Campus Access and Safe Use
Restricted Access and Criteria for Return
Staff, students, parents and visitors are not permitted access to campus if any of the circumstances below are applicable:
- (A) Someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- (B) Someone who has a high fever (37.5 degrees or higher), a persistent cough, a loss of sense of smell/taste, or any cold/flu-like symptoms
- (C) Someone who is staying in the same household of a family member (or other close contact) who has a high fever (37.5 degrees or higher), a persistent cough, a loss of sense of smell/taste, or any cold/flu-like symptoms
- (D) Someone who has been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID 19 within the past 14 days and so is recommended to self-quarantine by a doctor or the public health authorities
- (E) Someone who has returned from any country within the past 14 days
- (F) Someone staying in the same household / is a close contact with anyone who has returned to Japan from a foreign country within the past 14 days
These rules on campus access can be shortened if the parent (person) can submit a valid doctor’s statement that indicates that the student (or person) is able to return to campus and does not pose a risk for COVID-19 transmission.
Access to Campus for Non-Staff/Visitors
We regret that parents and non-essential visitors may not access campus unless it is for an essential pre-arranged meeting with a staff member. In that case, the parent or visitor should first register for their appointment at reception. Once admitted they should limit their time on campus and are required to wear a mask at all times.
Parents need to drop off their child at the school gate where staff will be ready to welcome them and take their temperature. Flexibility for very young children who might need parental support in entering the building/classroom will of course be accommodated, particularly on the first day(s) back to school.
Conditions with a High Risk of Complications if COVID-19 is Contracted
Students, families, and staff concerned about high risk conditions should carefully consider their need to access campus. High risk conditions are defined by NIS in accordance with the guidelines of the Japanese Ministry of Health and the US Centre for Disease Control as follows: cancer, diabetes, serious heart conditions, chronic lung disease or respiratory conditions, chronic kidney disease, receiving dialysis, chemotherapy, immunocompromised, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity (BMI 30+), sickle cell disease, pregnancy and aged 65 or older.
Arriving on Campus
- Students will have their temperature taken using a non-contact thermometer on entry to campus. Temperature stations will be established at the bus steps, the main steps, the ELC steps and the Annex entry way. Physical distancing will be maintained as students line-up to have their temperature taken.
- If the temperature is 37.5 or higher the student will be taken to the medical isolation room where the reading will be confirmed by the nurse. If the fever (or any other cold/flu-like symptoms) is/are confirmed parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child immediately.
- Assuming that they do not have a high temperature, students will be asked to enter the building, wash their hands, and go to class/designated spaces, observing all guidelines for wearing masks and physical distancing.
- Any adults found to have a temperature in excess of 37.5 and/or who are symptomatic will not be accepted onto campus and will be advised to go home and follow the medical guidance in place.
As a community we ask all NIS staff, students and parents to work together to maximize and prioritize the safety of all.
We will do our very best to uphold standards of safety while on campus. However, we also ask each community member to consider their personal responsibility for our community safety; this means making safe choices in our lives beyond school.
We ask everyone to do their best to avoid the three Cs in their personal and professional lives as well as to maintain general hygiene, for example by the appropriate usage of masks and by regular hand cleaning. We ask families to make choices that limit risk of infection so that together, our entire school community is made more safe.
We understand that it is not possible for absolute safety, and that some family or work commitments will mean that it is not always possible to avoid all risk. However, we simply ask that, as much as it is possible and reasonable to do so, we all strive to keep our NIS community safe.