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LFI TOKYO LAST UPDATE - 30/06/2020

VACANCES

Dear Sir or Madame,

The school year comes to an end, after four weeks of partial resumption in primary school and a symbolic return to school in secondary school. It comes to an end after 11 weeks of educational continuityimplementation that have deeply rattled our community. It comes to an end after the TREFLE tournament, which has been prepared for a year, was cancelled due to a typhoon, and after the cancellation of all the school trips and meetings that should have marked the second semester.

But the school year also ends after six months of normal operation, from September to March, during which students of all classes were able to learn, work, share, discover and understand the world and its issues. 

It comes to an end after an Olympic and Paralympic week, vividly carried by the primary school classes, after a "Nuit des Idées" during which secondary school students reflected on the world of tomorrow, after school clubs and cultural workshops in which each student were able to develop their artistic streak (drama or movie clubs, music, sports, etc.).

It ends after hours of classes, and school days where students continued to grow up and shape their personalities. 

It comes to an end after your unfailing commitment to your children, especially since March 9th, at the cost of tremendous efforts, andafter numerous and fruitful exchanges between you and your children's teachers, in order to support them as best as possible.

It comes to an end after an intense, demanding and constructive dialogue with your representatives, in bodies where the school policy is decided and where the management team reports its actions, and outside of these bodies in order to make this dialogue fully alive and to meet with current requirements. 

It ends after tensions, inevitable faced with a crisis that has shaken all our patterns and our points of reference, after the implementation of a financial aid from the school for all the families who now need it, a financial aid that will remain available after the start of the school year.

It ends with a request of transparency that responds to the management team wish to explain, to dialogue, to do what is possible to do in a constrained institutional framework and faced with a diversity of expectations often hard to reconcile.

It finally ends with the numerous tokens of confidence you gave to your children's teachers or the school staff, confirming our collective ability to face ordeals together.

Thank you for this trust, and for this energy you put into wanting the best for your children and for expecting the best from the school in its actions and answers.

Please rest assured that we are fully mobilized to prepare a start of the school year as successful as possible, depending on the circumstances that will prevail at the time.

We wish the best to those of you who will be leaving Japan for good.

Please receive our best wishes for restful and enjoyable holidays.

Best regards,

The LFI Tokyo Management team

 

BOARD DECISIONS

 

Dear Sir or Madame,

 

The LFI Tokyo Board of Directors ("conseil d'administration"), held yesterday, Thursday June 4, passed several budgetary measures within the framework of the emergency plan implemented by the AEFE, in order to respond to many families requirements:

  • For all families, the 1.8% increase of tuition fees, passed in the budget plan for the start of 2020 school year, will not be implemented. Tuition fees will therefore remain unmodified compared to this school year.
  • For "Maternelle" students, tuition fees for the third term are reduced by 30%, either in the form of an advance for the next school year, or in the form of an exemption.

In addition, the school Solidarity Fund ("caisse de solidarité") remains mobilized to provide assistance to all families, regardless of their nationality, who may have suffered or who will experience a drop in their income in the weeks or months to come. Solidarity Fund will be held on June 24, and will meet again in September and throughout the next year. Requests can be sent to the accounts department.

Finally, the scholarship scheme can be requested again by French or Franco-Japanese families at the start of the school year, a second Consular Scholarship Council ("Conseil consulaire des bourses") being scheduled by the end of the year.

In doing so, the Board of Directors wishes to support families in difficulty because of the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, in an approach in compliance with the AEFE network policy, and made possible by State support .

The Board of Directors also approved the principle of invoicing school meals ("demi-pension") in June (for those who wish to, it remains possible to unsubscribe), as well as transport , in proportion to the actual services.

Best regards,

 

Laurent WAJNBERG
Headmaster of the LFI Tokyo

 

BACK TO SCHOOL : TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Dear Sir or Madame,

Responses have been numerous since the back-to-school questionnaire was sent on Friday, May 22. They contributed to consultation and to the evolution of the back-to-school plan. All the options were discussed with parents representatives and during the School Council (Conseil d’établissement) on Wednesday, and several were submitted to a vote (details of the results below).

The organization finally decided is the result of this process, which, for primary school, received unanimous approval from the School Council. However, this organization will fail to win unanimous support among you, as it is impossible to meet contradictory expectations. 

