Announcement Regarding COVID-19

Dear KIUA Parents,

We pray that this letter finds you well.

As you know, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to be a concern, and we hear more and more news about school closures even in Kyoto prefecture.

We would like to remind you that it is extremely important to continue to monitor your child’s health condition, and make sure that they do not come to school if they show flu-like symptoms. In addition to this, please also keep your child at home if they have been in close contact with anyone showing flu-like symptoms. Please also keep your child at home if your child or any family member that your child lives with took the PCR test and is still waiting for the result (do not send your child to school until a negative result is confirmed).

Although we do not have confirmed cases of COVID-19 at KIU Academy at this time, it is important to be prepared for the event of a case. Our policy on COVID-19 cases is to consult with the Health Authorities and follow their advice and instructions. The Ministry of Education indicates that it is now common practice for schools to close for 1 ~ 3 days when a confirmed case is found. If we have a confirmed case at KIUA, we will close temporarily (for as long as the authorities advise) and continue classes online. Please make sure that your children have the necessary tools (internet and computer) for an eventual switch to online classes.

With the number of cases increasing in this area, it is more and more likely for all of us to come into “close contact” with infected people. If your child is in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please (1) consult the local health authorities and (2) contact the school immediately. KIUA students who were in close contact with someone infected, in accordance with instructions given by local health authorities, stop attending school immediately and must stay home for two weeks (counting from the last day of contact with the infected person).

On a final note, please instruct your children on the need to be careful to maintain the privacy of infected persons. The Ministry of education has called upon parents and students to make every effort to avoid discrimination, prejudice, slander, etc. against infected persons and their families. If a climate of blaming others for the spread of the disease sets in, it may lead to delays in consultations at the proper medical facilities or result in people hiding the infection, which may lead to the spread of the infection in the area.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and ask for your continued support and cooperation.

Thank you,

Haroldo Simoes

KIUA Principal