These guidelines are a summary of our covid safety procedures for the start of the 2022-23 academic year. There are a number of changes from the previous academic year. Please read the following guidance carefully and if you have any questions, please ask.
The procedures outlined below are intended to align with prefectural guidance. We have also taken account of advice from the consultant physician to the Japan Council of International Schools, Dr Tom Lomax.
Morning Temperature and Symptom Checks
- Parents should check their child’s temperature and condition every morning.
- If a student has a fever (above 37.5) or any covid type symptoms, the student should stay at home and take a sick day. Please contact the school to give the reason for the absence.
- The school will not be checking the temperature of each student on entry to the school or collecting temperature / symptom check forms. In future, it will be the responsibility of the families to continue doing their own health checks and to respond accordingly.
- As before, if your child is in school, but appears to have a fever or symptoms, we will notify parents and ask them to come to school to pick up their child.
- If anyone else in the family is sick, we request that families monitor symptoms very carefully.
Covid positive family member:
If anyone in the family has covid, please inform the school immediately. Students should stay home, unless it is clear that there has been no possibility of close contact. (Eg if the parent developed covid on a business trip and has not returned home yet.)
Covid positive student:
If a student has covid, or is suspected of having covid, parents should inform the school immediately and the student should stay at home. (Please try to use ManageBac to inform the school.)
Returning to school after covid:
When students are diagnosed with covid, they are usually informed by the doctor or by the hospital when they would be safe to return to school. It depends on how long the symptoms continue.
Students can return to school on the day identified by the health care provider to attend school.
Parents inform the school of the return date and receive confirmation from the school before coming back to school. (Please try to use ManageBac to inform the school.)
Close contact or suspected close contact:
Parents should inform the school of any close contact. Students should remain at home if they are a close contact, or if close contact is suspected.
Return to school for close contacts:
If there are no symptoms, the return date should be as directed by the local Public Health Center and after confirmation from the school.
Support for Learning During Absence
If a student is required to stay home, but is physically well during their absence, the school will provide some limited learning guidance and activities through SeeSaw or Managebac. This is intended to help students remain connected to the units of work in school and to smooth their return to class. Please note that the school will not attempt to provide a full distance learning or hybrid programme during student absences.
Note also that students who are sick are not expected to do school related study or activity. Any student who feels up to reading or self study is welcome to do so, of course, but there will be no expectation from the school.
The school will not close the class for an individual covid case, unless there is significant evidence of close contact behaviour between members of the class, or if there are other students absent with symptoms.
If there are multiple cases in a class, then the class is likely to be closed for a few days and the school will confirm details of the closure and the number of days depending on the circumstances of the particular case. Any closure decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
Morning Arrival, Timing and Procedures
08.00 The school gates will open and students can begin to arrive from that time.
08.15 The school doors will be opened and students can begin to go in. Students must wash their hands before going to their classroom.
08.30 School starts at 8.30 am for all students.
- Parents can come onto the school grounds from 8.00 am and accompany their child to the playground.
- Parents of students in Grade 2 or younger must stay with their children until at least 8.15 am when the school doors will be opened.
- Parents are welcome to stay on campus until school starts at 8.30am.
- All students should be in their classrooms ready to start learning by 8:30 am.
Outside: In line with current guidance, children do not need to wear masks when playing outside or doing PHE outside. However, students can continue to wear a mask outside if they wish. It is optional.
Inside: Students and staff will continue to wear masks inside as before, except when eating and drinking.
Students will eat lunch in their classrooms, rather than eating together in the gym as they did in the previous academic year. Students will still be expected to eat their lunch without talking and teachers will be supervising.
Trips & Camps
Field trips and camps will go ahead and we will be following general covid safety practices to ensure that trips and camps are done safely.
Parents and other visitors on campus
School events, assemblies, presentations, concerts, etc.
We will allow parents and visitors on campus for events. During this year we will run events and activities much as we did before the pandemic, but we will also continue basic covid safety procedures, such as mask wearing, handwashing and pre-visit temperature checking.
Events with other schools or communities:
Events with other schools or community groups can go ahead, with basic covid safety measures in place, such as mask wearing, handwashing and pre-visit temperature checking.