Distance learning will continue until next Friday, when the education system will go on a Sukkot holiday that will last until October 12. Currently, the chances of returning kindergarten children and school students to physical education in educational institutions on this date are not high.
“The date of return to educational institutions must be affected by the level of morbidity in the country,” Schiff said. “We will not close the education system when the morbidity rates were zero, so we demand that the decision on the date of return to the educational institutions be made on the basis of established and unhesitating morbidity data.”
The national parent leadership has formulated principles and demands that the Ministry of Education and the government act in accordance with them. “The same goes for data management,” Schiff said. “The feeling is that there is no responsible adult who runs them. Therefore, different and strange messages come out every day, and it is not clear at the moment if there is any intention at all to reopen the educational institutions this year. Closing the educational institutions until age 10 means closing the economy.”
According to Schiff, the shattered parents are tired of accepting the decree as it is and the chaos is celebrating. According to the parent leadership document, “During the waiting and quarantine period, principles must be defined according to which the education system will be returned to regular activity. Upon completion of the general quarantine and the possibility of returning to work, learning in kindergartens and elementary schools must be restored.”
At the same time, “the post-primary education system should return to school in a gradual manner, with a careful examination of the level of morbidity.” The parents ‘outline also stated that “changes should be made to existing outlines to significantly reduce children’s exposure to groups and adults with a high potential for infection. For example, limit the number of adults meeting in a classroom and cancel the teachers’ room until further notice.”
The chairman of the parents’ leadership in Givatayim, Spitz-Toledano, has to deal with a home closure with four children in the education system: Daniela (Maon), Abigail (compulsory kindergarten), Michaela (third grade) and Gabriel (fourth grade). “Horizon and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, we do not know what will happen and when they will return,” said Spitz-Toledano.
She added: “The children are very frustrated. At first it was armed freedom, but now the children want to go back to school, to friends, and even want the teachers. When the children are frustrated then the parents are doubly frustrated and it is difficult for us to function regularly.
“Academically, the whole ‘zoom’ thing turns the house into a war room in the first part of the day. Everyone has to be woken up in the morning to ‘zoom’, deal with communication glitches and set schedules for using computers. At a young age they are unable to operate independently and I must be With them and help. ”
The chairman of the parents’ leadership in Givatayim receives many inquiries from parents who fear the widening of gaps between students and their friends and between schools and others, especially from parents of first- and second-graders who are supposed to learn the basics of reading and writing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the issue earlier today and noted on the issue of the return of the education system to activity that “we want to prepare as best we can to allow separation for preschoolers, up to A and B. It is a big effort, it is a lot of money, but it is essential. My approach is to try “Allow separations and capsules in first and second grades as well – because we see that the virus spreads and infects even at these ages. It infects teachers and creates a lot of problems.”
Shani and Rakoni from Raanana, a mother of three children in the education system – Jonathan (eighth grade), Shira (fifth grade) and Omer (second grade) – are worried about the damage to the social and educational aspect. According to her, “From a social point of view, the children are closed at home and the social distance is very difficult for them. They cannot meet with friends.
“From an educational point of view, it is especially difficult for Omar, who is in second grade, because he already lost half a year when he was in first grade last year. Started in second grade without finishing first grade. The consequences are felt in unreadable reading and in this account lame. “Independent is not independent because they need the help of the parents, the availability of an adult.”
Varkoni added that “teachers do their best, but the current situation is impossible and it seems to be lost in advance. The loss of study material and the accumulated gaps are very disturbing. The big ones are more independent and learning, but they also have difficulty “Half of the time allotted for that.”
Prof. Esther Adi Yaffe, an early childhood specialist at Bar Ilan University, says that learning to read and write through “zoom” is challenging and therefore she opposes teaching the principles of reading and writing in this way: “Not all children have the means, lack of teacher guidance and personal supervision. Acquisition of the skill.The responsibility will actually pass to the parents, and this may further widen the gaps that already exist between the children.
“There will be no harm if the acquisition of reading and writing is postponed until the period when school returns to normal, and in the meantime one can focus on experiential content meetings, acquaintances between children and building dialogue, for example in small groups, which is important in preparation for reading and writing. And writing, and that there is no need for the parents to teach them. “
Last week, Tel Aviv-Yafo Deputy Mayor Tzipi Brand proposed an outline for the Knesset Education Committee, which focuses on operating safe classrooms for children up to the age of 9 in the form of capsules with 18 children and creating separate spaces, preventing staff turnover and using public spaces and buildings.
“We must prepare now for the day after and train the lower grades and kindergartens to open in capsules and assessments for activities in the Corona routine, and create a horizon for the benefit of the parent community and the economy in the country,” Brand said. “According to the ‘Safe Open’ outline I formulated in consultation with senior physicians including Prof. Barbash, Wolfson Hospital Deputy Director Dr. Shiri Tennenbaum and other experts, it will be possible to return the early childhood education system to fourth grades for activity, along with adherence to guidelines” .
Brand concluded: “We are in an emergency, there are compromises and concessions we will have to make, but we must strive for a forward-looking solution that will keep us all mentally, financially and healthily. And to Israeli society. “
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