Coronavirus in Israel: More children to return to school on Wednesday

Coronavirus in Israel: More children to return to school on Wednesday

Some 84,660 more students will return to school today, after the Health Ministry updated their traffic light scores to enable youth to enjoy pre-Purim festivities in their classrooms. 

Among the new cities and neighborhoods that joined the list of cities in which schools can open – meaning they are green, yellow, or “light orange” with at least 70% of people over the age of 50 vaccinated – are: Abu Snan, Alona, Ashdod, Bat Yam, Baqa al-Gharbiyye, Ba’ana, Beit Dagan, Bnei Brak, Elad, several places in Hevel Modi’in, Hof Ashkelon, Kiryat Ekron, Kiryat Gat, Lachish, Lod, several places in Merom Hagalil, Mitzpe Ramon, Netivot, Nokdim, Or Yehuda, Or Akiva, Petah Tikva, Ramle, Rishon Lezion, Safed and Zarzir.

In addition, several neighborhoods in Jerusalem were added to the list: Bukharim, French Hill, Geula, Har Nof, Makor Baruch, Mea Shearim, Neve Yaakov, Ramot and Ramat Shlomo.

Recall that the government earlier this month approved the return of children in preschools, kindergartens and grades 1-6 and 11-12 to their classrooms in green, yellow and light orange cities. 

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Until now, 1,216,159 students had returned to their classrooms in some capacity. As of Wednesday, that number will be 1,300,819.

Students in grades 7-10 will continue to learn at home.

The government was expected to dialogue about a plan to return these children to their classrooms on Tuesday, but pushed off the discussion to focus solely on Purim restrictions.

Normally, the traffic light ranking is updated on Wednesday. 

However, just as earlier this month, the Health Ministry ranked cities later in order to enable more fourth through sixth graders to return to school this past Sunday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein agreed to rank the cities a day earlier this week.

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