I am well aware of the limits of our responses and of what the LFI Tokyo can implement. You will find explanations of these possibilities and these limits below, even if they will not be enough to erase tiredness that you can feel after three months of distance educational continuity. 

But the LFI Tokyo remains part of the AEFE network, and it’s in this framework that it uses its room of maneuver. All our actions proceed from this reality. And all the energy of the management team, as well as the energy of the teachers and all the staff, is mobilized to support your children as well as possible and, soon, to welcome them, in an epidemic context that restrains our freedom and our missions.

In Maternelle :  

Longest possible attendance time in class has been decided

To allow each child to have a space respecting distancing, each class will be divided into three groups, which will mobilize teachers and Maternelle assistants full time. Each student will therefore attend school 1.5 days per week on average, according to an alternation which will be communicated to you over the next few days. Maintaining distance educational continuity will not be possible with this organization.  

In Elementary school :  

Longest possible attendance time in class has been decided

Classes will be divided into two groups, therefore each student will attend school 2 days a week and every other Wednesday morning. Teachers will attend school full-time, which will not allow distance educational continuity to be maintained. Teachers could give students homework for the rest of the week, but without online interaction.

Language courses, on the other hand, will be maintained in distance educational continuity, since they gather students from different classes. The schedule of these courses will be modified and will be communicated to you within the next few days. 

This explains why the end of classes is at 2:50 pm instead of 3:20 pm (because the usual schedule includes language courses).

Why not reschedule, so that school day ends later and starts later ? On the one hand, it would have exposed those who take public transportation to the strongest peaks of rush hour ; on the other hand, it seemed that maintaining the bus timetables to which you are used to in the morning since September would be a welcomed guarantee of stability in a landscape that was already too busy.   

In middle school and high school : 

It has been finally decided to maintain distance educational continuity, with no face-to-face lessons. However, to meet students' wish of reconnecting with each other and of meeting their teachers, a class time ("vie de classe") will be organized face-to-face twice in June, by half-class and respecting the principles of distancing.

Why this change compared to the proposal made on Friday, May 22 ? Because it was noted (and regretted) that the initial proposal would lead to a further decrease in the number of lesson hours for each student. The end of class schedule would also have led students to take the subway or train during rush hour. 

Teachers and parents representatives admitted that this educational continuity implementation, despite its limits and despite everyone's aspiration to resume a normal life, had found a balance and a rhythm which could justify maintaining it. Teachers added that in middle school and even more in senior high school, curriculums had been followed and were in the process of being completed.

Here are the votes of the School Council :

The protocol that will be communicated to you in the next few days, defining health and practical aspects of the resumption, was submitted to a vote for feedback : the opinion of the School Council is in favor (16 votes in favor, 1 vote not in favor, 1 abstention).  

Schedule will be as follows : 

  • In Maternelle, CP and CM2, students of the first group will be welcomed on Wednesday June 3 in the morning, students of the other group will be welcomed the next day.  
  • In CE1, CE2 and CM1, students of the first group will be welcomed on Friday June 5 in the morning, students of the other group will be welcomed on Monday June 8.  
  • Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd, primary teachers will organize their classroom for welcoming their students. They will not be available online during this time, but they will give their students educational activities.  
  • Why not start school earlier ? Because the resumption can only be done after authorization from the French authorities (French Embassy, AEFE and Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs), following the opinion expressed by School Council this Wednesday, May 27 ; because this opinion could not be given before this long (but necessary) production process came to an end; because the buses groups could not be finalized before the adoption of this opinion ; because we wanted to avoid any rush, and to have time to give you all the information related to this new organization.    
  • In secondary school, schedules of the weeks of June for educational continuity will be available this weekend. 

Further information will be sent to you shortly.

Best regards,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Headmaster of the LFI Tokyo

SCHOOL SURVEY

Dear Sir or Madame,

 

Here is a questionnaire regarding back to school for your child after LFI Tokyo reopening.

Thank you for sending your answers before Sunday, May 24th at midnight. 

 

Best regards,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

 

LFI TOKYO, APRES LE 11 MAI

 

Dear parents,

« Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on May 4, 2020 the extension of the nationwide state of emergency until May 31. He confirmed that the 13 big cities prefectures of the country are being kept under close monitoring. As you know, Tokyo and Kyoto are part of these prefectures. In a largely decentralized system, local authorities in Tokyo and Kyoto have announced that schools will remain closed until the end of the month, in order to better prepare for welcoming students in conditions that will have to follow the latest recommendations of the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT), in anticipation of a graded and partial resumption of school activities, including holding classes in smaller groups. 

