Fukui Prefecture, Heavy Rain Warning Across 12 Municipalities

Fukui Prefecture, Heavy Rain Warning Across 12 Municipalities

Landslide Caution

At 10:55 a.m. on August 13th, the Fukui Local Meteorological Office announced a heavy rain warning & landslide caution across Fukui City, Sakai City, Eiheiji Town, Echizen Town, Sabae City, Ikeda Town, Tsuruga City, and Mihama Town.

The heavy rain warning in Awara City, and the heavy rain warning & landslide caution across Ono City, Katsuyama City, Echizen City, and Minamiechizen Town continue to remain active.

Going into August 14th, there is a forecast of a downpour of up to 40 millimeters within an hour, accompanied with lightning. Over a two-day period until the afternoon of the 14th, many areas within Fukui Prefecture could accumulate up to 200~300 millimeters of rainfall. The Fukui Local Meteorological Office is advised to exercise caution and remain alert for landslides, lower regions becoming submerged in water, rising water levels within rivers, and flooding.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1377489

Coming-of-Age Ceremony Held Two Months Later

Coming-of-Age Ceremony Held Two Months Later

Thorough COVID-19 Countermeasures, Four Municipalities Within Fukui Prefecture

On March 21st, Coming-of-Age ceremonies were held within four municipalities in Fukui Prefecture, in Sakai City, Ono City, Katsuyama City, and Ikeda Town. The ceremonies was initially postponed due to the continuous spread of COVID-19, as well as the effects of the heavy snowstorm in January. Each venue took thorough COVID-19 countermeasures, avoiding the “Three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact settings), and making use of health check sheets. The new adults held feelings of gratitude for their parents and teachers in their hearts, and felt joy in reuniting with old friends. Cherishing the numerous experiences to this point, the young adults step into a new chapter of their lives, filled with ambition and determination.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1282364

Commencement of Staggered School Attendance, Schools in Ikeda Town Also Begins School Lunches

Commencement of Staggered School Attendance, Schools in Ikeda Town Also Begins School Lunches

Elementary and Junior High Schools in 17 Municipalities within Fukui Prefecture

Elementary and junior high schools within Fukui Prefecture have been operating with a staggered student attendance schedule leading up to the June 1st reopening day, after being closed as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Generally, students attend their elementary or junior high school to hand in or pick up assignments, or for consultation with their teachers, before returning home after several hours; however, schools in six municipalities (Katsuyama City, Eiheiji Town, Ikeda Town, Wakasa Town, Oi Town, and Takahama Town) have been carrying out classes on a shortened schedule. On May 25th, the schools in Ikeda Town commenced school lunch service for the students.

From May 7th, elementary and junior high schools, starting with Awara City, Ikeda Town, Wakasa Town, and then Takahama Town, one after the other, began having its students go to school on a staggered schedule, with schools in Fukui City and Tsuruga City being the last to do so from the 25th. Although many municipalities have students attend school once or twice a week, Awara and Obama cities increased its attendance frequency to three times a week from the 25th. Many elementary schools have their students go to school in groups, divided based on their area of residence, while junior high schools have their students divided by school year. The amount of time spend in school is between 1 and 3 hours. Within 11 municipalities, in addition to handing in and picking up assignments, the students’ health conditions are monitored, and are given guidance on infection prevention.

At the same time, there are municipalities with schools that have been carrying out classes on a reduced schedule. In Katsuyama City, schools have been making use of the learning support videos created by the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education, and distributed through DVDs (the schools’ lesson frequency are not affected by the lesson videos). In Ikeda Town, from May 25th, students are in school until 3:00 p.m., with 30 minute classes for elementary schools, and 45 minute classes for junior high schools.

Regarding school lunches, the service will resume within 11 municipalities form June 1st. As for Sakai City, which will resume school lunches from the 2nd, a request was made towards the school lunch centers for meals which will be easy to set on the table, and for ingredients to not have direct contact with bare hands.

Leading up to the school reopening, each municipal education board distributed antiseptic solution to its schools, and issued guidance for thorough infection prevention measures, such as frequent room ventilation. In Sabae City, distribution of face shields for every elementary and junior high school students, as well as for every teacher, has been completed. Echizen City has also distributed face shileds, for everyone within the elementary and junior high schools to each receive two. In Takahama Town, desks are being disinfected with hypochlorite water, and have been setting up humidifiers.

“It would be ideal if we could divide class sizes in half, to reduce the number of students during lessons; however, that would require double the teachers, which is unrealistic. We can only proceed with our current means, while being thorough with things like room ventilation during class,” said an Echizen City Board of Education associate, bracing for the school reopening.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1092484

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

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.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1063084