Nagoya International School

COVID and Learning at NIS

Latest COVID Campus Updates

(Updated May 28, 2022)

  • NIS is currently in Level 2
  • All learning is on campus
  • Click HERE to learn about the NIS COVID levels and how this impacts our school operations.
  • Campus access for approved school purposes is currently available to those who are in good health (free from a fever of 37.5 or higher, or other COVID/cold/flu-like symptoms), whose household members are also in good health and who are not in any official government required or medically advised quarantine or isolation. 
  • For all other cases, please click HERE to learn when and how you can access the campus.

 

Current Criteria for Close Contact

NIS community members are advised to consult the public health department to determine possible close contact status. However, as a general rule, the criteria in Japan for a close contact include:

  • have lived together or spent long periods of contact (including in a vehicle or home) with the patient;
  • are likely to have touched something that has been contaminated by viral particles present in the coughs, sneezes or bodily fluids of the patient;
  • have been in contact with a patient for more than 15 minutes within a distance of 1 meter without necessary preventive measures (masks and ventilation)

Note that you can be considered a close contact from two days prior to symptoms appearing OR from 2 days before a positive test result in the case of an asymptomatic patient. For example, if symptoms appear on Wednesday then the close contact period starts from Monday.

 

Current NIS/Government Guidelines for Families in Isolation and/or Quarantine

Anyone experiencing a COVID-positive case in their family, or who is a close contact, is advised to contact the local public health department to verify required quarantine. In all cases the official advice of the public health department (or, NIS health office if given) should be followed, and takes precedence over the rules given below.  In the absence of official advice, the below rules should be applied for isolation (of positive cases) and quarantine (of close contact cases). Families should use these rules to calculate their time away from school and the likely return date of their child. For more detailed guidance for accessing the NIS campus please see the Campus Access Policy HERE.

 

COVID Communications Archive

Click HERE to see all COVID-related communications sent to the NIS parent community this school year, including Japanese translations when available.

 

Three Models of Learning During COVID-19 

For the 2021-22 academic year, NIS is ready again to ensure a continuance of learning, regardless of the COVID-19 situation in Nagoya. We have planned for three models of delivery (below): a Campus Learning Model, an Online Learning Model and a Bridging Phase. The default position is always face-to-face, Campus Learning for all students.

 

While the default position is always face-to-face, Campus Learning for all students, in responding to the local and national situation, and guided by scientific advice, NIS will make decisions to pivot from campus-based learning to either ‘Online’ or ‘Bridging’ from ‘Campus Learning’ as described below:

 

NIS Campus Access Agreement

Our ability to keep our community as safe as possible (and to maximize the chances of being on-campus for learning as much as possible), relies on a strong campus access policy that everyone follows. In order to attend NIS, it is essential that all community members read, understand and agree to abide by the campus access policy in full. NIS requires parents to indicate that they have read, understood and agree to the NIS campus access policy available in English and Japanese on our school website, and to complete this “Campus Access Agreement” form. Thank you for your support in keeping NIS a safe and healthy community!

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Family

NIS supports and endorses the use of approved vaccines for those who elect to receive them as a safe and effective way of protecting the health of both our students and the wider community, as well as help ensure access to on-campus learning. Consequently, we encourage all NIS families to consider vaccination for your (eligible) family members and we hope that as many students, parents and staff as possible will elect to receive the vaccine.

NIS makes the following commitments on vaccination:

  • NIS upholds the right of free choice on whether or not any individual wishes to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and as such NIS staff will strive to ensure that all students and community members respect the vaccine choices of others.
  • However, NIS reserves the right to restrict access to non-core activities to vaccinated individuals, should it be deemed necessary. It is also possible that, in the future, non-vaccinated students may be asked to remain home in the case of regional or local outbreaks of COVID, as is currently the policy for students who have not yet had common childhood vaccinations (measles, mumps and rubella, for example).

Parents who would like more information about the risks and benefits of the vaccine may wish to view this video made by Dr. Lomax of the Tokyo Medical Surgical Clinic who has been advising JCIS schools over the course of the pandemic.

 

Note on Campus Access in the Case of Vaccination

The normal requirements of the campus access policy are adjusted when symptoms consistent with vaccine side effects are experienced immediately following a vaccination.  In that case either a doctor's note clearing the person for access to school OR a vaccination record dated within 48  hours of the start of the school day and prior to the onset of symptoms should be provided.

Should such evidence be provided then the campus access policy is adjusted as follows:

  • Asymptomatic siblings or family members can attend school and do not need to remain home
  • The vaccinated person who has experienced symptoms may attend school on the first morning they wake up symptom-free without medication and do not need to wait one full calendar day as would have normally been the case

Additionally, since post-vaccine side effects can occur differently in different individuals, we recommend that students who have received the vaccine take at least one full day to recover at home before attempting to return to school, regardless of symptoms.  This reduces the possibility that symptoms may start during the school day, which is difficult both for the student as well as the parent who will then need to come to campus to collect the student.

 

NOTE:  These guidelines are based on current understanding of COVID transmission and these may be reviewed and modified as and when needed should new information come to light.  While it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of transmission, compliance with these guidelines will significantly mitigate risk for staff, students and families.