School Closures From March 2nd, Month of May Consisted of Staggered School Attendance and At-Home Lessons
On June 1st, after all elementary, junior high, and senior high schools within Fukui Prefecture had been closed for three months, as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, the schools were reopened. Every school proceeded with infection prevention measures, such as arranging the students’ desks to open up space in between, and using tape to make where students should stand in line towards the hand-washing station, to avoid crowding, all in preparation to welcome the students back.
In response to the request by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to close all schools at once, schools within Fukui Prefecture temporarily closed down, on after the other, from March 2nd. From May 7th, schools began to carry out attendance with a staggered schedule, dividing students by their area of residence, school year, or school class. From May 11th, at-home lessons were being carried out through means including the internet.
In line with the Fukui Prefectural Citizens Conduct Guidelines, students coming from outside the prefecture were to stand by, in places such as hotels, for two weeks while under health observation; by May 31st, all the students would have completed the two-week stand-by period, being able to attend school, with their other schoolmates from within the prefecture, from June 1st.