Therefore, in agreement with the French Embassy, the Consulate General of France in Kyoto and after consultation with the AEFE, it was decided to comply with the schedule adopted by local authorities in Tokyo and Kyoto, according to terms which will take into account the particularities of the two schools. 

This period will enable the implementation, in collaboration with the entire school community and the social dialogue bodies of our schools, of an organization complying with health safety requirements in order to be able to welcome students in the best possible conditions. We know how much this extension of distance education is weighing on families, but rest assured that everything is being done to make it happen in the best possible way under the current circumstances.

We also know that some families are affected by the economic consequences of the health crisis. On the initiative of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the AEFE, the deadline for submitting scholarship applications, which families facing difficulty may need, has been extended. If necessary, please do not hesitate to contact the management team of your school to discuss the possibilities of taking your situation into account with them. » 

Best regards,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

  
Lettre aux familles : aides financières

Dear Sir or Madame,

During the last few weeks, letters have been sent to us regarding tuition fees. Rather than responding on a case-by-case basis, I think it would be useful, with this letter, to give everyone some answers.

LFI Tokyo has been closed to students since March 9th and, like almost all AEFE schools, it has been impacted by the effects of containment measures or school closures linked to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Health crisis that we are going through is exceptional in its gravity, its global dimension and its consequences on our societies and our economies.

Since the beginning of this crisis, LFI Tokyo swung into action, teachers are reinventing their teaching, and administrative and educational teams contribute to educational support and to the proper functioning of the school. Many of you have highlighted this collective effort, which, according to us, is the obvious expression of our commitment to you, in mutual trust. We are receptive to your feedback, whether they are positive or highlighting areas for improvement.

But we are aware of economic consequences that this crisis can have on many families. This is why a total exemption of “services annexes” has been announced for the whole period of closure for students.

Regarding French families in difficulty, AEFE is working with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to strengthen scholarships system, and thus to increase aid for schooling.

In this crisis, our school has to guarantee its current functioning, while continuing the implementation of educational continuity. It also has to continue its missions once the crisis will end, in particular by guaranteeing a quality educational offer, and by continuing its project for the future.

This is why tuition fees are important. Therefore, 3rd term billing will soon be sent to you, even if it will be postponed. Specific situations will be considered and payment facilities will be granted to families who ask for it to the accounts department (staggering, extension of payment period).

In addition, on April 6th, the School council (“Conseil d’établissement”) suggested that the Solidarity Fund (“caisse de solidarité”), which provides assistance to families for school trips, temporarily and exceptionally extend its field of action according to procedures that need to be defined with the “Conseil d’administration”.

We are all concerned to support you as best as we can in this difficult period. We are attentive to your feedback and we will continue to support your children in the current period, in order to welcome them back to LFI Tokyo when the time comes.

Thanking you for your attention and your trust,

Best regards,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

The management of LFI Tokyo, proposes to you to find here its newsletter intended for all the families of the educational community.

French School closure : new statement  

Dear parents,

During the last days, Covid-19 pandemic increased continuously and regularly in Japan, estimated by number of cases, in particular in Tokyo and in its surrounding prefectures, and in those of Osaka and Hyogo, which adjoin the prefecture of Kyoto. The experts panel, in its press conference of April 1st, divided Japan into 3 zones, Tokyo and Osaka being part of the most impacted zones. Several members of the experts panel asked for taking strong actions. As a consequence, Japanese Ministry of Education asked schools to reconsider their date of opening, in accordance with local situations. In Tokyo, authorities enjoined the 250 schools under its supervision to remain closed until May 6th, and they invited city halls of the district to give similar instructions to primary and secondary schools under their authority. Main universities of the country have postponed the start of their school year, implementing distance learning. The majority of private and international schools have postponed the date of resumption of their courses, and some of them have announced closure until the end of the school year. 

In this context, and in agreement with the AEFE, the French Embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate General in Kyoto, it’s not possible to resume classes on April 6th, without putting the entire school community at risk, starting by students. Therefore, it was decided not to reopen our schools in Tokyo and Kyoto before May 11th, after the spring break scheduled from April 25th to May 10th. Distance educational continuity will continue during this period, which allow continuance of the learning process within the framework of curriculum, and the organization of the end of the school year, in the light of the directives which will be given, and the evolution of the situation in Japan. Announcements are expected this week, from the French Minister of National Education, especially regarding exams (DNB and Baccalauréat). 

