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Students required to show negative COVID test before post-Hanukkah return to school

A mother tests her son with a coronavirus rapid antigen home test kit in Haniel, central Israel on September 27, 2021. (Chen Leopold/Flash90)
A mother tests her son with a coronavirus rapid antigen home test kit in Haniel, central Israel on September 27, 2021. (Chen Leopold/Flash90)

The government approves a plan to require students returning to classrooms following the Hanukkah vacation to present a negative rapid COVID antigen test.

Students were also requested to do so following the summer break as well as the break in September for the High Holidays. Most students in Israel have been on vacation for the entire Hanukkah holiday, which began last Sunday.

Under the terms of the government plan, children in preschools and grades 1-6 will have to present a statement signed by their parents proclaiming that they tested negative for COVID before being allowed to enter their schools on Tuesday.

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