Cheap ¥200 Bentos for Children During School Closures

Cheap ¥200 Bentos for Children During School Closures

Four Restaurants in Tsuruga, “Eat Well!”

From March 17th, in efforts to help children sustain healthy eating habits during the school closures, four restaurants within Fukui Prefecture’s Tsuruga City have begun offering a ¥200 “Children’s Lunch Box”. Shouji Oshima (aged 44), a representative of the bento manufacturer that initiated the project “Kehi no Sato” (in Tsuruga City, Imojo-cho), expressed in a statement, “Even with no more school lunches, we want the children to eat well and stay healthy.” The service will continue until April 2nd, every Tuesday and Thursday.

Twelve restaurant associates within the city worked together to gather contributions from businesses, groups, and individuals, offering meals equivalent to ¥500. In addition to Kehi no Sato, the other three restaurants offering the children’s meals are Omusubiya Honnori (in Shinmatsushima-cho), SHIROYAGI-san Chi no Obento (in Sawa), and CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA Tsuruga-Honmachi shop (in Honmachi, 2-Chome). The menu will vary between each restaurant. Each restaurant will have about 40 servings prepared.

At Kehi no Sato, there are 12 varieties of bentos available, which includes hamburger steak, fried shrimp, or katsudon. More children had visited the shop than initially expected, selling approximately 60 servings.

The meals will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Inquiries can be made through Kehi no Sato’s phone line 0770 (25) 6965.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1049648

Elementary and Junior High Schools in Fukui City, School Attendance and Club Activities Postponed Further

Elementary and Junior High Schools in Fukui City, School Attendance and Club Activities Postponed Further

Upon Confirmation of Infection Case, Postponed Until At Least April 2nd

On March 19th, upon the confirmation of a person infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, the Fukui City Board of Education sent a notice to all elementary and junior high schools in the city, in which the resumption of school attendance and club activities is to be further postponed until at least April 2nd.

On March 11th, the municipal board of education had sent out a notice stating, from March 25th, when the school closures were to end upon entering the spring break, principals were given the freedom to resume attendance and club activities at their discretion, for their respective schools. Up until the 18th, nineteen elementary schools and twenty-four junior high schools had planned to resume attendance. As for April 2nd and onward, decisions will be based on the situation during that time.

During the early morning of March 19th, at the Fukui City Hall, Fukui City Mayor Shin’ichi Higashimura addressed the press corp, emphasizing that everything will be done to prevent the spread of the virus, and requesting the public to “remain composed, just as we have been doing so up to now.”

In April 2019, Fukui City transitioned into a core city, and transferred the management of its health care centre from prefectural to municipal, thus bearing the responsibility of infection control measures within the city. City Mayor Higashiyama expressed that “identifying the infection route is a major task” and will proceed in cooperation with the prefecture.

According to Kenji Goto, chief of the Fukui City Health Care Centre, the infected male company official did not have interactions with a large number of people, and had wore a mask while commuting and during his visit at a medical institution stating, “At present, the possibility of further infection is low.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1051129

School Attendance and Club Activities During Spring Vacation, Under Each School’s Discretion

School Attendance and Club Activities During Spring Vacation, Under Each School’s Discretion

A Notice by Fukui City Board of Education to Elementary and Junior High School Principals

On March 11th, a notice was sent from the Fukui City Board of Education to every elementary and junior high school principals; the notice stated that after the end of the school closures, an infection control measure in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), from the 25th, as the school year enters the spring vacation, the decisions to prep schools for attendance and to carry out club activities will be under each school’s discretion.

Upon receiving the notice, some junior high schools have decided to set up three days to hold supplementary classes and to carry out club activities. One school principal expressed, ” I didn’t think it was feasible to have students shut in their homes for a month, so I’m grateful for this notice from the municipal board of education. I think the students will be delighted to attend club activities again.”

