Teenagers meandered Sunday into Dagan Junior Excessive with the slowness typical of the beginning of a brand new college week. Sixty college students on the college within the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Haim had been ordered into quarantine after it was found that that they had been close to vacationers from South Korea who got here down with the brand new coronavirus.
A trainer on the gate “aimed” his cellphone on the foreheads of getting into college students, as if it had been one of many so-called thermometer weapons which have turn into an indicator of the outbreak.
Round half of the scholars coming via the gate appeared to be coughing or wiping their noses, as is typical throughout an Israeli winter, and nobody appeared bothered by it. The truth that two lessons had been touring Masada when the Korean tourists had been on the website didn’t upset the scholars.
“Individuals have gone utterly loopy,” declared one man who was dropping off his daughter, as he eliminated balloons and a cake from his automotive for her 13th birthday. “The kids have been strolling round in circles for 10 days already, what’s there to be afraid of?” he added.
One other father, whose daughter was with the South Koreans on the cable automotive in Masada and is now in residence quarantine, expressed shock on the conduct of the authorities. “It’s very unusual, they gave us permission to go to work, and my spouse is a nurse at Rambam Medical Heart,” mentioned David Attias, referring to the hospital in Haifa. He mentioned that the household is planning a visit to Thailand in round six weeks and has no plans to cancel.
His spouse instructed Haaretz that their daughter Einav knowledgeable them that the scholars met a number of occasions with members of the South Korean group. Some even took footage with the Christian group.
“Every part is as traditional. I’m in no way paranoid, I’m not afraid.” She mentioned that their daughter has exams, “however the college is taking good care of that. I inform the mother and father that every part can be OK. There’s no panic. We gave her directions to not stroll round, to not exit with the canine, to remain on her ground as a lot as doable.”
One other mom, who got here to high school with a boy carrying a giant bottle of hand sanitizer gel, was much less calm. “It’s loopy strain,” she mentioned, who works in one other college as a homeroom trainer. “It’s not solely my son, it’s all of Kiryat Haim,” she added. “The kids who had been despatched to quarantine may have been within the café the place I used to be sitting or on the bus. I thought-about not bringing him [to school] and that’s why we’re late. If it occurred it’s already occurred. The vital factor is to proceed as traditional.”
She mentioned that she talked the principal, who reassured her. From the second they heard concerning the encounter with the South Koreans, the mother and father’ WhatsApp messaging teams had been buzzing.
“Who’s sending the youngsters to high school? Who’s afraid? We reassured each other, that kids are much less inclined,” she mentioned, describing the correspondence. Later she reported that about 70 % of her college students confirmed up. In keeping with the Schooling Ministry, about 60 % of the scholars got here to high school on Sunday.
Hani Greenberg, the principal of the Kiryat Haim Excessive Faculty, instructed Haaretz that when the college employees found that the South Koreans had taken the identical route because the eighth graders they shortly obeyed the directions. “We came upon who the scholars had been, we discovered two lecture rooms and contacted all the scholars and fogeys. We transmitted the order to stay in residence quarantine for 4 days. Your complete employees was obtainable till 1:30 A.M.”
She mentioned that 58 college students at the moment are in residence quarantine, in addition to 5 lecturers, a safety guard and 4 counselors. Greenberg says “Among the mother and father determined to not ship the youngsters to high school, and that’s okay with us. We perceive the worry, and we’ve ready a particular lesson plan so the scholars can discuss and categorical their issues.”