Priority goes to the health of students and of the staff of the two schools, and consequently of their relatives. We obviously continue to remain at the disposal of the entire school community to seek solutions to the difficulties that families or school staff would face.

Best regards, 

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

REGARDING BILLING FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2020

Dear Sir or Madam,

As previously announced, there will be no charges for school collective restauration (canteen), extracurricular activities and school transport for the month of March 2020. Credit notes are now visible on your Eduka portal in the  "finances" section. Please find below various informations about your credit notes :

  • Scholarships : march 2020 scholarships will be reimbursed to AEFE,
  • Financial schedules : some adjustments will be carried over to the June monthly instalment,
  • End of school year departures : any remaining amount in your favour will be paid back to you, 
  • Corporate payers : companies in charge of payments will be informed,
  • Advances following credit balances : advances will be applied in the 3rd quarter of the school year 2019 - 2020. 

Moreover, due to actual health crisis situation, payments for all school services will have to be made by bank transfer. 

We thank you in advance for your understanding as well as for your collaboration.

Virginie SAKAI
Accountant Manager

 

French School closure : new statement  

Dear parents,

On March 19th, Japanese government panel of experts issuedrecommendations that did not rule out reopening of schools, after school holidays as planned, so that’s April 6th. Almost all international schools have already aligned the resumption of their courses with that date. However, in the same report, panel of experts raises concerns about a possible acceleration of the Covid-19 pandemic within the next three weeks, in large urban centers like Tokyo and Osaka, and calls for remaining vigilant.  In this regard, the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko KOIKE, announced, on the evening of March 25th, that the capital city reaches a critical point and asked its inhabitants to respect a certain number of recommendations, such as not going out, unless emergency, during the next weekend.

In this evolving situation, in accordance with the instructions of the local authorities and in agreement with the French Embassy in Tokyo, the French Consulate General in Kyoto, and the AEFE, it was decided not to reopen our schools of Tokyo and Kyoto before April 6th. This time extension will enable to keep a close eye on which direction the situation is evolving, and to determine how to implement measures recommended by Japanese Ministry of Education, MEXT, advised in the light of the panel of experts work. For your information, the MEXT recommendations mainly relate to: maximum ventilation of spaces, distancing space between teachers and students, learning and respect of barrier gestures by students (hand washing and distancing space, especially), and systematic taking of temperature by students and staff.

The situation will be closely monitored within the next few days. Obviously, we remain attentive to parents and students, especially to seek solutions to the problems that families could have.

Best regards,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

 

Dear parents,

As you know, the coronavirus health crisis is continuing, in Japan as elsewhere. Schools remain closed, as do all international schools. In the same spirit of responsibility which led to join the efforts made in Japan to contain the spread of Covid-19 and in agreement with the AEFE, the French Embassy in Japan and the French Consulate General in Kyoto, it appears preferable and safer to extend the closure of the school until Sunday, March 29th. Incidentally, this date has been chosen by almost all international schools, in Tokyo as in Kyoto. 

Educational continuity measures will be maintained during this period. The teachers, who contribute to this implementation, and the parents, whose personal involvement is essential in guiding the children, deserve the gratitude of the school community.   

Well aware of the difficulties that the suspension of courses creates for this whole community, starting with the students and the parents, I thank you for your understanding and reiterate to you the unfailing mobilization of the Lycée, for which we would like to thank all the staff, teachers and administrative staff, who continue to cope with this exceptional situation which affects us all. 

Any information on the development of the situation in Japan and its consequences on the reopening of the school on March 30 will be sent to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

 

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

 

Fermeture LFI Tokyo : communiqué de l’ambassade / 東京国際フランス学園休校について:フランス大使館発表 

By decision of the Prime Minister, Japanese authorities asked schools to anticipate the end of school holidays and to close their doors as of March 2nd. In a spirit of responsibility, and in consistency with efforts made by Japan to limit the spread of Covid-19, international and private schools have all enforced this measure, remaining closed for periods up to March 30th or until the start of the school year (around April 6th). Some universities, following this action, have already announced the adjournment of courses resumption. Regarding the Lycée français international of Tokyo, in agreement with the AEFE and the French Embassy in Japan, the decision was, in the first place, to close school for students until Sunday March 15th.

