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Bennett says schools to open as planned on Wednesday

A classroom in the West Bank settlement of Efrat on August 30, 2021. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
A classroom in the West Bank settlement of Efrat on August 30, 2021. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says the start the school year will go ahead as planned on Wednesday, after meeting with top education and health officials on the preparations to reopen schools.

A statement from Bennett’s office says it was decided that Green Pass rules will apply to education workers, meaning they must be vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19, or have a negative test result to enter their workplace. Those who are unvaccinated will have to test negative twice a week.

In grades eight and up, at least 70 percent of kids in each class must have received one vaccine shot for classes to be held in person, according to the statement. Starting September 30, 70% or more of students will be required to have gotten both shots to avoid remote learning.

The statement stresses that one vaccine dose is not sufficient to meet the Health Ministry’s vaccination standards.

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