All schools in Japan told to close until April over virus outbreak | The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surprise school-closure request came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 virus patients surged, exceeding 200 across Japan as of Thursday

Source: All schools in Japan told to close until April over virus outbreak | The Japan Times

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    • Students at the high school where I work in Hiroshima finished the second day of their exams yesterday (Friday). We’re having a scaled-back graduation ceremony on Sunday. And no students in school starting next week. So, that means half of finals are just cancelled. But teachers should come to work as normal. No one knows for sure what’s going to happen. Teachers who are parents are in a bind because, in many cases, they will have to take care of their younger children who are home from school. But we haven’t gotten word on how leave time will be affected. Hiroshima Prefecture interpreted Abe’s order in an interesting fashion– that is they have closed the schools until March 19th initially, instead of March 31st. But even if the closure is ended after two weeks instead of a month, students will already be on Spring Vacation. But at least sports teams and clubs will be able to practice and have their tournaments and so on.

      If I can, when I go in for the graduation ceremony tomorrow, I want to scan some of the official letters and other documents that we’ve gotten and then translate those. It’s a move that I have a very hard time imagine a politician even at the State level making in the U.S. But I think it’s a move on Abe’s part to avoid criticism similar to the “do nothing” criticism that has been leveled at Trump this week, especially considering the economic pressure that is on Tokyo for the up-coming Summer Olympics.

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