CDC and SAP

The OIST Child Development Center and After School Program have resumed operations.

To keep our children and staff healthy we would like to ask the following of parents who pick up and drop off children to us.

  • Please do not come to the CDC without wearing a face mask. Children over the age of 2 are now also encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Keep social distance from other people when at the CDC. Follow the directional arrows and tape marking 2 meters distance.
  • Plan your pick up and drop off carefully by looking at the pickup and dropoff maps you have been sent for the flow of drop off and pick up. Please designate the same parent/guardian for drop off and pick up so that we can minimize the number of contacts our children, family and staff have.
  • The CDC back door will be open as a CDC Entrance from 8:45 am each day.  It will be open as an exit from 5:00 pm each day.
  • Temperature check stations will be used every morning and are positioned near the office, at the back door, and in front of Shinka and Kukuru.

If you are working from home or staying at home with your children, the OIST Recreation Services Team has gathered these resources, the OIST Education Coordinator has provided these resources, and PATO has shared these resources to help you and your family.

As we all adjust to this new normal, our positive thoughts are with you and your families and we hope you're staying safe and healthy.

Please see the attached latest update of COVID 19 for the OIST Community from Jonathan Ray, Vice President of Communication and Public Relations Division.

The latest updates included reassurance of OIST commitment to clear and accurate information, precautionary PCR Testing information, and a new COVID-19 case within the local Okinawan Community.  For more information please see www.oist.jp/covid-19 for latest updates and guidance, and a range of resources which will support your work, your health and well-being.

With the upcoming holidays next week, many of our families are planning to travel outside of Okinawa, and Okinawa is expecting more travel too.  This combined with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases on the US military base and the local community, we would like to re-implement stricter precautionary measures.

Combined Classes

From Monday, July 20, we will do our best to self contain each classroom by not combining children or mixing teachers.  In order to do so we will reduce hours for our toddler classrooms to (8:45-18:00) until further notice, Kukuru Infant Classes, and the Preschool (Miyarabi, Wakatida, Nyujyumi and Shinka) will remain open from 8:00 am.  If you have a children in the toddler classroom (Kanasan, Churasan, Umusan, Kafuu, Nuuji, Kugani) with a sibling in the Kukuru or Preschool Class, we apologize for the inconvenience and ask that you drop off your toddler children starting from 8:45, the toddler classrooms will not be open prior to 8:45.

Drop off and Pick up

Please designate the same parent/guardian for drop off and pick up.

We understand that it may be difficult for your family to have one person pick up and drop off your child(ren) and you may need to adjust this and your pick up and drop off time, but we request that you please do your best so that we can minimize the number of contacts our children, family and staff have.

CDC Back Door Open from 8:45

The CDC back door will be open as a CDC Entrance from 8:45 am each day.  It will be open as an exit from 5:00 pm each day

Temperature Check at Drop Off

8:00-9:30 there will be 3 temperature check areas (front gate near Office Door, Shinka Class and Kukuru Class).  Shinka class and Kukuru class temperature check are exclusively for children in those classes.

8:45-9:30 we will open an additional temperature check at the back door.

9:30-If you come to the CDC after 9:30 to drop your child off, please come to the office to get a temperature check.

Social Distance

Please take notice of our social distancing visuals and we will monitor and guide the flow of entrance and exits of the CDC each day.  Please do your best to maintain a social distance of 2 meters from others and please be sure to wear a mask if it is impossible for you to maintain at least 2 meters from other.

For those of you that will work from home and social distance, we will provide daily circle time for your children who are home.  Please email your class teachers for details.

Masks

CDC Staff

We are asking CDC staff to keep masks on while indoors since there is a lot of close contact with children and staff, but we ask them to take masks off while outdoors to minimize the risk of heat stroke. 

*During circle time, teachers may take masks off as long as close contact with children is restricted and social distance is maintained.

Parents

Please wear a mask in shared spaces open to the wider community. (Guideline issued by the Okinawa Prefectural Government)

Wearing a mask in hot and humid summer weather may increase the risk of heat stroke. If you can secure 2 meters minimum social distance when outdoors, a mask is recommended to be removed to prevent the risk of heat stroke.