In the light of the situation development, and of the report awaited by Japanese authorities, for March 19th, regarding the effectiveness of the measures taken in the management of this health crisis, it was deemed necessary, in agreement with the AEFE and the French Embassy in Japan, to extend the school closure for students until Sunday, March 22th. The measures implemented to ensure educational continuity for your children will be extended during this period. Consequently, the reopening of the school is postponed to Monday, March 23rd, subject to subsequent evolution, and according to the instructions to be given by Japanese authorities. Any useful information in that regard will be sent to you when the time comes.

Aware of the inconvenience of this situation for students and their families, as well as for school staff, I thank you for your understanding. Rest assured that the Lycée is making every efforts to cope with this exceptional situation, in the best interests of the school community.

Sincerely,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

LFI Tokyo is committed to implement educational continuity, with the help of the AEFE department of pedagogy and colleagues from other Lycées français of Asia.

  • In middle school and high school, next week student schedules will be lightened (Mrs. Doyhambehere sent details in a distinct email).  
  • In primary ("maternelle" and elementary school), teachers will provide educational contents and will suggest activities that will be completed by Monday, March 9th in the morning.

This implementation will start gradually from Monday, March 9th at 1pm.

According to the evolution of the situation, decision about reopening school or maintaining school-closure for students, will be taken by the end of next week. 

Whether at school or working from home, LFI Tokyo entire staff will maintain links with you and your child, as we all are on your side to move forward during this new and temporary situation. 

Best regards,

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

Educational continuity & IT devices link, please click here.

 
Educational continuity & IT devices

During school-closure of the LFI-Tokyo, educational continuity will be implemented from "maternelle" to high school. Main tools that will be used are "Pronote" and Google Classroom in Middle and High School, and One and Seesaw in primary school. Teachers could also choose to use other specific tools if needed.

In order to make sure every student will be able to benefit from this implementation, we thank you in advance for filling out the following survey before Sunday, March 8th.

Survey link, please click here.

School-closure for students - communiqué #2

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please find below further information regarding the week of school-closure for LFI Tokyo students from March 9th to March 13th. 

Online education

The goal is to enable educational continuity, with various forms according to grades and subjects, using tools already known by students and teachers. First elements of this online education plan should be ready for the afternoon of Monday, March 9th, and should be developed within the following days. 

In Première and Terminale grades, mock exams (written and oral exams) are maintained. They will take place on the week of March 9th, with only a few adjustments to the original schedule. 

Agenda

Parents-teachers meeting about school specific language courses, scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th, should be maintained. We're considering an online meeting format. Details about online tools that will be used to attend the meeting will be sent soon. 

Regarding school trips to Japan scheduled for primary school and for Troisième students in early April, decision about their confirmation or their cancellation will be taken before March 15th. 

Communication

Please request management team's help rather than teachers help for questions that you might have about school-closure before March 9th. 

Return from vacation

Families who've returned from exposed areas (China, including Hong-Kong and Macao, South Korea, Singapore, Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy), are requested not to come to school during 14 days from their return to Japan, and are invited to inform primary and secondary school secrétariat starting from Monday, March 9th. With reservations, depending on the evolution of the situation, prevention measures should be implemented, such as they are described by the AEFE (on March 1st): 

"Within 14 days following the date of return, following preventive actions are recommended by French "Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé :

  • watch your body temperature twice a day
  • watch for symptoms of respiratory inflammation (cough, breathing difficulties...)
  • use a facemask when you're in front of someone else and when you need to go out
  • wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • avoid any contact with pregnant women, people who suffer from chronic diseases, the elderly and any other people who have health problem
  • avoid going out with no essential purpose (meetings, restaurants, movies...)" 

We are currently in contact with French Embassy, the AEFE and parents association of the school throughout this crisis, and we will regularly communicate new information. Information is also posted on our website http://www.lfitokyo.org. A new section "Enseignement à distance"(online education) has been created on the homepage (column on the right).

We are aware of the difficulties created by this situation but please rest assured that LFI Tokyo teams will make every effort to maintain educational continuity for your children.

Best regards

Laurent WAJNBERG
Proviseur du LFI Tokyo

Next communiqué : Friday, March 6th 

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