Considering the Spread of COVID-19 at the Destination
In the midst of the anxiety concerning the second wave of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto addressed the topic of having school trips by elementary, junior high, and senior high schools within the prefecture in a prefectural general interpellation, “Rather than cancelling school trips, I would like to endorse having it within the prefecture,” looking for destinations within the prefecture to be added as an option for school trips.
According to the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education, in a regular year, school trips outside the prefecture are carried out during spring or autumn for elementary schools, during May or June for junior high schools, and anytime between June and December for senior high schools. Due to the spread of COVID-19, school trips scheduled during spring of this year have been postponed to take place from autumn.
Prefectural Governor Sugimoto stressed, “The school trip is a major event, leaving students with some of their best memories. I believe that, while protecting the safety of the children, I wish for school trips to go forward and carried out.” Sugimoto continued by stating that the prefectural and every municipal education board, while maintaining clear standards, will create a system where each school can consult with its respective education board, and the “desire to endorse school trips to be held within the prefecture, if the original plan seems impossible (due to the spread of COVID-19 at the destination).”
Meanwhile, regarding a substitute tournament, in response to the suspended prefectural tournaments for junior high school sports clubs, Fukui Prefectural Board of Education Superintendent Kinichi Toyokita responded, “Based on the judgement by each district and municipalities’ sports association and school principals, a course towards an inter-league tournament is under review.” As for track-and-field and swimming, which normally does not hold regional preliminaries, a prefectural tournament is being planned by sports organizations.