(Guideline issued by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

Children

We encourage older children to wear masks indoors.  

Masks are not allowed for children under the age of 2

Mask are not allowed during naptime or outdoors

Travel

Many families have once again started to travel outside of Okinawa. OIST business travelers are now required to undertake PCR testing after work-related trips. I strongly encourage parents and cares who are OIST employees (faculty, staff or students, agency temp staff) to undertake voluntary PCR testing after family or personal travel, before returning your child to our CDC. The Chair of the OIST Health and Safety Committee recommends testing especially after travel to areas which have reported an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. This information is available in Japanese and English on the Ministry of Health website and can also be found easily be searching ‘Japan COVID-19’. PCR Testing is available free of charge from OIST. After collecting and submitting a testing kit you are expected to stay away from OIST offices and facilities on Day 1 – but anyone undertaking PCR testing will not lose out in terms of salary or annual leave. For non-business travelers, testing cannot be enforced, but the University regards voluntary PCR testing as an act of consideration to colleagues and the community, and will support those who come forward to be tested.

As we remain open, we request your cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep our school community healthy. Please read the attached guidelines carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are working closely with the OIST COVID Management Response Team and following all government recommendations.  

Lastly, as we head into the long holiday weekend next week, it is imperative we remember that COVID-19 is still a threat and we should remain focused on protecting our community members.   We are all anxious about the increase of cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa recently. If you are not practicing social distancing, please do not bring your child to the CDC.  

As always, please continue to take care of one another and stay safe.

We are so glad to be back open and we find so much joy in being with your children. It took us some time to prepare the floor to open the back door but we got some positive feedback from parents about it this morning. We are continually evaluating out procedures, so please give us your feedback. To keep our children and staff healthy we would like to ask the following of parents who pick up and drop off children to us.

  • Please do not come to the CDC without wearing a face mask. The OIST leadership will shortly write to all members of the community to say that wearing face masks on campus is a requirement. The CDC needs to align with this. We have put it into effect immediately and appreciate your cooperation and understanding.’
  • Keep social distance from other people when at the CDC. Follow the directional arrows and tape marking 2 meters distance. Please use those visuals to keep social distance at all times when entering and exiting the CDC.
  • Plan your pick up and drop off carefully by looking at the pickup and dropoff maps for the flow of drop off and pick up.
  • Families who use the back parking lot can enter the CDC from the back door entrance from 9:00-9:30 and the route to enter will reverse in the afternoon so please exit from that door from 5:30-6:00.
  • There are not many parents at the CDC from 9:30-5:30, so please feel free to pick up and drop off as usual and use the most convenient route available.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know and thank you always for your support and cooperation.

Please see the attachment for OIST and CDC guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19.

To reduce contact as much as possible and request that your family designate the same parent to pick up and drop off daily.

We understand that it may be difficult for your family to have one person pick up and drop off your child(ren) and you may need to adjust this and your pick up and drop off time, but we request that you please do your best so that we can minimize contact.

There will be 4 temperature check areas (front gate, side gate, Shinka Class and Kukuru Class) at drop off from 9:00-9:30. Shinka class and Kukuru class temperature check are exclusively for children in those classes.

If you come to the CDC after 9:30 to drop your child off, please come to the office to get a temperature check.

Please take notice of our social distancing visuals and we will monitor and guide the flow of entrance and exits of the CDC each day. Please do your best to maintain a social distance of 2 meters from others.

We ask that you are patience with us as we may need to reevaluate and make adjustments to our daily procedures and we will reassess the necessary guidelines and procedures in 2 weeks.

We are working closely with the OIST COVID Management Response Team and following all government recommendations.

For those of you that will continue work from home and social distance, we will continue to provide daily circle time for your children who are home. Please access those from the link sent to you by email on May 20, 2020:

Thank you to our wonderful CDC teachers and staff who have worked so hard to get ready for reopening and who will continue to work from home and engage children who will be home.

