Jerusalem High-schoolers Told to Stay in City Overnight to Avoid Trump Traffic

To make sure students won't miss a critical exam, administrators at a school along the route of the presidential motorcade advised test-takers to bunk in with friends on Sunday

Students in a high school in Jerusalem.
Michal Fattal

Students at a Jerusalem high school who live outside the city have been asked to remain in the capital Sunday night to guarantee that the anticipated traffic disruptions resulting from the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump over the next two days won’t prevent them from taking an important math exam.

Many roads in the capital will be closed to allow the president’s motorcade to pass, and disruptions to public transportation are expected. The high schools that are expected to be most affected by the road closures are the Hebrew University High School (“Leyada”) and the Sieff & Marks School, which are on the road leading to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and memorial, as well as Jerusalem Experimental High School and Gymnasia Rehavia, not far from the King David Hotel.

Parents of students at Leyada have said that administrators asked students who live outside the city and are scheduled to take the bagrut matriculation exam in math on Monday to stay at the homes of classmates on Sunday.

Israel's Education Ministry issued a special directive on Thursday, instructing students who will be taking the exam on Moday, as well as the proctors who will be supervising them, to report to school two hours before the test's 1 P.M. start time. The ministry recommended using public transportation to get to the schools.

Trump is scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Monday. He will meet with President Reuven Rivlin before going to Yad Vashem, where he will lay a memorial wreath. After a visit to the Israel Museum, he is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That will be followed by a private dinner for the president and the first lady, Melania Trump, with Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu.

Trump and his entourage will be staying at the King David.