Coronavirus Cases In Israeli Schools Force Dozens Into Quarantine

    The Entrance to the Navon school where two staff members and two students tested positive for COVID-19, in the central Israeli city of Rehovot on May 21, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90

    JERUSALEM (JNS) – Over 100 Israeli school children were sent into quarantine on Thursday after cases of coronavirus cropped up in educational facilities in multiple locations, less than a week after Israeli schools returned to running at full capacity.

    Schools and national daycare facilities were shut down for two months to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and were opened in careful stages as Israel saw a significant drop in the number of new cases, finally admitting students in grades 4-10 on Sunday.

    On Thursday, 50 children in northern Tel Aviv entered quarantine after a kindergarten teacher tested positive for COVID-19, while 44 preschoolers and multiple employees at a preschool in Rishon Letzion were quarantined after an assistant at the facility tested positive for the virus.

    In former viral hotspot Bnei Brak, students and staff in a special-education kindergarten were sent into quarantine after a teaching assistant was confirmed to have COVID-19.

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    Testing at a school in Rehovot led to 11 cases being diagnosed, with Health Ministry officials declaring that all the students at the location would be checked.

    Current health regulations require parents to sign off daily on a form that their children have not had a fever or exhibited other coronavirus symptoms in the past 24 hours. Additionally, parents are forbidden to enter schools, preschools, or kindergartens, and must drop off and pick up their children at the entrance.

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