Health Ministry Agrees to Full Reopening of Schools

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli children at a school entrance in Tzefas. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The Israeli school system is poised to fully reopen, without capsules, as the Health Ministry reportedly agreed to it on Monday.

The Ministry is due to present a plan to the coronavirus cabinet as early as Monday night which will call for a program of testing and monitoring across the educational system in order to detect outbreaks before they reach critical levels.

When a student tests positive, the entire class and teaching staff will be tested for coronavirus before returning to their classrooms – in addition to isolation.

If all goes well, the reopening will begin next Sunday.

As a senior education official was quoted as saying by Ynet, “The danger created by not learning is much greater than the danger of infection.”

The official said that during the past year of lockdowns there was a significant drop in academic performance, along with a rise in dropouts and emotional crises.