On the other side, a perplexed junior high school principal explained, “With the timing of the request by the government’s expert panel (on March 9th) to continue school closures until around the 19th, and then being informed that ‘school attendance and club activities may resume’, it is difficult to make a decision.” The principal continued, “I will look to hear the opinions of the parents, guardians, and elementary schools within the school district, and decide accordingly.”

In regards to the children’s remaining curriculum, left behind because of the temporary school closures, Prefectural Superintendent of Education Kinnichi Toyokita responded to the issue in a prefectural special committee budget hearing on March 10th, “We have been considering carrying over the leftover materials and implementing it in the lessons from April.”

“The response by the prefectural superintendent and the notice by the municipal board of education creates an inconsistent impression,” a different junior high school principal expressed. “In a small school, there is only one teaching staff in charge of a whole subject; if that teacher happens to be transferred to a different school, implementing and executing the leftover materials in April would be difficult,” continued the principal, while expressing an understanding with the municipal board of education’s decision.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1046392

Twenty-Five Thousand Milk Cartons for School Lunches to be Disposed, due to School Closures

Twenty-Five Thousand Milk Cartons for School Lunches to be Disposed, due to School Closures

Fukui Prefecture, Natto and Other Food Supplies Purchased by Staff

On March 11th, in a prefectural special committee budget hearing, Superintendent of Education Kinichi Toyokita explained that in connection with the temporary school closures as a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), among the stock of food supply for school lunches in the prefecture that could not be cancelled, approximately twenty-five thousand milk cartons (200 millilitre packs) had to be disposed. The statement was made towards Keiichi Nishimoto, a committee member of the Komeito party.

For the majority of public elementary, junior, and special needs schools, the stock of ingredients, which includes milk, rice, bread, and other local products, are secured by the Prefectural School Lunch Association, which operates as part of the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education. According to the Prefectural Board of Education, in one day, approximately seventy-one thousand milk cartons are normally shipped in from two companies outside the prefecture. As for the orders that could not be cancelled for March 2nd, when the nationwide school closures began, the approximately forty-six thousand units of food that were not disposed of were distributed across schools within Ishikawa Prefecture’s Kanazawa City.

Approximately 34 kilograms of Maitake mushrooms, a special product form the Kuzuryu area of Fukui Prefecture’s Ono City, and approximately 1,100 packs of natto which were intended to be used form March 2nd were purchased by school staff, school lunch centre employees, and municipal associates. Rice that could be effectively stored, frozen foods, and dried goods will be used for when school lunches resume in April.

“There are concerns regarding the after-effects of the prolonged suspension of school lunches. We hope to respond to the situation accordingly while continuously communicating with the different municipalities,” expressed Superintendent Toyokita.

In addition, the director reported that in order to strengthen the phone consulting system currently operated by the Prefectural Health and Welfare centres, for situations where a medical case would arise within the prefecture, preparations are underway for a dedicated phone service. The statement was made towards Toshiyuki Tanaka, a committee member of the Prefectural Liberal Democratic Party.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1045927

Responding to the Novel Coronavirus, “Suspend Businesses Before Schools”

Responding to the Novel Coronavirus, “Suspend Businesses Before Schools”

Fukui City Superintendent Criticizes Government

On March 4th, in a city council general interpellation in Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, Yuuji Yoshikawa, the superintendent of schools, criticized the government’s response in requesting a simultaneous temporary school closure as a way to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), “There should have been a call to suspend businesses, positioning guardians into a system where they can take a break, and then move to suspend schools. The sequencing was wrong.”

The statement was made towards Fumiha Yamada, a member of the Japanese Communist Party.

“The request for school closures was sudden. There should have been a fixed preparatory phase for institutions such as after-school children clubs, and for the guardians,” said superintendent Yoshikawa in a statement to Fukui Shimbun.

Within the prefecture, the Board of Education in 12 towns and cities implemented the school closures from March 2nd, in line with the government request. The Board of Education in 3 other towns and cities, including Fukui City, implemented the closures from the afternoon of March 2nd, while Mihama Town and Wakasa Town’s school closures began from March 3rd.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1041947