Mexico plans to return to in-person classes June 7

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Education Department launched a formal but voluntary appeal Friday for a return to in-person classes starting June 7.

Mexico has now vaccinated about 85% of the country’s 3.1 million teachers, but many people don’t see the logic of reopening schools for just one month before the school year ends on July 9.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador strongly supports the return to classes, saying students need it for personal development as much as for academic reasons.

“I have heard people say this and I respect it, but don’t agree: ’Let’s wait until the new school year begins” on Aug. 30, López Obrador said Friday. But the president said the return, even for a month, would give teachers time to evaluate students and make up for lost time, and kids a much-needed chance to see their classmates.

“There is freedom, nothing is obligatory, everything is voluntary,” López Obrador said.

But the government has said that each school and each family can decide if they want to return to classes, which will be held with reduced class sizes and facemasks.

The Associated Press