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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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