After a six-week summer break, around 1.7 million Jalisco primary and secondary school children donned new uniforms and returned to classes as the 2014/15 school year began Monday August 18.
Traffic was noticeably heavier in the Guadalajara metropolitan area, no more so than in parts of Zapopan where work recently began on the city’s third subway (Tren Ligero) line. The Traffic Department (Semov) set up a special “return to classes” operation involving 600 officers who sought to ease the congestion. Nonetheless, Semov reported a 22-percent increase in accidents compared with a regular Monday morning.
Around 7,000 children will be going back to school to find their “temporary” classrooms substituted for “permanent” ones, although the state government admits some 1,400 are still in need of upgrades.