NIS has been keeping a close eye on the unfolding situation, consulting with various organizations, such as the Japanese Ministry of Health, the U.S. Embassy, and other schools from the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS), among others. Throughout that time, realizing that the situation was very fluid, we were always keeping the interests, and of course, the health and well-being of our school community a top priority. As soon as Prime Minister Abe made his announcement recommending schools suspend classes through March, we also decided to close the campus to students for the next several weeks.
NIS teachers spent three days finalizing plans for a shift from a face-to-face program to online learning "school" started again on Thursday, March 5. Our current plan is to provide “NIS Online” through March 13, go into spring holiday from March 16-20, and resume "normal" on-campus learning from March 23.
We continue to monitor the situation closely in order to make decisions that keep our students and their families’ best interests at the forefront.