- 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 PARENTS AND STUDENTS WAITING FOR SCHOOL TO OPEN VARIOUS OF PARENT CARRYING CHILD ON SHOULDERS PARENTS AND CHILDREN QUEUING OUTSIDE A SCHOOL CHILD HOLDING A STUFFED ANIMAL OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EMPLOYEE AND PARENT OF 4TH GRADE STUDENT, JULIO ZARAGOZA, SAYING: "Society is nervous not only about back to school, but also about going back to work, about any activity. We have taken the required measures: using face masks, using sanitizer - my son has his glasses, he has got a kit required by the school so he can constantly sanitize." ZARAGOZA AND HIS SON HUGGING WHILE WAITING IN QUEUE FOR SCHOOL TO OPEN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) 10-YEAR-OLD 4TH GRADE STUDENT, ALEXIS ZARAGOZA, SAYING: "I (feel) very nervous and very happy because I haven't met my friends and my teacher yet." ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, LAURA MERCEDES LOPEZ GARCIA, RECEIVING STUDENTS AS THEY ENTER SCHOOL VARIOUS OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN QUEUE OUTSIDE SCHOOL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, LAURA MERCEDES LOPEZ GARCIA, SAYING: "Some parents have explained why they decided not to bring their children to in-person classes. But other parents who are here, they have taken security and hygiene measures. So yes, we've had a good response (from parents)." CHILDREN QUEUING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM STUDENT WITH FACE MASK AND A PLASTIC FACE SHIELD IN QUEUE TEACHER TALKING TO CHILDREN
- 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: LVA001ESH1Q9Z
- 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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