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Health Ministry: Unvaccinated, untested teachers won’t teach or get paid

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The Health Ministry on Thursday instructed school principals to bar entry on school premises to any teachers who do not have a so-called Green Pass, and those teachers will also not get paid if they are barred.

Starting on October 3, teachers will require a Green Pass, which shows proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or a recent negative test result, the ministry said in a missive on Thursday.

The date marks the start of the first full week back at school after the holiday period, which ends next week with the conclusion of the Sukkot festival.

Not being able to work due to not having a Green Pass will be considered an unjustified absence that does not warrant being paid, the ministry noted.

Those teachers will not be permitted to teach remotely, it added.

Since the beginning of the school year on September 2, teachers have been required to have a Green Pass to enter schools. But those who did not have the document were still paid, even though they were not working.

Ran Erez, chairman of the Secondary School Teachers Association, said that while he supports the idea of unvaccinated teachers being banned from entering schools, he opposes denying them wages.

“There are quite a few jobs that can be given to a teacher from home, such as [distanced] individual hours for students in quarantine or Zoom lessons. They should not be punished immediately, but given another alternative,” he told Kan........

© The Times of Israel

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