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Education Ministry: 88% of students showed up for 1st day of school

A girl tests her sister with a COVID-19 rapid antigen  home kit test ahead of the first day of school, in Jerusalem on August 31, 2021.(Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A girl tests her sister with a COVID-19 rapid antigen home kit test ahead of the first day of school, in Jerusalem on August 31, 2021.(Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Education Ministry says 88 percent of Israel’s students showed up for the first day of school today, far exceeding expectations.

The high rates of attendance come as Israel experiences a record surge in COVID-19 cases.

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