More schools to reopen as Health Ministry amends criteria

The Health Ministry is changing its policies for allowing 1st-6th grades and 11th and 12th grades to resume in-person studies, in a shift that will effectively allow more schools to reopen.

Under the new criteria, these grades in so-called “yellow” and “green” low-infection areas can reopen on Sunday. In addition, medium-infected “orange” zones whose ranking is below 7 out of 10 on the ministry’s website can resume classes. The ministry will also consider local vaccination rates of over-50s in its rankings.

The ministry will publicize a full list of cities and towns where this is applicable tomorrow.

A mother and daughter arrive at school in the costal city of Ashkelon, Israel, Feb. 11, 2021 (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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