4th grade student Alexis Zaragoza while queuing outside his elementary school in Mexico City.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in-person classes would be voluntary.
"Some parents have explained why they decided not to bring their children to in person classes," elementary school principal Laura Mercedes Lopez Garcia told Reuters.
Mexico is battling a new wave of coronavirus infections as daily cases hit record highs and the official death toll passed 250,000, one of the highest worldwide.
Health authorities on August 18 reported nearly 29,000 daily new cases, Mexico's highest for any day except for statistical one-offs.
Mexico also recorded 940 more confirmed deaths, the highest number in a single day since February, excepting the one-offs.
(Production: Carlos Carrillo, Nina Lopez)
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