Knock Knock Infectious Disease Prevention Terms of Operation as of May 2022 / ENGLISH

Thank you very much for your cooperation in taking measures against infectious diseases at our school. From May 2022, we will review our current infection control measures and operate as follows. We would like to ask for the continued understanding and cooperation of all parents and guardians in preventing the spread of infection.

What to do if our students test positive for covid 19.

In accordance with the new policy of the Setagaya Public Health Center, we will take the following actions from now on.

What to do if students at Knock Knock Preschool test positive.

Until now, when there was an infected person in a class, the ward’s Child Care Department identified the person with whom the child had a close contact based on the standards of the Setagaya Public Health Center, but from now on, no such identification will be done.

① If a student or staff member in the same class tests positive:

Students and staff who do not test positive will not be asked to stay home or otherwise restrict their activities.
The school will contact the parents of the class with a positive student. After notification, families who are willing to cooperate will be asked to refrain from coming to school. The period of voluntary restraint will be 7 days from the day following the day of the onset of a positive case.

② If a positive person has not attended preschool for two days prior to the day of onset of illness:

We will not call for voluntary restraint in attending preschool.

③ In the event of voluntary restraint from attending preschool:

During the period of self-restraint from attending preschool, please monitor your health by taking your temperature, etc. If your health condition deteriorates, please visit your family doctor or a nearby medical facility.

What to do if students at Knock Knock English test positive.

As in the past, the Setagaya Ward Public Health Center will be responsible for identification of persons with concentrated contacts. We will follow the instructions of the public health center.

Please refrain from attending the school if any of the following conditions to you

Due to the nationwide spread of the new coronavirus, we ask that students who are in the following categories refrain from attending school. If you are unable to make a decision on your own, please contact the head office.

Students who meet the following conditions will be asked to voluntarily refrain from attending school.

  • Close contact
  • Those who with a fever of 37.5 or higher, or those who do not feel well even if they do not have a fever.
  • Those who have been asked by their nursery school or kindergarten to stay at home and observe their health (refrain from going out).
  • Those who have been requested by medical institutions to observe their health at home.
    * Even if your family member is a close contact, you can attend our class if you do not fall under any of the above.

Precautions for All Schools

– All Staff: Required to wear non-woven masks

All school staff are required to wear non-woven masks.

– Guardians: Required to wear masks

All guardians are required to wear masks.

– While Commuting (with guardians or by school buses): Required to wear masks

All students are required to wear masks while commuting.

– All Staff and Students: Required to check temperature and wash hands

The temperature of all staff and students are measured and they are required to wash their hands upon entering all schools.

– Disinfection

Classrooms are regularly disinfected several times a day in places that are frequently touched by students and teachers, including but not limited to toys, books, and handrails. The inside of the shuttle buses is also disinfected in between every student that uses it.

– Ventilation

In order to keep the teaching spaces ventilated with fresh air, doors or windows are kept open during hours of use.

– Carpets in class

The carpet in the classrooms will be temporarily removed to allow for more efficient disinfection work in the school.

– Vaccination of Staff

For our students’ interests, we actively encourage to pursue the process of third vaccination to all staff members.

Infectious Disease Control Guidelines for Knock Knock Preschool

– Masks are not obligatory( Regular Class After Kinder Class【Change】

Students in our Regular Class are not forced to wear masks, following the guidelines set for preschools in Setagaya Ward.

However, we encourage students to wear masks as much as possible.
If your child wears a mask from home, we make sure they are able to breathe comfortably at school. Additionally, if it is too uncomfortable for a child to wear a mask continuously, they are not forced to wear it. Furthermore, each child’s mask is separated individually as to prevent the spread of germs.

After Kinder Class / As of January 1, 2022, “Masks are Required” changes to “Masks are Recommended”

As of May1, 2022, masks are recommended. We mitigate the mandatory requirement to wear masks since January 2021.

– Measures at Lunch and Snack Time

We use tables with plenty of space between students. In addition, partitions are used to further prevent the spread of germs between students.

– Usage of Paper Towels

After washing their hands, single-use paper towels are used in order to prevent the spread of germs.

– Snacks at After Kinder Class

After Kinder has stopped serving snacks during snack time, but will resume serving snacks on April, 2022.

– We will refrain from activities in the park

Park activities will be suspended. We will do only activities in the yard of each school.

– About Enrollment Recess Options

If you are concerned about the spread of infection due to proximity to others, an adjournment system is offered. In this system, a month’s recess is permitted and the tuition from that month can be carried over to the next month. Please note that this system is for one month and can only be used one time in the school year. For more information, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of the school.

If you are absent without using the Adjournment System, you will need to pay the childcare fee. For support outside the system provided by Knock Knock, please consult with your local ward office.

–Requests from School

The following is not a policy, but we would appreciate your cooperation.

  • When picking up or dropping off your child, please avoid close contact with other parents and maintain a social distance.
  • When dropping off or picking up your child, please do not gather in the yard or on the street, and please return home as soon as possible.

Infectious Disease Control Guidelines for Knock Knock English

-Regarding Mask Usage by Students

We ask that all students at face-to-face classes wear masks during the duration of class. If you are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, we request that you take an online class.

– Resumption of In-person Group Lessons

As part of measured enacted to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, we moved group lessons to online. Now, as we mitigate precautions, we have resumed in-person group lessons.

– Arrangement of Tables and Installation of Partitions

We use tables with plenty of space between students. In addition, depending on the space between students, partitions are used to prevent the proximity between students and the risk of spread of germs.

– Snack Time【Add】

Snacks will be provided again during breaks in group lessons.

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