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OYIS COVID-19 Updates & Information

10.04.2020

 

State of Emergency announced by the Government of Japan

On April 7, 2020, the Government of Japan declared a State of Emergency for a period of one month effective today until May 6, 2020, and will cover Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures, whose governors will exercise specific authorities to implement local measures to combat COVID-19.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe provided the following further details in making this announcement:

  • Those infected with COVID-19 who have mild symptoms or no symptoms will stay at hotels and other venues, instead of hospitals, so as to alleviate the burden on medical institutions.
  • The general population is encouraged to refrain from going out for non-essential purposes with a view to reducing people-to-people contact by 70 to 80 percent. Bars, night-clubs, karaoke and live-music houses, in particular, should be avoided as they are more likely to meet the “3Cs” risk criteria (closed spaces; crowded places; and close-contact setting). Going to a gathering or an event is also discouraged.
  • Tele-work (work at home) and other measures will be encouraged.
  • Business owners including restaurant owners are asked to take preventive measures such as ensuring ventilation and keeping distance among visitors at the venue.
  • When going out, it is advised to keep a distance from other people.
  • The State of Emergency is not intended to translate into lockdowns, as is the case in other countries. Public transportation will continue to operate, including trains and buses. Roads will not be closed.
  • In cooperation with municipalities, normal operations of basic and essentials services will continue, including the provision of public utility services, such as electricity, gas, telecommunication, financial services, garbage collection and incineration.

The State of Emergency allows prefectural and municipal levels of government to call for specific action to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Many businesses and services are expected to close or reduce to essential services during this period.

Emergency services (Fire, Police, SDF) will continue to operate but will operate on reduced shifts which may cause a minor delay in the event of a catastrophic emergency. However, these organizations are planning for potential disaster response contingencies that would also enable social distancing, if required;

Transportation:

  • Public transit will remain open although may reduce in frequency
  • Several train lines and domestic airlines are expected to reduce service
  • Taxis will remain in operation with enhanced cleaning protocols

Retail Services:

  • Facilities that are considered essential will be permitted to open, while being asked to take measures to limit contact and enforce social distancing, including grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, banks, hotels, factories, public bathhouses, government offices
  • Most schools and universities will be closed.

Facilities that will be permitted to remain open, depending on their use:

  • Some schools, daycare centres, care facilities for elderly

Facilities that will be closed:

  • Leisure facilities including bowling alleys, pachinko parlours, karaoke clubs, and pubs will be asked to close
  • Major department stores are generally closing voluntarily
  • Delivery through Japan’s major delivery companies will continue

As measures may differ in the locality where you live or stay, you should verify with the prefectural government to confirm what specifics measures apply to you under this state of emergency. 

Source Canadian Embassy

 

02.03.2020
Re: COVID-19 Continuation of Virtual School

Dear OYIS community,

We would like to take a moment to thank our entire community for their continued support during these difficult times and would like to inform you of the decision that we have made, which is based on consultation with other international schools through the Japan Council of International Schools network, government agencies and the interests of our community. The leadership team has decided to extend virtual school until May 6th, 2020. We would like to note that this situation is rapidly changing and it is difficult to predict what may happen from day to day. We will continue to revisit our current in-school start date as new information becomes available or as government guidelines change.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The coronavirus is officially called the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease is officially called COVID-19. COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19, both globally and within Japan, OYIS is updating its response to the ongoing epidemic. It is our first priority to protect and serve our community. We would like to note that this situation is rapidly changing and it is difficult to predict what may happen. The number of people that have become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus has not decreased. For this reason, the school will follow the guidelines given by the Japanese national government and keep the school closed until after the OYIS spring break, which ends April 6th, 2020. The school will continue its online learning program until March 20th. From March 20th, OYIS will observe its two-week spring break according to the school calendar.

During this period, please continue to monitor your email as the school will provide relevant updates on the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds.

OYIS Campus Closure

OYIS will be closed to all students from February 29th until May 6th. Classes are planned to resume on May 6th. This closure is due to the mandate from Osaka city and closure guidelines given by the Japanese federal government.

Should the situation change we will update the school community as soon as possible.

School FAQs

Will the school days that have been missed be added to the end of the school year? 
As students continue to learn through the virtual school during the period when the campus has been temporarily closed, there have been no missed school days. Therefore at this point OYIS does not intend to extend the school year. 

Is there any partial tuition refund for the period that the campus has been closed? 
Tuition is used to cover the costs of the whole year’s education, including staffing, facilities upkeep and other resources. These costs have already been incurred for the current school year. Tuition also covers the costs of distance learning and the resources that support students working from home. Therefore, even in the case of temporary closure of campus, we are not able to offer any refund of tuition fees.

School Event Updates

OYIS will cancel the following events:

– International Festival
– Grades 3-5 PYP Camps
– Overnight trips
– MYP Kanazawa trip

OYIS will postpone the following events:

– Parent Info sessions
– Most field trips (there may be some case-by-case exemptions)
– Grade 6 PYP Camp

OYIS will continue to hold the following events at this time with modifications to protect the community:

– Exhibition
– Community Projects
– Sports Day (students only)

Travel Guidelines for the OYIS community

In order to protect our school community, OYIS will require all OYIS members to follow these travel guidelines:

Iran, South Korea, China, Italy

​If you have come into contact or visited an area listed above in the last 14 days, you must not come to school and must inform the school immediately.

Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
The United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

​If you have come into contact or visited an area listed above in the last 14 days, you must inform the school and report to the nurse daily for temperature/health checks.

Nobuko Moriyama
nobuko-moriyama@oyis.org

Upon returning from spring break on April 6th, we will ask all parents to fill out a declaration of travel document. Failure to comply will result in your child(ren) not being allowed to return to school.

Parent & Caregiver Responsibilities

If you feel your child may have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please contact 06-6941-2297 for multilingual support (Japanese only: 06-6647-0641) and ask for their direction.

Parents should follow the advice of medical professionals.

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

Symptoms can include:

– Fever
– Cough
– Shortness of breath

Prevention:

– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap an water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Stay home when you are sick.
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.

If one of your families is tested positive or under monitoring, please contact nobuko-moriyama@oyis.org

Information Resources

​Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX)
Phone number: 06-6941-2297
9:00 – 20:00 Monday and Friday,
9:00 – 17:30 Tues, Wed, and Thurs
English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Indonesian and Nepalese.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Coronavirus Age, Sex, Demographics (COVID-19)

Government Updates

 
At OYIS, we take the health and safety of our community seriously. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding in helping to keep our community as safe as possible.

© Osaka YMCA International School 2020