The OIST Child Development Center and After School Program will resume operations on Thursday May 21, 2020. Because of the longer restriction on kindergarten and school opening, colleagues with children may be unable to return to work at the OIST campus before Thursday May 21, 2020. Please tell your manager if this is the case. Remote working will be permitted.

An email from OIST President Peter Gurus notifying the OIST employees of access restrictions on campus has been extended to Wednesday 20 May was sent out earlier today. This message is attached for your reference.

The CDC Preschool and SAP will extend suspension of our normal operations until May 20.

We would like to continue our daily circle time. Your child’s class teachers will send you the zoom link later so please have your child attend if you would like to. Please understand some teachers are taking days off so we might ask you to attend other class’s circle time or have the same language circle time twice a day instead.

The CDC leadership team is in frequent contact with OIST Senior Management and is adhering to OIST COVID-19 guidelines. We will keep you informed of any changes and look forward to safely providing services and seeing your children at CDC again.

We miss seeing your children but we hope everybody is staying safe and having a special bonding time with your family.

An email from OIST VP Jonathan Ray notifying the OIST employees of access restrictions on campus has been extended to Friday 8 May was sent out earlier today. This message is attached for your reference.

The CDC Preschool and SAP will extend suspension of our normal operations until May 8.

We would like to continue our daily circle time. Your child’s class teachers will send you the zoom link later so please have your child attend if you would like to. Please understand some teachers are taking days off so we might ask you to attend other class’s circle time or have the same language circle time instead.

CDC leadership team is in frequent contact with OIST Senior Management and is adhering to OIST COVID-19 guidelines. We will keep you informed of any changes and look forward to safely providing services and seeing your children at CDC again.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding and please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.

The Onna Board of Education has decided to extend the closure of Onna Kindergarten, Onna Elementary, and Unna Junior High School until May 20, 2020.

Details about homework during school closure will be posted on each school's website, so please refer to the links below for more information.

Onna Elementary School and Kindergarten https://onnaschool.ti-da.net/

Unna Junior High School https://unnajhschool.ti-da.net/

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

Learn to count in Korean with Ms. Sunhee

Clap Snap Dance by Ms. Maria

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

Row Row Row Your Boat sung by Kukuru Class Teachers

Learn About Italy with Ms. Olga

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

Message from Nyujyumi Class Teachers

Bunn Bunn Bunn, Hachi Ga Tobu Sung by Kukuru Class Teachers

The Big Brag Read by Ms.Ellie

Let us begin by saying how much we miss all of the children. Despite this difficult situation for everyone, Tedako Preschool classes must go on... because our little OISTers remain strong and vibrant!

With that in mind, this morning CDC staff will have a meeting to discuss the logistics of being able to work from home and utilize ZOOM to provide daily opportunities for LIVE interactions daily.

The teachers assigned to deliver your child's daily sessions will most likely be your child's regular class teacher, but please understand that some of our staff are unable to participate in this type of work from home for a variety of reasons however will make sure that your child's class has a daily English and Japanese lead meeting each day.  Our other staff will continue to work from home doing a variety of other work to support the CDC.  Some of this work will include creating video content available and accessible by links send out by us daily.

Please enjoy today's CDC video links:

Gertrude McFuzz read by Ms. Ellie 

My Teacher Likes to Say read by Mr. Ja

What do virtual circle time interactions look like for my child?

Our virtual class meeting schedule will take place twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  For each class, one teacher will host a Japanese session and one will host an English session,  Both sessions will be brief, 5-15 minutes and during this time teachers will greet children, read a book, and/or sing a song together.  Once we get more comfortable in this medium, we will expand to discuss other topics circle time topics such as calendar, weather, shapes, numbers, letters, and feelings. 

We understand some of you may feel uneasy about screen time for young children as it is a controversial topic in child development. However, we strongly believe that we want to continue to provide the children a sense of social connections with their teachers and classmates, and maintain continuity, and care during this uncertain time. Participation is optional.

How Does Zoom work?

Your class teachers will follow up with a an email link to be able to attend the virtual circle time daily and the first one for today will start from this afternoon.  Please access the link 5-10 minutes before the planned start time to give yourself time to troubleshoot technical details since we are all new at this.

