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Israel Government Votes to Close Entire School System Thursday
Wed, Sep 16 2020, 10:45 AM

Israel's school system will close Thursday, the government ruled on Wednesday, as the infection rate hit a peak, 5,523 new cases in a single day.  Schools were originally supposed to shut down on Friday. Special education and programs for youth-at-risk will continue to operate.

The government voted via telephone to close the entire school system a day before the nationwide lockdown goes into effect.

On Sunday, the government had voted to allow schools to remain open until Friday. But after Gamzu objected, the government reconsidered its decision Tuesday night, and on Wednesday announced that schools would be closed Thursday.

“The government made the wrong decision, against professional recommendations,” Gamzu said in his letter to the ministers. “Moreover, we are seeing a spike in infection in general and specifically among the general public.”

According to the commissioner, the spike is particularly centered on school-aged children, especially those 10 and up.

“I request that you accept the professional recommendation and do not allow schools to open tomorrow, with all the complications that entails,” Gamzu continued. He said that if need be, only grades five and up could shutter early.

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