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Correspondence of schools in Tsukuba City, regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 28, 2020 5:23 PM | Others

The City of Tsukuba had emergency meetings regarding the request from the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to close all public schools in Japan from March 2nd.

In consideration for parents who cannot be absent from work, and to allow them to have time for preparation, schools will have regular classes until March 5th. If children feel insecure to attend school until that day, they may be absent and their absence won't be counted.

Classes will be cancelled from March 6th to 24th but the school will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as independent-learning time for students, with teachers' presence. Gakudo (after school facility) will be open as usual.

School meals will be provided until March 5th as usual. On March 2nd, there will be a survey taken to identify the needs for lunch from March 6th onwards. After March 6th, lunch will be provided to those who requested it in the survey.

Further details will be provided in handout to be distributed on March 2nd.

Public daycare centres, Jidokan (Children's centre), public kindergartens, Gakudo (after school facility) will be operated as usual.

Any updates or changes made to this policy will be announced as needed.
We understand many people feel anxious given this ever-changing situation, and are determined to take measures to the maximum extent possible to help children and their guardians live their lives in Tsukuba with a peace of mind.

We ask your kind understanding and cooperation in preventing the spread of the disease.

Tatsuo IGARASHI, Mayor of the City of Tsukuba
Mitsuru Morita, School Superintendent of the City of Tsukuba

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