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Entrance Ceremony cancelled on April 11, 2020 (Saturday)

posted Mar 27, 2020, 11:54 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Thank you very much for your ongoing understanding and support for the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston (JLS). 


After much deliberation, the School Board has decided to cancel the Entrance Ceremony on April 11, 2020.  The situation has evolved that it would be even more difficult to hole the ceremony, compared to the Graduation day, given the fact that Medford Public Schools have requested us not to hold classes and any large gatherings.   Besides, many schools and districts have decided to have school closures for a certain period of time, which would lead us to only expect that we will continue to be under difficult and uncertain circumstances.


In order to keep students learning during Spring vacation, below is a list of websites we would recommend.  Please make the full use of this.


We will make our very best to inform you of any changes and plans we will decide including the possibility of opening the school on April 11, 2020.


We appreciate your understanding and continued support under this extraordinary circumstance.

REPORT CARDS AND DIPLOMAS

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:06 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Students who will return for the school year 2020-2021 will receive their report cards, diplomas/certificates, and handouts on the first day of the new school year. Other students will receive them by mail.

<Follow-up Notice Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as of 3-6-2020>

posted Mar 6, 2020, 1:57 PM by Hiromi Takahashi

Dear Japanese Language School Guardians,

The purpose of this letter is to supplement previous correspondences from the JLS.  

Once again, thank you very much for your ongoing understanding and support for the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston (JLS) in these turbulent times.

Today, there was a direct request from the Superintendent of the Medford Public Schools. We were asked to self-isolate in our homes following travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread instances of the virus for 14 days. 

The school’s administration is working with the Board of Directors and the PTA to make every effort to ensure the safety of children. Ensuring security is not only for our school but also for the safety of Medford High School students and their stakeholders.

Your child must not come to school solely by your own judgment. If any cases arise from our school, the trust relationship we have built with Medford High School along with all the efforts everyone is giving now will be wasted. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


Guidelines Regarding COVID-19

The superintendent of the Medford Public Schools strongly suggested observing the state, federal and CDC guidelines. At this time please be sure to follow these steps:

If a family member or a person living together returns from a country (including Japan) included in Travel Risk Levels 2 and 3 (including Washington State)

・ Two weeks will be the observation period just before commuting to school. The following two conditions are required to resume school.

① In order to come to school on March 7 (tomorrow), → You must have returned to the United States before February 22.

② No family has shown any symptoms for more than two weeks.

・ If a family member or a person becomes ill, contact the school immediately.


COFFEE BAKE TABLE WILL BE CLOSED

posted Mar 6, 2020, 9:44 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Due to the current development of COVID-19, Coffee Bake Table will be closed until further notice.

PERSONNEL CHANGE

posted Mar 6, 2020, 9:43 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

The following teachers are leaving the JLS at the end of the school year, March 14th, 2020:

Mr. Haruo Ishikawa, Principal
Mr. Kiyomi Tashiro, Vice-Principal
Ms. Akiko Aoki, Grade 1 Class 5
Ms. Ritsuko Sullivan, Grade 7 Class 1
Ms. Hiromi Mochida, Grade 7 Class 2

NOTICE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

posted Mar 6, 2020, 9:42 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

RESTRICTION FOR ALL VISITORS:
1) MARCH 7TH
Please refrain from entering the school:
- If any family member has returned from Japan, countries with many confirmed cases of COVID-19 or Washington State (added on March 4th)
- If you are feeling sick or have a high temperature/ cough

2) MARCH 14TH
Only JLS students, JLS families, and authorized personnel will be allowed to enter the school building. Please understand the Japanese Library will not accept non-JLS visitors.

SCHOOL SPIRIT PRODUCT SALE ON MARCH 14

posted Mar 6, 2020, 9:41 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

School spirit products will be available to purchase on March 14 at Parents' Waiting Room (3rd-floor cafeteria). Please visit the school product page for product details.

NOTICE FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD - TWO SAFETY-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

posted Mar 6, 2020, 9:40 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

1. Dropping Off at the West-side Fire Lane: Details here

2. Entering from the Pool Entrance Details here

Follow-up Notice Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as of 3-4-2020

posted Mar 4, 2020, 11:44 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Dear Japanese Language School Guardians,

The purpose of this letter is to supplement previous correspondences from the JLS.  

