Despite the fact that, on Monday morning, both the departmental director and the Minister of Education ratified what was instructed on Sunday by that State portfolio – regarding the suspension of school activities from this Monday the 20thdue to the very poor air quality of Santa Cruz-, different private schools from Santa Cruz sent circulars to parents to rResume classes from Tuesday, although not all in person.
In some cases, the Return to classrooms was the optionwhile in other schools it was announced that classes will be virtual. On social networks, the existence of a circular from district management 1 that instructed the directors of educational units to return to classes was known.
However, when asked about this situation, Edwin Huayllani, departmental director of Education, told EL DEBER: “We are in full evaluation”and announced that they will make the determination public as soon as they have it.
Officially the suspension continues in Santa Cruzbut also in Beni and the north of La Paz.
“We have made the decision to suspend educational activities in some educational districts of Santa Cruz, Beni and north of La Paz, taking into account the high rates of environmental pollution. Although we are in a process of completing school management (…) it is important to emphasize that For us it is a priority to protect the health of our students”, he had expressed. Edgar Pary, Minister of Education.
However, the rain fell this Monday in some areas of the department was the justification for returning to classes, with the understanding that there will be a supposed improvement in air quality. However the dense smoke filled the city, as evidenced by photographs recorded by EL DEBER.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) registered 156 micrograms per m3 this Monday in the capital of Santa Cruz, according to the Municipality’s measurement.
School management will close on December 8, The Education authorities recalled that they recommended the “dosage of content necessary for students to complete educational management with the most important topics for their teaching-learning process, in such a way that they are prepared to move on to the next grade.”
Despite the drizzle, the air quality is still very bad
Today the air quality index is 156, yesterday it was 263. They recommend reducing physical activity and exposure in open environments
After a new suspension of classes, the Ministry of Education confirms that the school closure date will not be moved
Classes are suspended in Santa Cruz, Beni and north of La Paz