The suspension will be from November 6 to 10. (DASSAEV TÉLLEZ/CUARTOSCURO.COM)
The Secretary of Education of Guerrero (SEG) announced that the suspension of classes will continue for another week in all schools in the municipalities of Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez, which are still severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Otis.
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Through a statement, the authorities reported that the decision has been made with the objective of safeguarding the physical integrity of the students, teaching and administrative staff.
“Academic and administrative activities are SUSPENDED at all public and private educational levels during the week of November 6 to 10, 2023, in the municipalities of Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez,” it reads.
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Likewise, the Secretariat confirmed that it is authorized that there be no classes in schools and administrative offices in other municipalities where there are no conditions to carry out work activities after the hurricane.
Itzel, the 7-year-old daughter of Verónica Gregorio Salazar, carries a toy as she walks through her damaged house, after the passage of Hurricane Otis, in the El Pedregoso neighborhood, in Acapulco, Mexico, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/ José Luis Gonzalez
Likewise, public servants from the SEG (sector heads, supervision, managers, and teachers, workers, students, mothers and fathers) are instructed to carry out cleaning tasks in schools during that week. , to generate the conditions for returning to school.
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Meanwhile, in all other municipalities, teaching and administrative activities must be maintained normally, except for the days designated as suspension by the Official School Calendar.
The news was also confirmed by the governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado Pineda, who this Sunday confirmed that at the moment there are 47 people dead after the passage of the cyclone.
According to Marcial Rodríguez Saldaña, head of the SEG, in Guerrero there are approximately 190 educational establishments that were damaged in infrastructure and services by the passage of Hurricane Otis.
These damages in turn affect 177,804 basic education students, international organizations have estimated.
Brothers collect water from a public well after Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Mexico. (AP Photo/Félix Marquez)
“As soon as there are conditions, we will resume in-person or virtual classes, and we will begin the stage of rebuilding schools,” said the official.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 296 thousand girls, boys and adolescents from five municipalities of Guerrero were affected after the impact of Hurricane Otis and today are at risk. and vulnerability.
The United Nations organization specified that one of the greatest dangers is that minors may face lack of adequate nutrition, limited access to drinking water, risk of diseases related to water stagnation, dehydration, reduced medical care, and abuses of their physical and emotional integrity due to the possible increase in violence and crime.
Likewise, they specified that damage to homes and critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and schools, will represent a special risk for the child and adolescent population.