Information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is evolving at an extremely rapid pace.  The JLS is attempting to adapt current policies to best ensure the safety of our students, guardians, teachers, staff and the overall Japanese and Medford communities.  With your cooperation and understanding, we hope to be able to open the School for March 7 and 14 to successfully close out the school year.

Once again, thank you very much for your ongoing understanding and support for the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston (JLS) in these turbulent times.



Guidelines Regarding COVID-19

We are adding WASHINGTON STATE to CDC Level 2 and Level 3. Please keep your child(ren) home for two weeks if any family member has returned from WASHINGTON STATE.


If any family member has returned from an Affected Geographic Area with Widespread or Sustained Community Transmission – CDC Level 2 (Alert) or Level 3 (Warning) :

- Refrain coming to the JLS for two weeks starting from those returning after February 22.
- If any family member shows COVID-19 symptoms, contact your local health authority as well as the JLS Office.
- If, after two weeks, no family member shows any COVID-19 symptoms, resume coming to the JLS.

The situation in Settle, WA
According to KIRO 7, the two latest deaths announced Tuesday were residents of Kirkland. Some cases were confirmed at the local school where some of the students of Seattle Japanese Language School attend.  The Seattle Japanese Language School decided to close the school due to this new development.

Follow-up Notice Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

posted Mar 3, 2020, 11:05 AM by Hiromi Takahashi

Dear Japanese Language School Guardians,


The purpose of this letter is to supplement previous correspondences from the JLS.  


Information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is evolving at an extremely rapid pace.  The JLS is attempting to adapt current policies to best ensure the safety of our students, guardians, teachers, staff and the overall Japanese and Medford communities.  With your 

co-operation and understanding, we hope to be able to open the School for March 7 and 14 to successfully close out the school year.


Once again, thank you very much for your ongoing understanding and support for the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston (JLS) in these turbulent times.


Guidelines Regarding COVID-19


  1. If any family member has returned from an Affected Geographic Area

with Widespread or Sustained Community Transmission – CDC Level 2 (Alert) or

Level 3 (Warning) :

- Refrain coming to the JLS for two weeks starting from those returning after February 15.

- If any family member shows COVID-19 symptoms, contact your local health authority

as well as the JLS Office.

- If, after two weeks, no family member shows any COVID-19 symptoms, resume coming to the JLS.

2. Overall Health Maintenance

- If feeling sick (high temperature cough) refrain from coming to school.

- If feeling sick at school, please return home.

- Measure body temperatures at home.  If temperatures greater than normal average healthy conditions are measured, please refrain from coming to school.  If temperatures greater than 37.5C (99.5F) are measured, please refrain from coming to school.


At home : 

- Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands (20 seconds with soap…soap is important)

- Gargle

- Avoid touching face area to prevent transfer of the virus

- Follow proper coughing etiquette

o Cough into elbows

o Cough into tissues (and dispose tissues)

- Rest and take nutrition to build up immunity

- Avoid attending gatherings where indiscriminate attendance is expected.


3. Absence Policy

- Any absence from February 29 and on will not be considered an absence and count against the school policy of 1/3 (33%) absent days preventing grade advancement.


If not attending the School, please inform your homeroom teacher and/or the School 

via e-mail or phone with a simple explanation such as coronavirus precautions, soccer practice or feeling ill


4. Preventive Measures at the School

- Additional signage promoting hand washing

- In-class recommendation for hand washing

- Ensure proper ventilation where possible

- Distribution of hand sanitizers for every class

- Quick dismissal of students not feeling well

- Recommendation to avoid unnecessary indoor gatherings


5. Regarding Future Events

- Graduation Ceremonies on March 14 will proceed as planned although with participation from only essential persons and an accelerated time schedule.


Essential persons include graduating students, their immediate guardians and school personnel.  Non-graduating students and invited guests should refrain from attending.


- Kindergarten graduation ceremonies on March 14 will proceed as planned.

- Whether Entrance Ceremonies will be held on April 11 is still to be determined


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