The Latest: Schools reopen in Mexico's Campeche state

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Wearing masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a teacher checks the work of his 10-year-old student Jade Chan Puc during the first day of class at the Valentn Gomez Farias Indigenous Primary School in Montebello, Hecelchakan, Campeche state, Monday, April 19, 2021. Campeche is the first state to transition back to the classroom after a year of remote learning due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Zetina)

MEXICO CITY — For the first time in a year, Mexican school children have returned to classrooms — at least in the southern state of Campeche.

The Gulf coast state has been the state least affected by the pandemic in Mexico, and it was the first to get its teachers vaccinated.

So Campeche is the first, and so far the only, of Mexico’s 32 states to reopen its classrooms.

While it may have been good to get back to school Monday, the scene in Campeche was different from before: Grade-school children were allowed back in small groups to maintain social distancing, and they wore face masks and plastic face shields.

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