Deadline for ordering photos of events in the 2020-2021 school year is set for June 30th

Dear parents and guardians of KIUA 2-7 grade students,

For photos of events in the 2020-2021 school year, the deadline for ordering is set for June 30th. If you would like to order pictures but have not done so yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. Ordering of photos is not required or expected in any way but is available for parents who would like to have them.
If you would like to register but lost the "KuraPuri User Guide," please talk to the receptionist.

UPDATE: July 3, 2021

Dear Parents,

We hope that you and your family are doing well.

As the end of the spring trimester approaches, we would like to update you on the following.

Because of persistent concerns related to COVID-19 that resulted in the extension of the State of Emergency in Kyoto until June 20, KIU Academy has decided that:

  1. In person Parent-Teacher Conferences are cancelled this term. Please feel free, however, to contact your child's homeroom teacher by phone or email. We hope to be able to have regular conferences next term.
  2. Midterm Grades will be issued June 11 (they will be emailed directly to parents). If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.
  3. MS-HS Sports Day will be postponed to fall term. Therefore June 21 will  be a regular school day for MS-HS (the substitute holiday due to Sports Day reverts to a regular class day). The tentative date for the event is October 16. 
  4. The MS-HS Camp (grades 6-11) that was planned to be held at the National Noto Youth Friendship Center has been cancelled. In its place we are planning a different activity. More details about this will be sent to parents in the coming days.

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and support. 

Haroldo Simoes

KIU Academy Principal

Online Library for KIU Academy students

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you that KIU Academy has recently joined an online library consortium with several other international schools.

Students will be able to access this service from home, provided that they have access to a device with internet access and a browser.

This is the site where students will be able to access the online library :

https://kiu.eplatform.co/ 

The KIUA online library is a resource for reading books and for listening to audiobooks in English. The catalog of books includes material for all age levels, but books that are not appropriate for young readers will be restricted based on their grade level.   Although the school has done some sorting of books, parents are the final judge of what they think is appropriate for their children. We recommend that parents monitor what their children are reading from the online library just as they would monitor what their children borrow from a public library.

KIU Academy students will be issued a personal username and password for the online library. Detailed information about the login information will be given in class by your child's English teacher. If your children have trouble logging in to the online library, please direct them to speak with their English teacher for help.

Starting next week we will give students their login information. At first this resource will be used primarily for "extended reading" purposes, but it might be expanded in the future to have a greater role in English classes.

Thank you for your continued support of the school.

Haroldo Simoes

KIUA Principal

REMINDER RELATED TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

Dear Parents and Students,

As you are aware, the Kyoto Prefectural Government is in the process of finalizing a request to the government to extend the state of emergency, and it is expected that the state of emergency will continue beyond Monday, May 31.

Therefore, we would like to encourage all families and students to review our school's policies, and to continue to work with a sense of urgency to prevent infections and promote good health.

Reference Link -- KIUA COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies - ENG

Please continue to take your child's temperature every morning, and record it on the "Health Check-up Sheet" that you will receive at the end of this month. (If you lose the form, please print it from the link below.

Reference Link -- Health Check-up Sheet for Students (June) - ENG

In addition, please help us follow the emergency measures recommended by the Education Division of Kyoto Prefecture (Excerpts from "Requests during the Emergency Measures Period," Kyoto Prefecture, dated May 19):

  • If a student has a fever or other symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, etc.), be sure to take a break from school and consult your family doctor.
  • In principle, students you should stay home for 14 days if a person living with a student is found to be infected and you suspect that there has been close contact between them.
  • Please make it a habit to take your temperature, wash your hands thoroughly, and take care of your physical condition on a daily basis.
  • If you are using public transportation, be sure to wear a mask and do not talk while in the vehicle.
  • Refrain from going out and moving around unnecessarily, including during the daytime, and try to refrain from moving between prefectures unnecessarily.

If the declaration of a state of emergency continues after Monday, May 31, the "2021 - Spring Term SHORTENED School Schedule " will continue to apply.

When the declaration of a state of emergency is lifted KIUA will return to the schedule used at the start of the term.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

KIU Academy Principal
Haroldo Simoes

Reminder related to the State of Emergency

Dear Parents and Students,

Please note that the "State of Emergency Schedule" will continue to be used during the extension period of the state of emergency.

It is likely that the state of emergency will be extended until the end of May.

Parent-Teacher conferences will be postponed until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

H. Simoes

KIU Academy Principal

UPDATES: April 30, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please make sure to take your child's temperature every day before sending them to school (use the Health Checkup Sheet to record the temperature). Students who have a fever or are showing flu-like symptoms should stay home. Students who come to school must present the Health Checkup Sheet to the homeroom teacher.

For more details, please read the documents below:

LINK - - KIUA COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies - (ENG)

LINK - - Health Check-up Sheet for Students (May) - English

 

We look forward to resuming school after the Golden Week holidays. The next school day will be May 6 (Thursday).

KIU Academy

School Lunch Orders and Phone Hours During the State of Emergency

Dear Parents and Guardians

During the state of emergency, please place orders for school lunch at least one day in advance.
If you have no choice but to order on the day of the emergency, please do so by phone between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m.

Regarding phone calls to school, please note that the office hours during the state of emergency are between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

KIU Academy Office

Regarding a state of emergency

Dear Parents and Students,

As you have seen on the news, the prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto have requested that the Japanese national government declare a state of emergency in these areas. It is reported that the government will make a decision on April 23rd, and that the period of emergency will likely be between April 26th and May 9th.

If the Kyoto prefecture is included in a state of emergency declaration, KIU Academy will switch to using the "State of Emergency Schedule" (with homerooms starting at 9:40 [9:35 for high school]). This "State of Emergency Schedule" will start and end in accordance with the period of emergency that the government sets.

We do not plan any other modifications to our schedule or offering of classes unless the Kyoto prefectural government and board of education issue additional directives.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

H. Simoes

KIU Academy Principal

Update: April 21, 2021

Dear KIUA parents,

We hope that you and your family are all well and that your children are adjusting well to the new school year.

In view of the worsening COVID-19 situation in the Osaka area, we would like to make some changes and encourage renewed vigilance. In order to limit the time students spend on campus before and after school, the following changes will take effect from Thursday, April 22nd:

  1. The KIUA campus opening time will be pushed back to 8:45.
  2. Elementary students will not be allowed to play outside before school.
  3. There will only be one elementary bus pick up time in the mornings (8:45 at JR Kyotanabe and 8:50 at Kintetsu Shintanabe).
  4. At school, students should be diligent in washing their hands, wearing their masks, and following the guidelines for eating lunch.
  5. All students should leave immediately after school.
  6. All after school activities including clubs and tutoring will be cancelled.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Haroldo Simoes

KIU Academy Principal

 

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