Sending your child to a foreign country for a gap year can be concerning. Parents worry that their child's getting lost, they worry about their kids experiencing anxiety, and they worry about their kids getting sick. Sending your children to Israel for their gap year is stressful enough, even more so now during a global pandemic, with many parents experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety.
Thanks to EMA Care, most yeshiva and seminaries have a pandemic plan in place in case of another Coronavirus outbreak. Schools that have a pandemic plan have logistical plans (food, laundry, cleaning) to allow their students to properly quarantine on their arrival to Israel and during the year if needed. The schools also have a health and mental health care plan that includes access to the EMA Care 24/7 hotline, on-campus clinics, and telemedicine.
Although there are many protocols set in place in order to make the gap year as stress-free as possible, parents are still feeling the pressure. Here are some helpful guidelines for parents who are very worried about their child in Israel:
EMA Care is working tirelessly to ensure that the gap year students have a smooth year without stress. In addition, when the Coronavirus first broke out, EMA Care took care of thousands of students who were in Israel and we had NO Coronavirus cases with many students quarantining successfully! Students should be safe as long as they follow the regulations and rules and there is no reason for parents to make their children more nervous about the upcoming year.
EMA Care has set up WhatsApp groups in order to inform parents and students about what is going on in Israel, without overwhelming them. If you want to join the group ????
Parents can also ask questions on the group to Efrat Seidenfeld and get a response from the head of EMA Care, Dr. Eliana Aaron.
This upcoming Gap Year has many uncertainties, however, it is important to understand that many yeshiva's and seminaries have already dealt with this difficult reality and EMA Care will continue to help them throughout these hard times.
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Thank you for the zoom (and all your updates). It was great. I wish the news was like that. Straight forward, factual, unemotional. Bravo to both of you ladies!!