Dear YIS Community:
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult period of home quarantine to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I continue to be impressed by everyone’s resilience, engagement in the Continuous Learning Program and creative efforts to maintain our close sense of community. I know it is not easy, and that many of us are feeling the strain and deeply missing being around our friends, classmates and colleagues.
As you know, we had hoped to reopen the campus next Monday, May 11th. However, upon careful consideration of continuing public health concerns, including yesterday’s decision by the Japanese government to extend the national state of emergency through May 31st, we have decided to extend our Continuous Learning Program through to the end of the school year on June 12th.
Although we will not be able to resume our on-campus learning program during this time, circumstances permitting we hope to offer students the opportunity to come back to campus at least briefly in June. This would give students a chance to reconnect with their teachers and one another, take care of logistical matters and bring a communal sense of closure to the year. This would most likely be staggered by grade or class. We will assess the public health situation again closer to that time before making a decision and will share relevant details with you at the earliest opportunity.
Likewise, we are also looking at creative options for high school graduation and various other transitional events and celebrations that traditionally take place toward the end of the school year. We will be communicating with families shortly about these plans and possibilities.
Looking ahead to the next school year, we currently anticipate returning to campus to start the 2020-21 school year as scheduled on August 17, 2020. Let me also mention that our plans for the new campus currently remain on track, with construction slated to get fully underway this summer.
Again, I thank you for your continuing support for the school and our community. Please continue to follow the guidance of public health officials in keeping yourselves and others safe. Stay strong and positive, and I hope we can have a chance to see our students again before the end of the school year.