First steps for distance learning

Dear parents,

We would like to share with you the first steps we would like to ask you to take to begin distance learning for your child. If you are able, please try to do these steps on Monday, April 13.

1.     Login to the gmail account which uses your child’s name

2.     Open the mails which are inviting your child to join classes in Google Classroom. 

3.     Accept the invitations to each of your child’s classes and click to watch the short welcome explanation videos for each of the classes.

4.     Look at what your child’s first assignment is for each of the classes (which they can start working on if they have time.)

If you have not accepted the invitations to join the classes by noon on Tuesday, April 14, your child’s homeroom teacher will call you to see if you need any assistance.

Thank you for your cooperation as we learn together how to help your child continue learning even during this time that they are at home.



The KIU Academy elementary teachers


Note: If you would like to watch a tutorial on how to use the Google Account applications we will be using for distance learning, please click this link:



Dear Parents.

In this post we are making available links to various school documents.

We hope that you find the information useful.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.


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).

2020 KIUA Distance Learning Guide for Parents and Students 

2020 KIUA Online Learning Guide for Parents and Students

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.





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.




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 ( ) 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.






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