Important: It is vitally important to stress not sharing the link beyond this group. This material is intend for the internal use of the CDC community. There is a possibility that it could be shared with a wider audience by a participant.   If you have concerns about this, you should not have your child participate by video.  There is a way to watch with your camera turned off.

Please also note that the purpose of using this platform is to help keep a routine for your child and give them opportunities to continue to connect with each other and their teachers since we suspended our operation. Should you have any questions or concerns related to Covid-19, contact Julia Nabholz, Director of the CDC directly. I will do everything possible to support our CDC Families.

We want to thank everyone for your support, patience, flexibility, and understanding during this time. We hope to see your child virtually this afternoon. If we may have missed some key items, do not hesitate to reach out to us with additional questions or for clarity.  You are all in our thoughts, be safe and be well.

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

The Fox and the Tiger read by Mr. Ja

Yertle the Turtle read by Ms. Ellie

Thank you to all parents for your support and cooperation during this especially challenging time. 

An email from OIST Peter Gruss notifying the OIST employees of access restrictions and changes to work arrangements on campus was sent out earlier today. 

The CDC Preschool and SAP will suspend normal operations from the end of today to May 6. Please make sure to take home all your children's belongings today. Our staff will come in on Monday to thoroughly clean and prepare for their continuing work from home.  We will do our best to stay connected with your children and also provide some daily content for your child.  Please be advised that we recommend that you limit the amount of screen time for your young children.

One thing we know for sure is that we will miss your children and look forward to find new and creative ways to stay in touch.

Please stay safe and follow the OIST COVID19 guideline.

https://www.oist.jp/covid-19/health

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. We will keep you regularly updated.

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

Happy Birthday Song by Ellie sensei

Splat The Cat: Read by Mr. Ja

Many of our staff are still here working each day at Tedako, we are so grateful for their hard work and efforts to keep our school operational.  Below is a new message from Nujyumi Class teachers. 

Message from Nujyumi Class Teachers

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

My Many Colored Days read by Ms.Ellie

The Wolf in Underpants read by Mr. Ja

Many of our staff are still here working each day at Tedako, we are so grateful for their hard work and efforts to keep our school operational.  Below is a new message from Umusan Class teachers.

Message from Umusan Teachers, Kyoko and Reina (0416)

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.  

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Read By Ms. Ellie

The Dog and the Fox Read by Mr. Ja

Many of our staff are still here working each day at Tedako, we are so grateful for their hard work and efforts to keep our school operational.  Below is a message from Shinka Class teachers.

Message from Mika Sensei and Mr. Neil

 

Please enjoy more CDC Teachers' content as they share their time, talent and skills from their home to yours.

Akatasunndouchi sung by Yukiko Sensei

Mine, Mine, Said the Porcupine read by Mr. Ja

Wind the Bobbin Up sung by Ms.Ellie

Many children are staying home for reassurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We miss the children's sweet faces and while parents are home with child(ren) please enjoy our CDC teachers original content. 

There’s lots of content out there but it’s so nice to have a familiar face to connect us.

Five Green and Speckled Frogs sung by Ms. Ellie 

l Will Try read by Mr. Ja 

We understand some of you may feel uneasy about screen time for young children as it is a controversial topic in child development. However, we strongly believe that we want to continue to provide the children a sense of social connections with the teachers and, maintain some continuity, and care during this uncertain time.

Please feel free to share any questions or concerns with me directly.  I know this is a challenging time for you. I will update you as information is made available to me and our staff is working on more ways to connect with you while you are at home.

Due to staffing constrains, we will continue with our reduced hours (9:00-18:00) until further notice.  During this time, will do our best to self contain each classroom by not combining children or mixing teachers, but if our available childcare staff are unable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios.  Please be aware that this includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as covers, combining classes, and/or moving children or teachers temporarily to another class.  

Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us.  We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread the any sickness and some may need to stay home with their own families.  

We are all anxious about the increase of cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa recently.  The CDC remains open, but we request that if you do not need childcare, or if your supervisor allows teleworking during time, please consider keeping your child at home and practice social distancing to protect your family.  If you are not practicing social distancing, please do not bring your child to the CDC.  

