Israeli children returning to school: Here is what to expect

The coronavirus cabinet approved the following outline.

FILE PHOTO: Children are seen washing their hands at Heath Mount School as some schools reopen, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Watton-at-Stone, Britain, June 2, 2020. (photo credit: ANDREW COULDRIDGE/REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Children are seen washing their hands at Heath Mount School as some schools reopen, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Watton-at-Stone, Britain, June 2, 2020.
(photo credit: ANDREW COULDRIDGE/REUTERS)
First through fourth graders will return to their classrooms on Sunday, after the coronavirus cabinet approved an outline that was agreed upon by both the Health and Education ministries. Classes will take place at least four days per week for each grade.
Here is what parents and students can expect:
> The number of people per class will not exceed 20 people 
The Education Ministry will maintain a mechanism for exceptions that will allow up to 10% of the classes to study in groups of up to 24 pupils while giving preference to those institutions in areas with low morbidity rates.
 
> Maximum effort will be made to reduce the mixing of groups in afternoon daycare. It will be possible to bring together children from up to three permanent groups from the same grade, provided that the final number of children shall not exceed 28.
 
> All pupils and staff will wear masks at all times, including on transportation to and from activities, except while eating or during physical activity.
 
> Activity will take place such that all staff members will be able to teach three groups at most, except for physical exercise instructors, provided that they wear masks at all times and maintain two meters' distance between themselves and pupils.
 
> All students will wear masks in class, including children in grades 1-2. Students will eat their meals in open areas; if this is not possible, each student swill eat in class at a separate desk.
 
> Separation shall be implemented on buses by having a row of empty seats between the forward and rear sections of the transporting vehicle.
 
These regulations are in place until November 29.


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