Thursday, February 27, 2020

Japan To Close Schools For At Least A Month To Slow COVID-19


In the wake of yesterday's biggest 1-day jump in domestic COVID-19 cases (see Japan MOH: 20 New Domestic COVID-19 Cases), Japan's government has decided to order all schools to close until after the regular spring break in April.

The details are available in the following English Language report from Kyodo News.
All schools in Japan told to close until April over virus outbreak
FEB 27, 2020 
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday asked all elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide to close from Monday through the students’ spring break, which typically ends in early April.
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In a similar move, earlier this week  Hong Kong - which closed their schools 5 weeks ago - decided to Extend School Closures To At Least April 20th
While governments are generally loathe to shutter schools for prolonged periods of time - particularly before student absenteeism forces the decision - with COVID-19, many jurisdictions are taking a `better safe than sorry' approach. 
Anyone who has school-aged kids should be thinking how they would deal with an extended school closure in their community, should this virus force similar measures.