Update for ELEMENTARY parents

Dear parents,
We pray you and your families are all well.
 
It seems that not everyone has a clear understanding about our plans for elementary school on Friday, April 10. From 8:45-11:15 (bus pick up at JR Kyotanabe at 8:25 and at Kintetsu Shintanabe at 8:30; bus back to the stations leaving at 11:20), elementary students who are able to come safely will go to each of their new classes for ten minutes, meet their teachers, and receive textbooks and assignments.  We are trying to limit the number of people in the buildings and classrooms, so we ask parents not to enter the buildings on Friday.  If you do not feel comfortable sending your children to school, please feel free to keep them at home. You may pick up your child’s textbooks and study materials Friday afternoon or you can contact your child’s homeroom teacher to discuss how and when to receive them.
 
If you have not yet logged in to the new KIUA Google account we have prepared for you, we encourage you to do so using the information sent home with last term’s report cards. For parents who would like training in how to help their children use the Google online learning tools, we are planning seminars for parents next week.  Details about these seminars will be distributed soon.
 
Thank you for your support and cooperation,
Steve Rohrer
KIU Academy Vice Principal

UPDATE: April 7, 2020

Dear Parents,

KIU Academy is working hard to face the challenges that COVID-19 presented to all of us. We are confident that students,teachers and parents can work together and overcome these challenges.

The file links below contain vital information about the start of the 2020 school year.  We ask that you read these materials carefully, share them with your children and make a point of learning together how to use the online tools that we will use for teaching and learning (links to tutorial videos are included).

ELEMENTARY
2020 KIUA Distance Learning Guide for Parents and Students 
ENGLISH JAPANESE

MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL
2020 KIUA Online Learning Guide for Parents and Students
ENGLISH JAPANESE

It is a large amount of information to take in quickly, so please start soon and use the coming days to prepare.

With many thanks for your kind support,
KIU Academy

UPDATE: April 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the many survey responses we received. They have been of great value in our preparations.

These are the main updates for today. More detailed information will be posted later today and tomorrow:

  • Orientation for NEW students only is still planned to take place on April 8. We will, however, change the content (it will focus on explanations related to online learning for NEW parents and students). We will also split the groups into two. Elementary in the basement and Secondary in the C2F lecture hall. New parents and students should monitor their temperature daily (starting today) and should not attend orientation if their temperature is at or above 37.5 C any day between now and April 8.
  • School will NOT start on April 9. We will have teacher training and preparation instead.
  • On Friday, April 10, we plan to have students come to school to return last year's textbooks and pick up new textbooks. This will not be compulsory, and we will set a special schedule in order to avoid large crowds at the same place at the same time. For those who cannot come we will provide textbooks by other means (such as online).
  • Online learning will start April 13 (Monday).
  • Student Schedules can be viewed now on FACTS Family Portal (RenWeb). To request changes, please contact the homeroom teacher or Mr. Rohrer by email. This is for returning students only. New students will get their schedules at orientation.
  • Regarding laptops for online learning, we recommend it for MS and HS students in particular because they can be used at school when things return to normal. Elementary parents may want to consider other alternatives, but please make sure that the device is able to access the internet, has an internet browser and is convenient for typing.
  • For students in high-level computer classes, Mr. Quintana is putting together recommended specs (if you choose to purchase a computer). It will be made available when we post the School Supply List.

Note that the prime minister is expected to declare a "state of emergency" tomorrow. Our plans may have to be changed to accommodate Kyoto prefecture's and Kyotanabe city's response to the emergency.

Thank you for your continued support of the school.
KIU Academy

UPDATE: April 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

Due to developments related to COVID-19, KIU Academy has decided to change its stance and start the new year with online learning. The length of the online learning period has not been decided yet.

We are making detailed plans and will post them on this site as they become available.

 

To help us plan and better meet your needs, we ask that you respond to the online survey we sent home with Report Cards.

Some parents have not submitted survey answers yet. We would like to request that you spread the news and encourage other parents to access this site and take the survey.

MS-HS SURVEY (ENGLISH)

MS-HS SURVEY (JAPANESE)

ELEMENTARY SURVEY

 

Please also make the necessary preparations for your children to engage in online learning.

KIUA_ Computer for Online Learning (ENGLISH)

KIUA_ Computer for Online Learning (JAPANESE)

 

Thank you for your continued support of the school.
KIU Academy 

UPDATE: April 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

We are continuing to make preparations for the start of the school year although a lot of uncertainty remains about the future.

In order to help us understand your needs, we ask that you respond to the online surveys we sent home with Report Cards.

MS-HS SURVEY (ENGLISH)

MS-HS SURVEY (JAPANESE)

ELEMENTARY SURVEY

The national government has not imposed a nation-wide closing of schools. Instead, they left this decision to local authorities. 
As of 9:00 AM today, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto city and Kyotanabe city have not made any official decision regarding school closures.

However, circumstances might change quickly and KIU Academy may have to start this academic year with online schooling.
We encourage parents to make preparations for this possibility.

KIUA_ Computer for Online Learning (ENGLISH)

KIUA_ Computer for Online Learning (JAPANESE)

Thank you for your continued support of the school.
KIU Academy 

 

 

 

UPDATE: April 1, 2020

Dear Parents,

Yesterday (March 31st) we mailed you the Report Cards and other information.
More information will be posted on this site in the coming days.
We ask that you read everything carefully so we can all be ready for the start of the new academic year.

At this time, we hope to start school as originally planned on April 9th.
However, we will continue to monitor national and local government pronouncements and will adjust as needed.

Thank you for your understanding and support.
KIU Academy

UPDATE: March 30, 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope you and your family are enjoying the spring break despite difficult circumstances.

 

At KIU Academy we have been working on processing grades, printing Report Cards and making plans for the start of the new school year.

Our goal is to mail you all this information on Tuesday, March 31st.

 

As you may know, a few cases of the new coronavirus infection were confirmed in Kyotanabe city recently ( http://www.kyotanabe.jp/0000014665.html ) and also at Kyoto Sangyo University.

 

Thankfully, there are no suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases within the KIUA community. We will continue to monitor this situation and will do our best to establish safety plans for resuming school. 

 

We will also continue to post updates on this platform.

 

Thank you for your understanding,

 

KIU Academy

 

High School Graduation 高等部卒業式について

Dear Parents and Students,
The high school graduation ceremony will be held this Friday, March 20th.
Because of the coronavirus problem, only the graduating students and 2 family members are allowed to attend in person.
Everyone else is invited to watch the ceremony via livestream video (see link below). The ceremony will start between 10:00 and 10:30 AM.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk7NVs8H62c

保護者各位

高等部卒業式は、3月20日(金)に執り行うことになりました。

新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大を防ぐため、大変申し訳ございませんが、参加者は卒業生とご家族様(2名まで)に限らせていただきます。

それ以外の方々におかれましては、ライブストリームビデオで卒業式をご覧いただければ幸いです。卒業式は午前10時~10時30分の間にスタートします。​
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk7NVs8H62c

What is coronavirus? コロナウイルスってなんだろう?

Fujita Health University School of Medicine ​created a resource for elementary kids to understand what coronavirus is and how to deal with it. You can view it by using this link:

http://www.fujita-hu.ac.jp/~microb/

藤田医科大学 医学部は、小学生にコロナウイルスについて知ってもらうための資料を作成しました。​上のリンクをクリックするとご覧いただけます。

Elementary school update (March 3, 2020)

Today we sent packets of assignments to each elementary student’s home by mail. Most of the enclosed assignments will not affect your child’s grade for the term but are mainly sent for home study. Please encourage your child to do the assignments to help them review what they have learned and to develop their abilities. During school hours on weekdays (9:00 to 14:40), please urge your child to use this time as much as possible for study and work on assignments at home.

Homeroom teachers will be calling to see if you have any questions about the assignments we have sent.  Your child's subject teachers will also call from time to time to talk with the students about their progress if you would like.  If you have any questions about the assignments, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher by e-mail or mail the school at kiu@kyotoiu.ac.jp.

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