Schools close around Israel ahead of snowstorm

The Jerusalem Municipality announced on Tuesday evening the cancellation of all day care centers, preschools and schools in the city due to the impending snow.

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January 6, 2015 21:26
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Snow in Jerusalem

Snow in Jerusalem. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The Jerusalem Municipality announced on Tuesday evening the cancellation of all day care centers, preschools and schools in the city due to the impending snow.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem also cancelled all classes Wednesday and Thursday.

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The Education Ministry announced on Tuesday evening the cancellation of classes in all areas surrounding Jerusalem, including Givat Zeev, Mevaseret Zion, Gush Etzion and the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.

In addition, schools in Misgav and schools in the Upper Galilee also announced cancellations. In Safed, the municipality said it would only announce school closures at 5AM, following an assessment of the situation.

Michal Cohen, director-general of the ministry, directed the education system on Tuesday to prepare for the stormy weather.

As part of its preparation efforts, the ministry opened operation rooms in Jerusalem districts to closely monitor developments and respond as required. The ministry is also operating a telephone hotline for the public, though it requested that parents contact local authorities regarding school closures.

School principals should consult with the education departments at local authorities and with representatives of the education ministry as needed to assess the situation and decide whether to cancel classes, the ministry instructed.

The ministry also announced that on Wednesday through Friday all school trips to areas with expected snow or flooding will be cancelled and redirected to alternate locations.

In addition, the matriculation exam in literature will take place as scheduled on Thursday.  In the event of school closures the ministry said it would provide a "response" to students unable to take the exam.

For further information contact the Education Ministry hotline: 1-800-250-025.


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