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Sonoran Parents Push For Plan To Reopen Schools

A new group in Sonora called Abre mi Escuela — or Open my School — is hoping to pressure state officials to come up with a plan to slowly and safely reopen schools.

Innan Lagarda, a mother of four and former educator herself, is the head of the group, which was inspired by similar efforts across Mexico.

“We know we can’t open tomorrow, or the day after that,” she said.

But she doesn’t want the current school year to end without a plan in place to prepare schools for safe, in-person instruction.

Sonora is currently considered green, or low risk, according to the federal coronavirus scale, though state officials fear a possible third wave.

Mexico’s president has previously said teachers there could soon be vaccinated to prepare for reopenings, though the vaccine rollout has been much slower across Mexico than in the United States.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.