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Children recovered from COVID exempted from antigen tests when schools resume

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Students under 12 returning to school following the Sukkot vacation who have recovered from COVID in the last six months will be exempt from the requirement to present a negative antigen test, officials announced late Sunday.

A joint statement from the education and health ministries announced the change ahead of the return to school on Wednesday after a week off for the holiday.

Students who have not been ill will still be required to present a negative test in order to be allowed into schools, according to a decision taken by the cabinet last week.

Ahead of the start of the school year on September 1, parents of all students in first through sixth grades were requested to pick up rapid antigen testing kits from schools and administer them to their kids, but they were not made mandatory for admission to classrooms.

Rapid tests can be completed at home and results take less than 15 minutes. According to the new measure — approved by the attorney general — parents or guardians will be asked to pick up a testing kit from Magen David Adom distribution sites and sign a declaration that the test came back........

© The Times of Israel

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