While the first day of the school year began as planned, more than 80,000 toddlers stayed home after attempts to prevent a strike in daycare centers were unsuccessful.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, approximately 188,000 children went to compulsory kindergartens, along with 388,000 children who went to kindergartens.
1,048,000 students tied to their school bags when they went to elementary school, 167,000 of whom entered their first year.
Approximately 299,000 students were good for those attending high school, while the number of students attending high school was around 477,000. 131,000 of them started their final year at school.
194,000 teaching staff also completed their weeks-long summer holiday.
According to the Ministry of Education, this year's school year will focus on promoting unity in Israeli society, and will be marked as "preserving unity, preserving uniqueness".
"I think this is the beginning of the most peaceful and orderly year in years, with exciting opening ceremonies around the country," Minister of Education Naftali Bennett wrote on his Facebook page.
"Thanks to the school principals and the teaching staff who have prepared these long summer weeks on this day." Good luck for students! "
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in an annual opening ceremony at a religious primary school in Yad Binyamin on Sunday morning.
"I thought the lessons were even more important than the breaks, and I learned the most important lessons, first of all to read and then to write, and then to learn English," Netanyahu told the young children who looked up to him.
"But the most important thing was to read, because if you can read, everything is open to you, I loved reading and more than anything else, I loved reading the Bible and history," continued the Prime Minister. .
President Reuven Rivlin also visited a school in Netivot in southern Israel to mark the beginning of the academic year.
"I want to tell you, boys and girls, you can be prime ministers and of course presidents of the country," he said when he addressed the children.
"You can be pastors or Knesset members … The moment I go to school, I will never forget the teacher who taught me in first grade," said Rivlin, who shared his own experience as a youngster.
"Opening the school year is perhaps one of the happiest days of the year, marking a new beginning for so many people: for the parents, or the teachers, and especially for you, the students who are just going to school at the moment and make the next step forward, "Rivlin said.
"We know that everything starts with education, but we do not always understand the educational mission that our educators carry on their shoulders every day, every hour," he said as he praised the teaching staff of Israel.
"The boys and girls here are the future of the state of Israel, and soon the young generation who grew up in Netivot will lead the state of Israel."
The opening of schools in the Arab sector was not without problems in certain communities, mainly due to shortcomings that were not addressed in time for the beginning of the year.
Mayor of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in Haifa district, Mursi Abu Mokh, however, visited some of the schools in the area, where he met students and board members and wished them a successful new year.
"We, in the city, have done everything to prepare the schools so that the students have teachers and a great welcome ceremony, and thankfully we started the studies with happiness and without problems," he said.
"We will continue to invest in education to achieve great success as always." Together with all officials, we can lead to the right place, and we wish you all success during your journey, "he added Abu Mokh.
Adir Yanko, Ahiya Raved, Itay Blumenthal, Ittai Shickman, Inbar Tvizer and Raanan Ben Zur contributed to this report.