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.

We received news that the Kafuu Class parent’s COVID-19 test was negative.

The classroom was thoroughly wiped down and disinfected on Thursday.

We are contacting staff and confirming their availability, but we are expecting to open all classes tomorrow at 9:00. 

We will reassess staff availability tomorrow and if possible, reopen from 8:00am from Tuesday.  We will keep you updated on all COVID-19 and CDC operational updates.

We have confirm Kafuu teachers will be at CDC tomorrow. All siblings are welcomed back to their regular classes.

Thank you all for your patience and cooperation.

Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.

As I write this many of you are on your way to pick up and I can hear the happy voices of children playing outside with their friends and teachers.

Since we will be closing the Kafuu class until further notice, this includes excluding all staff who worked in the Kafuu class within this week.  We will need to reduce our operational hours to be able to maintain safe ratios with the manpower that still remains. 

We will open from 9:00 tomorrow and close daily at 6:00.  We will continue reduced operational hours until we have enough staff to remain open from 8:00.

Please also note that we will need to combine classrooms, and teachers will be shifted to work in multiple classrooms to be able to provide a proper rest time to each teacher.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you to all parents for your support and cooperation during this especially challenging time.  We are doing our best to keep a safe environment for the children and staff here at Tedako.  Hand sanitizers were made available at the request of parents at the entrance of the CDC last week in addition to the ones that are kept outside each classroom on the shoe boxes.  Please feel free to use them.

It has been difficult to purchase masks since February however we received and distributed reusable masks for our staff on Monday (04/06) from the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare.  We require staff to wear them when they serve food as per our safe food handling policy.

Many parents have been asking about fees in the case of not attending the CDC (self quarantine, exclusion from the CDC and CDC Closure).  All childcare fees must remain in place. Our CDC Staff are OIST employees and in common with other OIST staff- will be entitled to continuing salary payment in the event that all but the most critical activities on campus are suspended.  The fees paid by parents and carers contribute an essential one third of the ongoing CDC staff salary bill.  The sustainability of the CDC requires fees to be maintained during this challenging time and we hope parents will be understanding.  The CDC cannot shed staff for a period of closure or expect to recruit replacement staff successfully at short notice when services resume.  Furthermore, CDC staff will be undertaking professional development, planning and other work while children are home.

For those families who receive childcare subsidy from the local village/city office, we have confirmed that in the case of CDC closure, your family is still eligible to receive subsidy.

For planning purposes, food for school lunch and snack is ordered 1 week before school lunch and snack is served, therefore fees will remain for at least one week after notification of children's absences for voluntary self quarantine and we will be waiving the change of contract fee for those that cancel school lunch and snack to voluntarily self quarantine.  For those that are remaining at home until further notice due to COVID-19 we will need advance notice to order lunch and snack before your child returns to the CDC.  Please contact the CDC office to confirm lunch and snack preparations can be made for your child's return back to the CDC so that we can be ready.  We currently have about 20 families who are keeping their children at home to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many events and off campus field trips have been canceled so far and we do not know when it will be safe to hold mass gatherings and go off campus.  We will reallocate the unused cost from canceled events to other events and any unused fee will be credited to your childcare fee at the end of the fiscal year (March 2021). 

If your family encounters financial hardship during this time, please contact the CDC director directly to discuss payment options or having fees waived.

The leadership team at the CDC will be closely monitoring the situation and we will follow the Government. MLHW/Prefectural/Local Village and OIST for guidance for closure should the threat of COVID-19 become more serious.  Please know that the health and safety of your children and our staff are our biggest priorities.  We will follow OIST/Prefecture/Village guidelines for CDC Closure.  In the case of CDC closure, we will work with the companies to get a refund, but families may have to pay up to one week's worth of school lunch and snack if the food has already been purchased if it is too late to cancel due to the timing of the closure.

We are all anxious about the increase of cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa recently.  The CDC remains open, but we request that if you do not need childcare, or if your supervisor allows teleworking during time, please consider keeping your child at home and practice social distancing to protect your family.

Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us.  We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread the any sickness and some may need to stay home with their own families.  If our childcare staff are unable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios.  This includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as covers, combining classes, moving children temporarily to another class.  Tedako CDC is not expected to reduce its hours at this time, but as it becomes more challenging to have the appropriate staff, we may need to reduce our hours from 8:00-6:00 to 9:00-6:00.

We have also been finding ways for our staff, to work from home if they cannot come to work and they are working on content to share with those families who are staying home and social distancing.  At this time there are about 20 children who are being kept home from school and we look forward to sharing this with you soon.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.

​As you know we are doing everything we can to take precautionary measures against COVID-19.

We have been advised that a family member of a child in our Kafuu classroom has reported symptoms of concern. There is no confirmation of COVID-19, but the child has nonetheless been kept at home today.  The Okinawa Health Office has been notified of this case, in addition to the OIST Occupational Health Doctor and Provost.

Given this development, we are closing our Kafuu classroom for 2 weeks starting from tomorrow (4/9/2020).   If your child is in this classroom, we are very sorry, but we will be unable to provide childcare during the next two weeks.  Siblings of those in Kafuu class need also to be excluded. Based on current information and a thorough assessment by the leadership, health and safety and medical advisors, we do not consider it necessary to close other classes, but you may choose to keep your children at home for additional reassurance.

We will of course keep you regularly updated.

Our CDC and After School Programs (SAP) are continuing to provide high quality care for your children.

Thank you very much for observing our recent advice on infection prevention, the updated guidance on international and national travel, and what to do if your child is unwell.

Okinawa’s elementary, junior high and high schools have extended a period of closure until April 21. Some local schools are still going ahead with their welcome ceremonies in the days ahead. We would like CDC/SAP parents and carers not to attend these large gatherings. Attendance would not be compatible with our guidance on social distancing. I hope you will understand.

In addition, any families whose children receive childcare from both Onna Kindergarten and the OIST CDC/SAP are now requested to choose and use a single provider. This is to reduce any risk from cross-contamination between the two facilities.

Many parents and teachers are anxious about COVID-19 with the increase in cases in Okinawa and mainland Japan recently.  The CDC remains open, but we request that if you do not need childcare, or if your supervisor allows teleworking during this time, please consider keeping your child at home and practice social distancing to protect your family.

As we remain open, we request your cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep our school community healthy. Please read the following carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • We have a new thermometer. It has to capacity to rapidly scan to get a temperature reading without physical contact, so there is no chance of transmitting any harmful germs if anyone is infected. Mitsue Sensei will set up a table in between the two CDC buildings near the office from 8:00-9:30. Please take your child to her to be scanned before dropping your child off in his or her classroom. We will record your child's temperature on the form. If you arrive after 9:30, please take your child to the office to be scanned before dropping him or her off to your child's class teacher.
  • Please continue to share information with your class teachers about your children's health conditions, especially when kept home from school.
  • We will continue to exclude Non-Essential visitors. All visits and guest speakers/performers have been postponed or canceled until further notice.
  • Teachers and Staff are discouraging children from touching their face, especially mouth and nose.
  • As always, we are following our hand washing procedure and policy and ensuring that the children are too. Please also continue to encourage children to wash hands often at home.
  • We are keeping our regular disinfecting and cleaning schedule and procedures.
  • Any CDC Staff who travel outside of Okinawa are subject to self-quarantine, as stipulated by OIST. We currently have 3 CDC Staff on self-quarantine.
  • Teachers are checking their temperatures daily, staff with a fever of 37.5 are asked to remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours. If fever is combined with respiratory symptoms the exclusion is longer.
  • Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us. We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread of any sickness and some may need to stay home with their own children. If our childcare staff are unavailable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios. This includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as cover, combining classes, moving children temporarily to another class. Tedako CDC is not expected to do reduce its operations at this time as we have appropriate staff to remain open from 8:00-1800.
  • The leadership team at the CDC will be closely monitoring the situation and we will follow the Government/MHLW/Prefectural/ Local Village and OIST for guidance for closure should the threat of COVID-19 become more serious. Please know that health and safety of your children and our staff are our biggest priority.

