Tuesday is the first day of the public school year, and a ceremony is planned for the Liceo Napoleón Quesada Salazar in Guadalupe at 7 a.m. The Ministerio de Educación Pública and central government officials have a ceremony each year when schools starts.
Traffic police also have ceremonies in which they round up all the vans that are transporting students without the appropriate permissions. At last count Friday only about 80 percent of the transportation operators had obtained the annual permissions.
The Consejo de Transportes Público said that this meant some 1,000 vehicles still lacked permits, and that appointments have been scheduled through the first week of March. Those caught transporting students without the correct permits can face a fine of up to 100,000 colons or about $190. Legal transportation vehicles have a window sticker.
Vehicle taking students to private schools also need permission.