Making Final Adjustments While Taking in Comments From Municipal Education Boards
By May 13th, regarding the school closures within Fukui Prefecture, serving as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been disclosed that prefectural and municipal education boards have entered substantive discussions towards the reopening of schools. Prefectural schools are believed to be holding discussions revolving around a June 1st start date; municipal education boards, which oversee elementary and junior high schools, are also proceeding with discussions, while taking the prefectural schools’ responses into account.
On April 28th, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto had announced an extension to further postpone the reopening of prefectural schools for the time being. The governor expressed, “There is a need to confirm (the virus infection situation) during the two-week period following Golden Week.” Meanwhile, there has been no report of COVID-19 infections for more than two weeks within the prefecture, since April 29th.
In regards to the reopening date, the Fukui Prefectural Citizen Guideline requests high school students coming from outside the prefecture to stand by at home for a two-week period; it is believed that current discussions revolving a June 1st start date is based on a time period when all students will be able to attend school. The municipal education boards have already received a notice regarding the planned June 1st reopening date for prefectural schools; Fukui Prefecture and the Prefectural Board of Education are making final adjustments, while taking in comments from the municipal education boards about the reopening schedule, going towards a possible request for each municipal education board to restart classes at the same time.
In response to the request for schools closures across Japan by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, prefectural high schools, special needs schools, public elementary and junior high schools, and private schools within Fukui Prefecture have been closed since March. Including the spring break period, the school closures have extended past two months. On May 11th, elementary, junior high, and senior high schools within the prefecture made use of the internet and YouTube, and began broadcasting video lessons for home study.