Thank you for continuing to keep the CDC community safe by following all of our health guidelines.  

Just to remind you the current MHLW (Ministry Health Labor and Welfare) guidelines recommend, children who have a temperature with 37.5 or above and /or respiratory symptoms should be excluded from childcare. The CDC is following these guidelines and has tightened it's exclusion criteria.  As such, we are no longer allowing children with temperatures of 37.5 and above to attend the CDC.

As you are aware, each morning we are asking you to take your child's temperature before entering their classroom.  We are carrying out a second temperature check in the afternoon, 30 minutes after nap time.  After you have taken your child's temperature, please disinfect the thermometer.  We are posting guidelines outside each classroom, as to how to take your child's temperature and how to clean the equipment.  We are investigating easier ways to take the children's temperature and we will keep you posted.

With respect to respiratory symptoms, we are allowing children with a cough to attend as long as they have a the Tedako CDC Medical Certificate Form with Doctor's permission to attend group childcare.  The OIST Industrial Physician recommends that families make an appointment with their child's regular Health Care provider to obtain this medical certificate.  We have heard from some families that their regular clinic doctor has been unable or unwilling to provide these certificates.  The CDC has a list of clinics who have provided certificates, contact us individually if you require this information.

The OIST Clinic/ Health Center has limited capacity to see patients.  If you are experiencing the same symptoms as your child, it may be possible for you to be seen together at the OIST Health Clinic.  Please contact the OIST Health Clinic in advance (email preferred) health@oist.jp

Location: B234, Level B, Center Building

Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00

Contact: 098-966-8945

It is the CDC's usual policy that parents cannot pick up their children during nap time.  In the case of a parent becoming ill and needing to pick up their child early, we are relaxing this policy.  If you develop a fever we ask you not to enter the CDC.  Under these circumstances, we will bring your child to you at the Main entrance to the CDC.  Please contact the office at 098-982-3338 if you need us to do this.

We want to again thank you for your support and cooperation while we navigate this challenging situation.

For parents who do not work at OIST, I have attached the latest message (attachment 1 and attachment 2) from Vice President of Communications and Public Relations of OIST, Jonathan Ray regarding preventative measures OIST is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please take a look.

As per the new OIST policy, if anyone in your household has traveled outside of Japan anyone the members in the household must self quarantine for a period of 14 days.  This means that children can not come to the CDC if they have traveled or in anyone in their household has traveled outside of Okinawa until after a 14 day quarantine.

The arrival date to Okinawa should be counted as Day 0. (The average incubation period for COVID-19 is said to be 5-6 days after the exposure.)  

The household under quarantine need to be symptom free for 14 days. If you have any suspicious symptoms, please contact the OIST health center. health@oist.jp (phone number 098-982-8945)

Upon arrival at the CDC we will double-check that families under quarantine had no suspicious symptoms during the period. If they say they had, we will contact the OIST Health Center and they will conduct an interview and decide what to do.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Thank you for your continued support to keep our school community healthy.

As the COVID-19 guidelines are changing based on the current situation I want to update you but I also want to encourage you to continue to keep good hygiene, such as hand washing and keeping fingernails short because this is good practice for all communicable sickness and although COVID-19 is not present at the CDC now, we are dealing with many cases of sickness such gastroenteritis, and as of today, one case of Strep Throat. 

  • As of Monday, March 9, Children who have any respiratory symptoms (such as cough) can return to school once cough has subsided or after consultation from a medical professional.  Please see the attached document for details.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and please practice social isolation and stay away from crowded events. 

The CDC Preschool Program will remain open. For those parents who are not OIST employees, I have attached a message from OIST President Peter Gruss which was sent on Friday.

