3 New COVID-19 Cases in Fukui City, Including High School Teacher and Students

3 New COVID-19 Cases in Fukui City, Including High School Teacher and Students

260 Staff and Students To Receive PCR Tests, COVID-19

On November 9th, Fukui Prefecture reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, of one male high school teacher in his 30s and two teenaged male high school students in Fukui City. All three are from the same high school within Fukui City, and are experiencing light symptoms. From the 9th, a total of 260 people (191 students and 69 instructors) will be undergoing PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing.

On November 3rd, the male high school teacher (30s) experienced fatigue throughout his body. He then got a fever of 39⁰C on the 8th; in the same day, he visited a medical institution for an examination. He had spent some time within Osaka Prefecture from October 31st to November 3rd.

Fukui Prefecture has a cumulative total of 262 COVID-19 cases.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1201813

Fukui Prefectural Schools, Summer Vacation From August

Fukui Prefectural Schools, Summer Vacation From August

All 40 Prefectural Schools, Resuming After Obon

On June 2nd, the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education disclosed to news media that all 40 prefectural schools will shorten its summer vacation period, and continue classes throughout July, after schools had been loved for roughly 3 months, as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. While some schools will hold classes and supplementary lessons during the first week of August, almost all schools will start summer vacation from August 1st. From August 17th, classes will begin to resume.

According to the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education Administrative Regulations, prefectural schools’ summer vacation period is from July 21st to August 31st. However, because of the differences between the general and vocational education curriculums, the Prefectural Board of Education did not set one time period for how long the summer vacation period is reduced for all schools, and sought information from each school.

Results upon gathering information from every prefectural school showed that all 40 schools intend to continue classes throughout July. Excluding some schools, students will enter summer vacation from August 1st; six schools intend to resume classes from August 17th, while thirty schools plans to resume from the 24th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1097408

Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High Schools Within Fukui Prefecture Reopens After 3 Months

Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High Schools Within Fukui Prefecture Reopens After 3 Months

School Closures From March 2nd, Month of May Consisted of Staggered School Attendance and At-Home Lessons

On June 1st, after all elementary, junior high, and senior high schools within Fukui Prefecture had been closed for three months, as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, the schools were reopened. Every school proceeded with infection prevention measures, such as arranging the students’ desks to open up space in between, and using tape to make where students should stand in line towards the hand-washing station, to avoid crowding, all in preparation to welcome the students back.

In response to the request by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to close all schools at once, schools within Fukui Prefecture temporarily closed down, on after the other, from March 2nd. From May 7th, schools began to carry out attendance with a staggered schedule, dividing students by their area of residence, school year, or school class. From May 11th, at-home lessons were being carried out through means including the internet.

In line with the Fukui Prefectural Citizens Conduct Guidelines, students coming from outside the prefecture were to stand by, in places such as hotels, for two weeks while under health observation; by May 31st, all the students would have completed the two-week stand-by period, being able to attend school, with their other schoolmates from within the prefecture, from June 1st.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1096323

Fukui Railway and Echizen Railway, COVID-19 Countermeasures

Fukui Railway and Echizen Railway, COVID-19 Countermeasures

Corresponding With School Reopening, Publishing Congestion Information and Organizing Flexible Train Numbers

Coinciding with the schools reopening from June 1st, two local railway companies within Fukui Prefecture are applying various means to reinforce novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection countermeasures, in order for high school students to safely commute to school using public transportation. Fukui Railway will be publishing information on Twitter during the morning rush hours, regarding the state of train congestion every day. Fukui Railway is encouraging dispersed train usage, in line with avoiding the “Three C’s” (Closed spaced, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings). Echizen Railway will be coordinating with the staggered school commute schedule, and operate multiple trains on a flexible schedule.

Fukui Railway will post regularly on Twitter of operation information, and the train schedule for the FUKURAM, the next-generation series of low-floor trams, that has been popular with children. From June 1st, using information regarding the state of congestion and rate of passengers on 8 trains departing from Echizen-Takefu Station between 6:00 a.m. and 7:38 a.m., the number of trains operating around 4:00 p.m. will increase accordingly. The information will then be used as a reference in the trains to be operated during the next morning.

Effort will also be put into spreading knowledge of infection prevention measures. On May 29th, Fukui Railways staff put up posters within train interiors and station premises. The poster has 8 inscriptions, requesting everyone’s cooperation, such as, “Whenever possible, have at least 1 metre of space from each person within the train”, “Do not crowd around the entrance ways”, and “Refrain from conversation within the train as much as possible”.

In addition, the ticket vending machines, ticket counters, and train hand straps will be disinfected with alcohol, among other thorough infection countermeasures. Sachio Sawazaki, company director of Fukui Railway, expressed, “We wish for all high school students to use the trains with peace of mind.”

With Echizen Railway, the company has been operating its trains on a flexible schedule, in order to help high school students avoid the “Three C’s”. For example, the 8:39 a.m. and 9:09 a.m. trains departing from Fukui Station to Mikuni-Awara Onsen each operate with one carriage; however, anticipating the number of students with staggered commuting schedules within central Fukui, transferring through JR Fukui Station, the trains will temporarily operate with two carriages from June 1st.

Along with disinfecting train hand straps and the station premises with alcohol, train windows will be opened regularly for ventilation. Echizen Railway expressed, “We will absolutely make sure that infection prevention measures are carried out, and proceed to fulfill our mission and duty as a public transportation system.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1095779

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