Classroom during Covid-19 in Japan

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec17,2023 #Classroom #Covid #Japan
Classroom during Covid-19 in Japan 5
Classroom during Covid-19 in Japan 5

Students will bring a medical declaration for teachers to check at school.

This is also what the world’s education system experienced when it resumed operations during the Covid-19 period.

Hoyonomori Gakuen School in Tokyo’s Shinagawa area has developed a 28-point plan to minimize infection risks with a series of new rules, including measuring body temperature.

Children go to school every other day, and half the desks in all classrooms are left empty.

Students lined up according to signs on the floor to maintain appropriate distance, waited to wash their hands before entering class, and continued to do so throughout the morning.

School in Japan amid Covid-19

Students arrive at Hoyonomori Gakuen School, Tokyo, June 3.

Naho Shinagawa, 8, said making new friends is more difficult when everyone has to keep their distance, and that school would be more fun if she could go out and play during breaks.

`When I walk to school, I feel a bit scared if I accidentally pass by someone who is infected. But once I get to school, I feel safe,` Shinagawa said.

Having to stay silent throughout lunch made Yukihisa Ishikawa, an 11-year-old boy, feel difficult.

Ishikawa and classmate Miki Akimoto said studying at school is easier than at home because they feel like they `work together.`

Both Akimoto and Ishikawa said it was difficult to remember the rule of keeping a distance from friends at all times.

After closing schools in early March and declaring a state of emergency in April, Japan has contained the spread of nCoV and recorded several dozen new infections every day.

Principal Jun Ninomiya said he checks detailed government Covid-19 data every day and has made contingency plans if schools have to close again.

At least 13 children in Kitakyushu tested positive for nCoV, including 5 children in the same class, some of whom did not show symptoms.

Ninomiya said he was concerned that some parents did not want to send their children back to Hoyonomori Gakuen, but `so far that fear has not materialized.`

Classroom during Covid-19 in Japan

Students eat lunch at their seats in the classroom of Hoyonomori Gakuen School, Shinagawa area, Tokyo, Japan, June 7.

Children are not as severely affected by nCoV as adults, but that does not mean they are absolutely safe and schools cannot become `disease hotbeds`, experts said.

South Korea delayed its school reopening plan five times, then opened training facilities in phases at the end of May, 10 weeks after the original scheduled opening date.

The Japanese Ministry of Education said students are not allowed to sing in music lessons because this activity can spread droplets containing the virus.

Hoyonomori Gakuen School has removed many doors separating areas and opened windows to ventilate as much as possible, while still turning on the air conditioning.

`Wearing a mask is hot and I often try to take it off,` said third-grader Shinagawa, who said he doesn’t like social distancing.

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