Education Min. introduces new COVID testing procedure in school, kindergarten

Students and education staff will be requested to take a coronavirus tests if any illness is pointed out in their educational institution, either school or kindergarten.

FILE PHOTO: Parents wait with their children to enter their elementary school in Sderot as it reopens following the ease of restrictions preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Israel May 3, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN/FILE PHOTO)
FILE PHOTO: Parents wait with their children to enter their elementary school in Sderot as it reopens following the ease of restrictions preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Israel May 3, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN/FILE PHOTO)
The Education Ministry introduced a new coronavirus testing procedure on Wednesday to aid in the return of students to schools and kindergartens.
In collaboration with the Health Ministry, the new procedure will require students and education staff to take a coronavirus test if any illness is pointed out in their educational institution, either school or kindergarten. However, the consent of the student's parents and of the education staff will be required. 
Noticeably, this procedure will also apply to cases in which the disease breaks out in a particular authority or locality.
As part of the new procedure, the following parties will be able to request the test:
▪️ Education Ministry headquarters
▪️ Education Ministry departments
▪️ Local authorities
▪️ School principals
▪️ Kindergarten principals
▪️ Health Ministry
The tests will be conducted by the Health Ministry and their results will be transmitted through health care providers directly to the subjects.