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1.8 million Chilean students start classes today

March 08
11:31 2010

The February 27th 8.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled Chile delayed the start of the school year last week.  But after a week of structural engineers checking the nations schools,  1.8 million students will begin their school year today.   1.1 million of the students in Santiago, 283,000 in the 5th Region and 120,000 in the 6th region will be able to return classes.

Many problems have been found in the 7th and 8th regions; where only 40% of the students are expected to resume their normal classes. The rest will not be able to start the class year as expected due to their schools being heavily damaged or used as shelters for people affected by the earthquake.

Damaged schools are currently being assessed to determine if the damage they have taken will allow for occupation.  Municipalities and the government are looking for solutions so the students can return as soon as possible. Parents are also encouraged to send their children to school, authorities have said that no children will miss the chance to study during this school year, students from damaged schools can be relocated to other schools with similar features so they can keep up studying.

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