Distance Learning Update 17 March

Magnificent weather, albeit with a cold start, today. So please make use of this time to get some mindfulness time in as a family or individual. Get away from the Distance Learning for a time and enjoy one reason why we are so lucky to live in Kyoto.

FAQs Distance Learning
Hopefully the document sent out last night helps to answer some of the community’s questions. This is a working document, and as more questions arise, these will be added into this document. Once, again your input is crucial to KIS, and support such as the FAQ document come as a result of your feedback.

Home-School Connect
Starting Monday 23 March through to Thursday 26 March parents are encouraged to connect with the teachers. As KIS cannot hold the normal Student Led Conferences, the teachers wanted to offer the parents a chance to talk about their child and how they are progressing in class. It is a great chance to chat about how students are developing in class, since the beginning of Term Two.  Feel free to reach out to your teachers.

Flexibility in Distance Learning
One question raised about Distance Learning, is how flexible the parents can be in its delivery? As flexible as what works for your home situation, is the answer. The teachers are more than aware of the different challenges every household faces. So if you or the students need time to complete other things during school time, this still works. Students can catch the school work up later but will be expected to complete all tasks. Let your teacher know, so they understand your situation as well.

Prime Minister Abe‘s announcement
On Thursday 19 March, Prime Minister Abe will complete his 10 day follow up review since the school closures on 9 March. KIS will be monitoring this announcement to help guide the school’s planning. Mr Taylor will be on a conference call with the Japanese International School Heads on Friday morning. As a collective we are all waiting for positive news to guide next steps.