School year opens for 2,4 m children under covid-19 restraints

More than 2.4 million pupils and 205,000 teaching staff opened the school year early Tuesday, except for some 140,000 children in the coronavirus hotbeds, classified “red” under the Gamzu system. Their case will be reviewed by the ministers on Thursday. The coronavirus director, Prof. Ronni Gamzu has listed 24 towns and regions as “red.” He advises keeping the local schools closed and imposing restraints on movement in and out of those regions to contain the spread of infection to “green” areas. The smaller children will attend class in groups of 18 during a more or less full week, while the higher grades will be restricted to two or three school days per week and study at home or by remote lessons on other days.

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