We request your cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to keep our school community healthy. Please read the following carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

  • We are implementing a daily temperature check for all children upon drop off. Please take your child's temperature and record it on the form next to the attendance sheet each morning.
  • Based on the guidance from MHLW, we are tightening our exclusion policy from a temperature of 38 degrees to a temp of 37.5. Child who are coughing cannot attend to school.
  • We will quarantine all children who are not well in our office/ sick bay. Please come and pick up your child promptly when called to do so.
  • Please continue to share information with your class teachers about your children's health conditions, especially when kept home from school.
  • We ask you to be aware of the sharp increase in infection in areas outside of Okinawa and seriously assess the need to travel. If you decide to travel, please let us know where and when you are traveling to. If traveling to a high-risk area, we will consult with the OIST Health Center about any preventative measures required before children can be admitted back into our care.
  • In addition to the required health check for new children to the preschool program, OIST Health Center, Dr. Mori is checking the health condition of families new to OIST before children start at the CDC.
  • Off campus field trips to public places have been postponed or canceled.
  • Events within the CDC will be scaled down, postponed, or canceled. Upcoming events that are affected are the Hinamatusri Musical Performance, Monthly Birthday Celebration, Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation, and Undokai (Sports Day). More details will be available next week as we are still finalizing the details.
  • We will continue to exclude Non-Essential visitors. All visits and guest speakers/performers have been postponed or canceled until further notice.
  • Teachers and Staff are discouraging children from touching their face, especially mouth and nose.
  • As always, we are following our hand washing procedure and policy and ensuring that the children are too. Please also continue to encourage children to wash hands often at home.
  • We are keeping our regular disinfecting and cleaning schedule and procedures.
  • Maintaining class ratios for safety is always a priority for us. We expect our staff to stay home if unwell to prevent the spread of sickness and some may need to stay home with their own children. If our childcare staff are unavailable to work, we have several operational procedures to maintain safe ratios. This includes the use of temp staff as substitutes or group leaders as cover, combining classes, moving children temporarily to another class. SAP is reducing service time by an hour to ensure enough staffing for the full day after school program to provide childcare for those children whose elementary school closed suddenly. Tedako CDC is not expected to do reduce its operations at this time as we have appropriate staff to remain open from 8:00-1800. 
  • The leadership team at the CDC will be closely monitoring the situation and we will follow the Government/MHLW/Prefectural/ Local Village and OIST for guidance for closure should the threat of COVID-19 become more serious. Please know that health and safety of your children and our staff are our biggest priority.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a series of national measures to assist with containment of the COVID-19 coronavirus. These included a request that all elementary, junior high and high schools close, and do not reopen until after the Spring Break. This will understandably have a serious impact on many working families with school age children.

Parents should know that – worldwide – the children who acquire and develop symptoms from COVID-19 have coped extremely well. Clinical data confirms that the impact of this virus can be far more severe on the elderly and those in poor health. Serious cases affecting children have been exceptionally rare. Of course, young people can still spread infection to adults and classmates. Closing schools is consistent with the government’s other steps in relation to travel, large gatherings, cancellation of public events, and prevention of infection. Already many schools in Okinawa have confirmed closure.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has clarified that PM Abe’s request does not apply to day care centers for children, and after-school facilities for elementary school students. Given this context, the OIST Child Development Center will operate on the basis of business-as-usual until further notice. We will of course keep the situation under very careful ongoing review. The After School and Full Day After School Program (offered during CDC vacation periods) will also operate normally for children aged K-Grade 6

As all of you know, COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Okinawa.  We want to share some information about precautions we are taking to help keep our children safe.

Our cleaning procedure is that each morning, all the surfaces in the room are wiped down with bleach. The surface of the mats are also wiped each day. Before eating, tables are wiped down again. Bathroom conditions are kept clean.

In addition to our hand washing policy, which includes hand washing in our daily schedule, teachers are also discouraging children from finger sucking / placing hands in their mouth and encouraging children to keep hands away from their noses and eyes.  We also encourage you to emphasize hand washing at home with your children.

We are limiting access to the CDC and school age program community by postponing or canceling visitors to the CDC.

We will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with and follow directions from Okinawa Prefecture Government, OIST clinical staff and executive leadership in order provide the safest childcare environment possible

We would like to encourage your families to stay away from crowds and crowded places during this outbreak and ask families to refrain from unnecessary travel

We will continue to update you with any new policies or changes.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.