Education has already defined the advancement of the winter holidays that this year will start on July 5, a week before the traditional. But now he must define a new option that emerged from the ministry itself: the possibility that after the winter break, and for two weeks, only students who need support to reinforce content and knowledge will return to class. This will be the central issue that the ministerial authorities and union representatives will debate tomorrow, as confirmed by Minister Felipe De los Ríos. Another point that has already been defined is that the return to classes will be under the careful face-to-face modality, and not administered face-to-face, so attendance at schools will no longer be optional.

This possible measure that will be discussed in tomorrow’s meeting will aim to level content and provide students “in the process of strengthening” the opportunity to return to the second half of the year in better conditions that facilitate learning to learn. In this new meeting, it will not only be defined whether or not this measure is applied, but also how the activities will develop during the next two weeks after the winter holidays have ended. One of the strongest options, and one that the minister also mentioned, is that during the second half of July only the aforementioned students return to class to work on content pending for 2020 or so far this year. Meanwhile, the rest of the students could stay at home. He said that an improvement proposal would also be considered for them, but optional, without being obliged to participate in it. If this occurs, the holidays for this group would be extended until August 1.

As for the measures that Education and the unions will continue to analyze to put into practice, there is the possibility of extending the current year’s school cycle for 15 more days. In this way the school activities would end on December 20 and not on the 5th as announced. De los Ríos said that it is almost certain that this measure will be applied to guarantee more days of classes. To do this, the December exam tables would be passed to 2022 as happened during the 2020 School Cycle.

What is already confirmed is that the return to classes after the break will be under the modality of careful presence that includes presence and virtuality and by bubbles. Thus, the administered face-to-face modality, still in force, will be discarded, and which allows parents to decide whether or not to send their children to school or if they only opt for virtuality.

More encounters

Meetings every Friday, between ministerial authorities and union representatives, will continue to be held both to analyze the state of health education in the province and to determine new measures to take.

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