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Policies for school actions against COVID-19

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2020.11.13

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Policies for school actions against COVID-19

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Dear students, faculty, and staff,

As we are sure you are aware, infection from COVID-19 has continued to spread throughout the country. Taking this into account, the school is carrying out the following actions.
■In the case of feeling unwell.
Please refrain from going out if you have a fever or any signs of a cold. In such a case please note that you will be prohibited from entering the school.
If you have any of the following symptoms, please call the Returnee/ Close Contact of Covid-19 Consultation Center and follow their instructions.
・If you have dyspnea, a strong weariness, or a high fever.
・If you are an older person, or have underlying diseases, and have cold symptoms including fevers and coughing.
・If any cold symptoms (fever, coughs, etc.) persist for a while.
Guidelines for consultation on COVID-19 infections(Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Website)

■Make a report if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with a carrier.
COVID-19 has been termed as a “Designated infectious disease” by the government. This makes it a “Type I infectious disease” in accordance with the School Health and Safety Act. If you or your family are diagnosed with COVID-19, or have close contact with a carrier, please refrain from going to school or work, and follow the instructions from the public health center or other public organizations. For students and part-time teachers, please contact the Healthcare Administration Center (03-3409-7896). For full-time teachers and other staff (including part-time), please contact your supervisor.

■Methods for preventing the spread of infection.
Please be sure to adapt to the COVID-19 “new normal” lifestyle; please avoid the “Three Cs”: closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings; continue to wear masks, and take care with washing your hands and gargling to prevent infection.
As announced via the student portal, since there have been cases of clusters happening in restaurants and other places where people gather, we ask each one of you to protect yourself both from infection and from infecting others. Please download the COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA).
The application can be downloaded from the link below.
COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application(COCOA)(Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Website)

Please check the notices on healthcare from the link below, and please ensure that each one of you takes great care in preventing infection.

Prevention Measures for COVID-19 in Schools and Workplaces(Healthcare Administration Center)
Example of "new normal” lifestyle for COVID-19(Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Website)

■About extracurricular activities.
Please refer to the student portal for details.

■Concerning traveling abroad.
In order to prevent infection from spreading throughout the world, and to increase restrictions for moving within and between countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a Level 2 travel advisory for all countries, so please refrain from non-essential travel.
In addition, “Infectious disease risk level 3: Please stop traveling” and “Level 2: Please stop unnecessary and unurgent travel” advisories have been issued for almost all countries and regions. Almost every place and region is set as Level 2 or Level 3, so please refrain from traveling.
Taking this situation into account, the school will prohibit all students, faculty, and staff from travelling abroad unless the travel advisory Level has been brought lower than 2.
The Level of the travel advisory can be seen on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. You can find the link at the bottom of this page.

■For students, faculty, and staffs residing in other countries.
All students, faculty and staffs residing abroad are requested to make as quick a return as possible. Those who are of international residence status and have difficulties returning due to a record of residing in an area that Japan is currently refusing entry from, please contact the academic affairs department/division of the school you belong to.
Please check the site below to confirm which countries are currently denied landing in Japan.

Information concerning COVID-19 (Ministry of Justice Website)

■For students, faculty and staff who have returned from other countries.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is requesting all those who are returning from abroad to self-isolate for a period of 14 days of self-isolation before the next day of entrance.
All students, faculty and staff who have returned, please self-isolate either at home or at another place specified by the quarantine station. Please do not use any public transportation on you way to where you will be staying. You will be prohibited from entering the school until the self-isolation period has passed. Even if the period has passed, please refrain from entering the school if you have any signs of illness.
For information about quarantine, please refer to the website below and keep checking the latest information.

Concerning drastic stregthening of border measures(COVID-19)(Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Website)
Q&A about drastic stregthening of border measures.(Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Website)

■For international students considering entering Japan for the first time:
Currently the country is gradually accepting entry of medium and long term residents including international students. Those students who currently live abroad and do not have a residence status, please contact the International Center .

Measures to resume international traffic(Ministry of Foreign AffairsWebsite)

■Announcements for when a member of the school is designated positive for COVID-19.
In the case where a member of the school is designated positive, and if there is a need to warn others, (for example when there is difficulty in finding those who were in close contact), the school will make announcements via the website, taking due care to protect personal information and respect the rights of the individual and their family.

Related websites
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs Global Safety Website
• Consultation Center for Returnees and Close Contact of COVID-19(Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Website)
※Website in Japanese