With the coronavirus outbreak, willl the school year start on time?

Education Ministry holds meeting to discuss options for opening school year in shadow of coronavirus.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Classroom (illustrative)
Classroom (illustrative)

With less than two months until the start of the new school year, no one is sure what the year will look like, Israel Hayom reported.

Israeli classes are relatively large, and students sit two to a desk. Though during the fall and spring, some classes can sit outdoors, winter weather does not allow for this. In addition, there are not enough classrooms or staff to allow for proper "capsule" learning.

Education Minister Yoav Galant (Likud) will hold a meeting Wednesday morning with senior Education Ministry officials, in order to examine the options for opening schools next year.

Shirly Ramon-Bracha, who runs the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality's education department, said, "Either the school year will start as usual, which doesn't seem likely, or we'll start the school year with capsules and rotations and partial learning, emphasizing the younger ages. The third option is that the school year will only begin after the holidays."

"Two of the three possibilities affect the parents, the students, the staff and preschools and schools, and everyone needs to take that into account. During the first wave, it was a surprise, and we couldn't plan ahead. But now we have, relatively speaking, time to plan."

Revital Abu Daga, a mother of three from Alfei Menashe, told Israel Hayom, "The rise in the number of people infected and the knowledge that most of the infections were in closed spaces, only strengthens my feeling that it's dangerous to send my children back to educational institutions."