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

 

KIU Academy - New School Year

Dear Parents,

We hope that you have been able to enjoy the spring break.

The teachers and staff at KIU Academy are looking forward to starting the 2021-2022 school year on April 12 (Monday).

Because of the recent increase in covid-19 cases in the Kinki region, KIUA will be starting the spring term with the delayed scheduled (the same schedule that we used in the winter term; with school gates opening at 8:30 and homeroom starting at 9:05 [9:00 for high school] ).

LINK - - 2021 - Spring Term School Schedule

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 Checkup Sheet (ENG)

Last year the KIU Board of Directors decided to make changes to our foundational statements. The updated version is as follows:

Mission
Equipping students as cross-cultural leaders who impact the world for Jesus.

Vision
Students communicate in English and Japanese; collaborate with people from different cultures; are prepared for college, career, and citizenship; and have increased openness to and understanding of Jesus.

Philosophy
We believe bilingual, internationally-minded, American-based, Christ-centered education within a caring community equips students.

The updated version of the school handbook includes this and other changes. Please read the handbook carefully and return the "Notice of Agreement" (page 61) signed to the school office.

LINK - - Parent-Student Handbook 2021-2022

In addition, please note that:

  1. The School Calendar has been updated  (LINK - - Calendar 2021-2022 )
  2. The School Supply List is now available (LINK - - School Supply List )
  3. KIUA has an *optional* uniform that you can purchase online

Thank you for your attention and support.

KIU Academy

End of State of Emergency

Dear Parents and Students,

The State of Emergency in Kyoto will be lifted at the end February.

Therefore KIU Academy will revert to the "Winter Schedule" starting Monday, March 1st.  

  • The school gate will open at 8:30 AM
  • Elementary and Middle School Homeroom will begin at 9:05 AM
  • High School Homeroom will begin at 9:00 AM
  • Elementary School students will be dismissed at 15:15
  • Middle and High School students will be dismissed at 15:35

For more details, please access the file below:

LINK :  WINTER TERM School Schedule

We ask that you continue to monitor your child’s health condition and fill the Health Check-up Sheet for March.

Students should bring the completed form every day, starting March 1st.

LINK:   Health Check-up Sheet for Students (March) - English

Thank you,

Haroldo Simoes

KIUA Principal

February Updates

Dear parents and students,

 

As you know, the State of Emergency in Kyoto has been extended until March 7th, 2021.

Therefore KIUA will continue using the most recent, shortened schedule (40 minutes classes).

If the State of Emergency is lifted prior to March 7th, we plan on reverting back to the previous schedule (the one we used at the start of the term).
The precise day of the switch of schedules (if any) will be announced in advance.

 

At school we are also trying to be especially careful to avoid activities which may increase the possibility of spreading viruses.

With Valentine's Day soon approaching, please note the following guidelines for the holiday:

  • In ELEMENTARY school, all forms of valentine's day exchanges are not allowed this year.
  • In SECONDARY school, only gifts that were purchased commercially are allowed (no home-made Valentine's Day gifts). Items should be in their original packaging.

 

At home, we ask you follow Kyoto Prefecture's request (based on the Special Measures Law) and instruct your children to refrain from going out unless absolutely necessary or urgent, especially after 8 PM.

 

Haroldo Simoes

KIUA Principal

 

"Life Education" sessions

Dear Parents of Grade 6 to Grade 10 students,

We would like to inform you that KIUA "Life Education" will take place starting Friday this week. Through this unit, we would like MS HS students to be able to:

  • Think about how the choices they make will affect their future, either positively and negatively. We would like to assist students to set well-informed goals for their future. 
  • Define abstinence and identify the benefits of practicing abstinence.
  • Understand how they are influenced by the media and how they can critically analyze and view media.
  • Examine the difference between media portrayal of sex and reality.
  • Understand the danger and risk of pornography.

This unit will continue between Feb 5 (Fri) – 12 (Fri). As a Christian school, we will be teaching those objectives from a Biblical perspective. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Yokotani. At KIU Academy, we would like to work together with the parents and students so as to assist in the students' positive physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual development.

           Feb 5 (Fri) 1st period

           Feb 8 (Mon) 2nd period

           Feb 9(Tue) 3rd period

           Feb 10 (Wed) 4th period   

           Feb 11 (Thurs) 8th period  

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear KIU Academy parents,

Parent-Teacher conferences for the winter trimester are scheduled for February 15-19. We want to use this opportunity to inform parents of their children’s progress up to this point. The homeroom teacher will send you a reservation form. If you are unable to meet at any of the times listed, please make arrangements with your child’s homeroom teacher to set up a different time.

LINK (click to view): Parent-Teacher Conference Appointment Letter

Response to the Declaration of a State of Emergency

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you for your continued support of KIU Academy.

The recent declaration of a state of emergency that was issued on January 13th includes 11 prefectures and Kyoto is among them. This time the declaration does not require school closures, but in keeping with governmental recommendations we will take the following measures:

  1. Classes will be shortened by 5 minutes so that the school day can start later and our students can avoid crowded trains in the morning. Campus will be open from 9:20 and homeroom will start at 9:35 for high school students and 9:40 for middle school and elementary students.
  2. Middle and high school sport clubs will continue to have practice sessions but will not be having games with students from other schools. All club events will be limited to 2 hours in length.
  3. Play time after school (on campus) will be suspended so that students can return home early.

These measures will be in place from Tuesday, January 19 to Sunday, February 7.

They may be changed or the period extended depending on circumstances.

Please click below to view the school schedule for period of the state of emergency:

SCHOOL SCHEDULE DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

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).

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 (“Hokenjo” of your area)  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).

Any diagnosis of COVID-19 in your child or any family member that your child lives with should be communicated to the school immediately. Please call the school office at 0774-64-0804. If outside office hours, please email receptionist@kyotoiu.ac.jp

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

Thank you,

Haroldo Simoes

KIUA Principal

 

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

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