The World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the global risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to “very high” – its top level of risk assessment. We still cannot say for certain whether the spread of the infection in Japan is slowing down at present.
The Jikei Group of Colleges has, therefore, made the following decisions set forth below regarding overseas travel including study abroad tours as well as work for faculty members and company employees to ensure the safety and peace of mind of students and faculty members.
1. Overseas Travel
a) Study abroad tours for students scheduled for March and April will be either cancelled or postponed.
b) Overseas travel for faculty members and company employees will be suspended for the time being.
c) International students are asked to cancel any temporary visits to their home country. In the event students absolutely must travel to their home country, they are asked to submit a travel notification to their school and confirm whether or not they will be permitted to re-entry Japan from their home country prior to departure. Students may not be able to re-entry Japan depending on the situation in the future. Additionally, Japanese students returning to Japan and international students re-entering Japan from countries where people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus are required to remain at home for observation for a period of two weeks after arriving back in Japan.
2. Scheduled student health examinations will be postponed until March 15. Students are asked to contact their schools regarding the schedule for health examination.
3. Work for Faculty Members and Company Employees
a) Working staggered work schedules or working from home is recommended. (Applicable for the period from March 1 through March 31.)
b) Faculty members or company employees are asked to not come to work if they or a member of their family has a temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher or if they are not feeling well.
4. Information regarding the novel coronavirus may change in the future in accordance with the policies of the Japanese government or daily updates. As a result, the response of the Jikei Group may also change accordingly.