In the last few days, we have received strong signals from the three levels of government to implement measures to protect our families and communities:
- Prime Minister Abe’s declaration of a state of emergency for seven prefectures (not including Ibaraki)
- Governor Oigawa’s statement on how we will interpret this in Ibaraki.
- Mayor Igarashi’s statement on how we will interpret this in Tsukuba.
Even though the decision was made not to include Ibaraki Prefecture in the declaration of the state of emergency at the national level, the governor and the mayor have made it clear that Tsukuba and other areas in the south of Ibaraki that have close connections with the prefectures that are under a state of emergency need to implement more strict measures of social distancing, including staying at home and tele-commuting as much as possible.
Therefore, we have decided to cooperate with the instructions of the Mayor and the Governor and close the school campus fully so that the families in our community (including our staff members) can stay home and protect themselves and their communities.
The full closure of the school campus will not affect the virtual school. TISVS will continue until we re-open the school.