校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”A New Lifestyle”

The government’s emergency declaration and Osaka Prefecture’s emergency measures that have forced us to stay home since April have been lifted. This is the first time that we have been in this kind of state of emergency and we have spent every day watching the news on TV, frightened by this new and unknown viral infection.

In addition, the school has been closed, and until the Golden Week holidays in May, you were asked to study at home study with assignments that were prepared in somewhat of a hurry. Since then, you have got able to start learning online, but this kind of learning cannot be regarded as completely sufficient as teachers did not initially have a great amount of time to prepare nor learn all of the skills necessary for effective online instruction.

The emergency declaration has been lifted, but the threat posed by the new coronavirus infection has not ended. We have now moved to situation where we have reached a certain level of calmness and the focus now will shift to how to prevent re-infection, and what we can and should do in our daily lives to keep as safe as possible.

According to recommendations made by government experts, it has become necessary to think about a “new lifestyle” while looking to the future. This is based on avoiding dense crowding, congested places, and close contact with others, keeping distance between yourself and others, avoiding close conversations with those directly in front of you, wearing a mask even if you have no symptoms, and washing your hands and face upon returning home. Essentially, this means continuing to do what you have been doing so far.

The question then is, how does this “new lifestyle” apply to school life? It is natural to take your temperature every morning and to rest at home if you are ill, but in the classroom, special measures need to be implemented to prevent the spread of any infection.

For about two weeks from when regular class lessons resume, students will be separated into two groups – one group that will attend classes in the morning, and one that will attend classes in the afternoon. No more than 20 students will be in attendance at any one time. At the same time, you will continue to study online at home for 6 periods per day.

The greatest concern is what happens after these two weeks. From the latter half of June, regular classes will start with all students in attendance at the same time. In addition, the club activities that students have been waiting for will resume. For now, we need to think about how we can prevent any re-infection from spreading, how we can further adapt, and how we can conduct better planned and more effective online lessons.

From now on, I would like everyone to remain vigilant, focus on the basics, and make every possible effort to actively usher in this new lifestyle at school.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno