Distance Learning Update 18 March

The Distance Learning groove is well underway. I monitor what’s happening in the classes and not surprisingly students are engaged and and challenged. In this week’s Newsletter (coming out tomorrow – not Friday), I have included more images from the wonderful effort that is being made to make Distance Learning a success, given the circumstances. 

Government discuss reopening schools
The article gives some insight into what Prime Minister Abe may talk about in tomorrow nights address: 
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200317_32/

Travel in the spring break
Those of you considering travel during the Spring Break may need to heed the changes (almost daily) to where you can travel and more importantly the implications for when you return:
 https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200318_16/

This news should be considered in conjunction with the Travel Quarantine Q&A that was shared from the Ministry of Health with the community

Home-School Connect
Please reach out to the teachers, next week especially. They are eager to talk about how your son or daughter is progressing since the beginning of the year. As we can’t hold face-to-face conferences, this is our next best solution.

Term Three
Planning is well underway for a return to school for Term Three. The landscape will naturally look different, given the change in health and safety procedures but the school is working on ways to further support the community. Stay tuned.

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.