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Responding to Covid-19

"Our Home is Your Home"

At UWC ISAK Japan, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We are in regular contact with parents regarding next steps and are making all resources available to students and parents as we transition to an accelerated 2019-20 schedule and how it applies to our Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12 students. We ask parents of current students to continue to follow the regular email updates and communications from our Head of School Rod Jemison.

So, how are we moving forward at UWC ISAK Japan?

Like the rest of the world, Covid-19 has forced us to adapt and we have made a number of important changes to our current school calendar. Specifically, many of our students, including all of our Grade 10s, will be returning home (or have already returned home) and will continue their UWC ISAK Japan education through remote learning programs. Our on-campus programs for Grades 11 and 12 will follow an accelerated schedule, supported by remote learning options for students who have already returned home.

Regarding the 2020-21 school year

There are no changes to the planned 2020-21 school year calendar and we are already beginning preparations to welcome everyone to campus in August, especially our 80 new students. We can’t wait to see you in Karuizawa!

Head of School Rod Jemison talking with students
Head of School Rod Jemison talking with students

Important Data Points and Links to Information

Low Risk for Young People

  • The disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild with approximately 2.4% of the total reported cases reported amongst individuals aged under 19 years. Within that range, a very small proportion of those aged under 19 years have developed severe (2.5%) or critical disease (0.2%). **

Low Infection Rate Per Capita in Japan

  • In Japan, the % of infected cases per 1M population is relatively low. Japan's rate of 7 per 1 million ranks at #86 as of March 18). *

Regarding Japan's Response

  • Prime Minister Abe advised public schools to close on March 1, which also had the effect of more working parents staying home and/or working from home
  • According to the Financial Times, Japan has emphasized isolating the elderly, who are most susceptible to the disease in Japan
  • Also according to Financial Times, Japan’s social norms regarding hygiene (masks are commonly used) and person-to-person contact have helped limit the spread.

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