Sunday schools

Israeli schools are back to ‘normal’ today – here are the details

Young Israelis will resume their “normal” routines on Sunday and the public will no longer have to wear masks outside.

The Ministry of Education on Friday released the framework for the return to “normal” full-time schooling on Sunday. Studies will resume six days a week without capsules – and without restriction of movement of teachers, assistants or students.

Complementary education courses, such as support for new immigrants, will also be back in full, as will the after-school programs available to youth in kindergarten through third grade.

The opening will be as part of a more stringent model of intervention for dealing with epidemics – the “adjusted” defense education program – allowing for extensive surveillance and prevention of the spread.

Schools will still be required to adhere to Ministry of Health guidelines, such as wearing masks, observing personal hygiene, ventilating classrooms, and keeping as much distance as possible during breaks and during gatherings in common areas.

Students will no longer be forced to wear masks in open spaces, while eating or during gym classes.

Likewise, the Department of Health announced last Thursday that masks will no longer be required by the general public in open spaces where there are no large crowds, and also not in their own personal living space.

“It should be noted that in unopened areas, a mask must be worn,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday evening, asking citizens to keep masks with them “every time you leave the house” because of masks will still be required in closed areas.

Back to school: They will now be able to organize day trips. Army Preparation Classes for Grades 11-12 can take place with up to 100 students and staff in open areas. School transportation, like special bus programs, can begin.

In order to help reduce emotional, social and learning gaps, principals in middle and higher schools may decide to implement a flexible learning program which may include individual, group or integrated learning – at school. ‘inside or outside. Digital distance learning can still take place for 20% of weekly study hours or up to a weekly learning day.

In addition, the teacher assistants whose service has been extended will continue to work in elementary schools as they have done so far, with the aim of closing the gaps that have been created.

ALTHOUGH the goal is to resume full-time learning across the country on Sunday, if schools need more time to prepare, they have until April 25 to complete their transition to regular schooling.

At this point, however, the non-formal education system and the higher education system will continue to operate according to the existing format.

“The long-awaited return to full-time learning is arousing a range of emotions among students, staff and parents,” the education ministry wrote on Friday in a letter that included the new framework. “On the one hand, everyone yearned for routine and a sense of security and stability. On the other hand, a return to routine is accompanied by a fear of the gaps that have been created, of distance or even alienation.

“The fear of the coronavirus, which has not yet left the world, is also hovering from above,” the message continued. “It is important to give everyone time to adapt.

The ministry recommended that space be provided for students and staff to express complex emotions, adding that it is important that all parties stand together during this time of transition.

He added that schools should consider classroom and personal dialogues with students about their emotions, schedule social time in the classroom to reconnect with students and, of course, provide maximum academic assistance to each student.

Last week, a report from the Department of Education was released showing that there has been a 30% decrease in basic skills among students in Grades 1 through 3, and a similar gap of around 30 % developed in core subjects, such as math and English, among students in grades 7-10.

Students also have decreased motor and physical skills, and school counselors reported that one-third of students suffered from emotional distress and that there was a 25% increase in suicide risk ratings by school psychologists.

A separate survey, conducted by Professor Michal Grinstein-Weiss of the University of Washington and the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center in collaboration with Professor Rami Benvenisti of the Hebrew University, found that one in five children suffers from symptoms of anxiety. .

In addition, almost half of children (46%) need psychological help following the coronavirus crisis.

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