ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Laptops distributed to evacuee students for distance learning

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

Laptop computers to be handed out to Israeli children evacuated from their homes so that they can take part in distance learning on October 16, 2023. (Education Ministry)
Laptop computers to be handed out to Israeli children evacuated from their homes so that they can take part in distance learning on October 16, 2023. (Education Ministry)

Some 5,000 laptops have begun to be distributed to students displaced from their homes by the Israel-Hamas war, the Education Ministry says.

The computers are for “children and teenagers whose families were forced to escape from their homes because of the security situation, so they have nothing at all,” the ministry says, adding that the return to distance learning in an emergency allows students to “return to a stable framework and a clear daily routine, and to provide emotional and mental support.”

Whole communities along the border with Gaza, including nearly all of Sderot’s 30,000 residents, along with communities immediately along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, are being evacuated to absorption centers, hotels and other locations.

On Sunday Israel’s school system began a distance learning program, similar to what was in place during the 2020-2021 COVID lockdowns.

The Education Ministry set up a system of color-coded areas, where some in-person classes would be allowed in certain locations depending on security conditions.

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