For Echizen Town, Postponed Until April 20th
By April 6th, in response to the requests received by Tatsuji Sugimoto, governor of Fukui Prefecture, to continue the temporary school closures until after Golden Week, in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the board of education of 16 cities and towns (excluding Echizen Town) have decided to postpone the resumption of elementary and junior high school classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education has plans to resume classes from April 20th. The school entrance ceremonies for 12 municipal districts have also been postponed until at least May 7th. In Echizen Town, Ikeda Town, Oi Town, and Takahama Town, the entrance ceremonies were carried out on April 6th. Tsuruga City is scheduled to hold its school entrance ceremonies on April 8th.
On April 6th, the board of education in Katsuyama City, Ono City, and Minamiechizen Town made the decision to postpone the resumption of classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education expressed in a statement, “We wish to make a judgement closer to April 20th, whether or not to resume classes from that day or to further postpone it.”
On April 6th, the decision to postpone the entrance ceremonies was made by the board of education of Fukui City, Katsuyama City, Ono City, Obama City, Eiheiji Town, Minamiechizen Town, and Mihama Town; including 4 municipalities who have already made the decision, this brings a total of 12 towns and cities to postpone towards the same day.
With the entrance ceremonies being carried out on April 8th, the Tsuruga City Board of Education said in a statement, “The Municipal Tsuruga Hospital has verified that, with thorough implementation of infection prevention measures, such as wearing masks and room ventilation, holding the ceremony should post no problems.”
Regarding the postponement of entrance ceremonies in Fukui City, a mother (aged 44) of a new first-year elementary student expressed, “Because the reopening of schools has been postponed, it was good that the same has been done for the entrance ceremonies.” Another mother (aged 35) spoke with anxiety, “I had hoped that the entrance ceremony would be carried out, as a break from this situation. With an increasing gap between graduation from kindergarten and starting elementary school, it might take a long time (for children) to get used to school.”
According to the Prefectural University Private School Department, 9 private junior and senior high schools have suspended its entrance ceremonies, while others have postponed it until at least May 7th. All private schools will resume classes from the same day.
Concerning the entrance ceremonies of public kindergartens and nursery schools, the response has been divided between carrying out the ceremony as scheduled or postponing it.