Thursday March 26
School-closure for students – communiqué #7
In its recommendations issued on March 19, the scientific committee placed under the Prime Minister of Japan did not rule out the reopening of schools, as planned after the school holidays, on April 6. Almost all international schools have already aligned themselves on this date for the resumption of their courses. In the same report, the committee is concerned, however, about a possible acceleration of the pandemic in the next three weeks, in large urban centers like Tokyo or Osaka, and calls for remaining vigilant. In this regard, the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, declared, on the evening of March 25, that the capital was at a critical point and asked its inhabitants to respect a certain number of recommendations, such as not to go out, except emergency , next weekend.
In this evolving situation and consistent with the instructions of the local authorities, as in agreement with the French Embassy in Tokyo, the French Consulate General in Kyoto and the AEFE, it was decided not to reopen our establishments in Tokyo and Kyoto, before April 6. This additional time will allow us to check how the situation is evolving, as well as to determine how to implement the recommendations of the Japanese Ministry of Education, MEXT, recommended in the light of the work of the committee of experts. For the record, the recommendations of MEXT mainly relate to maximum ventilation of spaces, the distance between teachers and students, learning and respect for barrier gestures by students (hand washing and distance, in particular) and the systematic taking of temperature by students and staff.
The situation will be closely monitored in the coming days. We obviously remain attentive to the staff and parents of students, in particular to seek solutions to the problems that families would face.