Prefectural Governor’s Intention Regarding COVID-19
On July 8th, in a prefectural assembly for the budget reporting special committee, regarding school closures within Fukui Prefecture in the case of a second wave of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto stated, “A decision will be made for each individual school,” expressing the intent of not implementing a comprehensive school closure; the statement was in response to committee member Keiichi Nishimoto (Komeito).
Prefectural Governor Sugimoto stressed, “We were in a situation involved with an unknown virus (in March), and with the mindset of putting the children’s safety first, a decision was made to close down all schools within the prefecture.” With the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 in mind, Governor Sugimoto continued, “It is impractical to simultaneously suspend all schools. But because of the open issue of whether or not it is necessary to go that far, a decision will be made for each individual school.”
From March 2nd, upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s request to suspend schools across Japan, schools temporarily closed down, one after the other. From May 7th, staggered school attendance schedules were set up, dividing students by their area of residence, school year, or class. From May 11th, making use of the internet, home lessons were carried out. After about three months of the school closures, schools began reopening from June 1st.