A school lockdown is a form of mass expulsion of students from the premises and their parents are not permitted to enter the school to see them, according to a new report.
The report by the Israel Education Ministry’s Civil Administration Center for the Education of the Elderly, which was released on Thursday, was made public just days after a report from the Israeli news site Ynet said there was a record number of students leaving the school every day.
The report said that on a daily basis, an average of 30 percent of the 8,000 students in the public school system leave.
The ministry’s center said that about 60 percent of these students have been expelled.
The average length of time students are expelled is a matter of weeks.
An Israeli government spokeswoman said that the new report is “unfounded and irresponsible.”
The ministry also released a video on Thursday titled “Eliminating the threat of a school-wide lockdown” in which it claims that the number of schools closing each day has decreased since its inception.
The ministry’s report, which it said was based on data collected in 2017, said that schools are now using the emergency response mechanism as a last resort in the event of a lockdown.
The video also cited the Israeli Defense Force’s use of the lockdown, as well as the government’s decision to use force to expel students.
The Ministry said it is working on a response to the report, but that it has not yet received any formal requests from students or parents.
“The IDF has no right to impose lockdown,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it is committed to improving the educational environment of students in public schools.
The Israeli Education Ministry is also in the process of revamping the country’s civil service, including hiring hundreds of new employees.
According to the Israel Public Advocate’s office, the number for new civil servants has increased by about 50 percent in the past three years, with more than a third of them being women.
At least two of the five high-profile civil servants have been removed in recent years for allegedly violating the civil service’s rules, which include the separation of church and state.