To Students, Partners and Parents,

The Internatonal School would like to provide you with detailed updates regarding classes and International School activities, along with the current rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health and Government of Israel in regards to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

First and foremost, we would like to let you know that all courses and classes at the University of Haifa and International School will now be digital. All classes starting from today, March 15th, 2020 will be conducted through distance learning and the online Moodle system. All students will be able to access their classes and class materials online from within Israel and abroad. 

Study abroad students needing to return home or to their home institutions will be able access their classes through the Moodle system and complete their courses for the current semester from abroad. Classes will be taught at their scheduled times (Israel time) and some classes will be recorded and can be watched after their live viewing. Students residing both on and off campus, will have the ability to connect from the comfort of their current housing. 

At this time, distance learning will be in place until after the Passover Holiday, or until further notice from the University of Haifa administration.


Please see below for all updates from the Ministry of Health


**UPDATE** - New restrictions from the Ministry of Health- March 17, 2020:


It is important to note that banks grocery stores, health clinics, and pharmacies are open and functioning as normal:


Mandatory lockdown

  • Do not go outside, unless absolutely necessary (for work and in accordance with the restrictions below and in accordance with separately released directions, or to buy food or medicines, for medical care and other vital activities).
  • Do not got to parks, playgrounds, the beach, pools, nature reserves or other public places, however children can go outside with the family or with a pet (alone).
  • There are no extracurricular classes at all, not even with a small number of participants, including sports clubs and gyms. This also applies to workshops in a public or private setting.
  • Maintain social relationships over remote communication and avoid hosting friends and family members who do not reside at home.

How to reduce the need to go outside?

  • Remote work, video calls and conferencing
  • Delivery services - only to the doorstep

People at higher risk

People at higher risk should stay home as much as possible, avoid hosting people at home, except receiving healthcare professionals that provide essential services.

People at higher risk are:

  • Older adults
  • People with serious chronic illnesses
  • People with long term respiratory illnesses including asthma
  • People with autoimmune diseases
  • People with cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetics
  • People with immune system disorders and conditions
  • People with malignant diseases

Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through friends or family.

Visits to welfare, nursing or healthcare facilities serving as homes for their residents are forbidden, with the exception of a maximum of one caregiver, preferably a permanent caregiver.

People with symptoms are not permitted to accompany patients or visit institutions for older adults.

Healthcare services

  • In case of a health condition, it is advisable to use remote medical services, do not go to the clinic if possible, and follow HMO guidelines and online in the media.
  • Establish communication channels with your HMO. If you need medical care, check on the Internet or with family members HMO directions (you need to make sure you know how to contact your HMO and HMO guidelines).
  • If you feel sick, have fever, with or without respiratory symptoms, you should enter home isolation and avoid contact with family members. Measure your temperature twice a day. If you are concerned, contact your doctor or the HMO Hotlines.
  • In case of a fever, remain in isolation for two days after fever subsides. The rest of the family should enter isolation only if close contact with a COVID-19 case is confirmed.
  • Postpone dental care if not essential or an emergency.
  • Healthcare professionals are permitted to gather if work related, in groups of no more than 10 people.
  • Starting March 22 2020 (Sunday), elective operations in public medical centers will cease.

Going Outside

  • Urgent medical care - patients with fever and respiratory symptoms must stay home, except in case of a medical emergency.
  • Employees - in accordance with government directions and decrees to be published separately.
  • You may go outside to stock supplies if you cannot have them delivered to you or if a family member cannot bring them to you (in the case of elderly or chronically-ill patients).
  • Funerals - reduce to a minimum, go to close family members only and keep a distance of 2 meters between people. Avoid staying in confined spaces.
  • You can go outdoors for physical exercise in groups of no more than 5 people, while maintaining 2 meters distance of each other.
  • You can take a 10-minute walk alone in isolated locations or in the yard.
  • Child care - two families may join together in a regular arrangement to care for children.

How to behave while outdoors

  • Use of a private vehicle - One person only in the vehicle or same household members, except driving to receive medical care which is not an emergency.
  • Public transport should be avoided- From now until further notices, all buses and trains will stop operating after 20:00 (8pm) and will resume the following morning at 5:00. After the last bus on Thursday, public transport will resume on Sunday morning.
  • Put two meters distance between yourself and other people, when in a public place.
  • Hygiene - practice strict hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene (cough etiquette).

General behavior

  • Avoid physical contact including hugs and handshakes.
  • Do not use your hand to open doors.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Have your home ventilated as much as possible.
  • Doorknobs and doors must be disinfected.
  • Avoid kissing mezuzahs and other ritual objects.
  • Avoid eating from a single utensil and avoid sharing food.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or hookahs - you have a chance to quit smoking!
  • Healthy diet and physical exercise should be maintained while staying home.
  • Put two meters distance from other people.

Gatherings and events

  • Any gathering of more than 10 people is not permitted.
  • Prayer and religious ceremonies will be conducted in groups of up to 10 people each, keeping a distance of 2 meters from person to person and no more than 2 groups at a time.
  • All international conferences in Israel are prohibited.

Closed commercial establishments and entertainment venues

  • Nonessential stores as specified in the Decree 
  • Shopping malls (except supermarkets and pharmacies, places that sell food to take away)
  • Clubs, bars, pubs and dining establishments, including hotel dining (except dining establishments that sell take-away food)
  • Banquet halls
  • Gyms and swimming pools, water parks, zoo, safaris, petting zoos
  • Ritual baths (men), and bathhouses
  • Cinemas, theaters and other cultural institutions
  • Amusement facilities and amusement parks
  • Businesses for non-medical treatment
  • Exhibition halls and fairgrounds
  • Public boats
  • Cable cars and cable cars
  • Heritage sites

Educational institutions

  • All educational institutions ceased operations, regardless of the number of children. This includes special education, dormitories, daycares, youth camps, day camps and afternoon care.
  • The Council for Higher Education opened the semester by distance learning; there is no teaching in the classrooms.

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