April 24th 2020

Re entry to KIS moved to Monday 11 May

KIS will continue Distance Learning to include Thursday 7 May and Friday 8 May. The school has been in contact with the Board of Education of Kyoto Prefecture and based on information we have received KIS is planning to re enter school on Monday May 11. We continue to monitor the Prefecture Response and the Governments response to make the healthiest and safest possible decision for the community .

A beautiful Spring morning at KIS

Distance Learning Update

Greetings everyone and welcome to your Distance Learning Update

¥100 000 onetime payment

The Japanese Government will make a ¥100000 to all residents of Japan to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19. This article gives some insight into the draft guidelines for how this will be rolled out: https://resources.realestate.co.jp/living/details-on-japans-covid-19-%c2%a5100000-payment-to-every-resident-how-to-apply/

Re Entry to School

The Senior Leadership Team and Board representatives met today (Friday 24 April) to plan for the Re Entry to KIS. In light of information we have received we will continue Distance Learning:

  • Thursday 7 May
  • Friday 8 May


  • Kyoto Prefecture Board of Education will only decide on the return for Japanese local schools before Golden Week (2-6 May)
  • Japanese Government’s decision on the State Of Emergency will be updated on 6 May

KIS intends to make the safest healthiest decision for the entire community. This will be based on all available information.

It is not ideal to push the Re Entry date back again but we do want to make the most informed decision possible for your families welfare.

Parent Survey

Last week we asked 'What is your preferred time for Coffee Mornings, Town Halls, Parent live sessions etc ?' The major response was watch the recording at my own time. We will continue the Coffee Mornings at 10AM and Information Evenings as required. Making recordings available to the community.

This weeks Parent Survey includes a key question:

'Will you be sending your child back to KIS if the campus opens when local Kyoto schools reopen?'

Parent Survey Link

Atsumari WordCloud

Please encourage your children to vote 'Why is Atsumari so much fun?'


May Day Challenge

When: Friday 1 May

Youtube live broadcast @ 9am, Midday, 3pm

More details to follow

Are you up tp the challenge?

What's Happening in APRIL

Schools of the Future

NEXT WEEK'S (ZOOM) Coffee Morning 30 April: Open Forum on Distance Learning

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Guidelines for Accessing the Library

Accessing the Library Guidelines April 13th to May 1st 2020

Distance Learning website

The KIS Distance Learning website is the place to find:

  • Class timetable
  • Specialist subject information
  • Links and recordings for Parent Coffee Mornings
  • Atsumari and Challenge day recordings and links

The Coronavirus explained for the younger years:


Travel Restrictions

Distance Learning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Click on the page to view the full version

FAQs Distance Learning

Preventative measures to stay healthy

Exciting news from the Yearbook Committee! This year you can pre-order your 2019-20 Yearbook from the school website.

Don't miss out on the memories of this year:

- Meet The Teachers

- Halloween

- Winter Concert

- Distance Learning (a special addition!)

- Plus much more!!!

Shipping options will be available both domestically and international.

Yearbook 2019-20

Grade 9 in 2020-21

KIS recently announced, on social media, the re-introduction of Grade 9 to the school. It gives the school great pleasure in confirming Grade 9 will be offered in 2020-21 academic year.

This has been made possible through the availability of experienced high school teachers, as of next academic year.

So please, get the word around that KIS is an Early Years to Grade 9 school!!!

Families And Books (FAB) time

FAB will return Thursday 7 May

Enjoy FAB time with your children:

  • choose books with them
  • borrow up to two books
  • take some time to read together

Day: every Thursday

Venue: KIS Library

Time: 3:00 to 4:00

Requirement: Every Child has to be accompanied by a parent.

Book borrowing: Students can borrow up to two books at a time

Weather Warnings - Update


Adjustments to the school day may be necessary in the case of inclement weather or other situations which may endanger the students and faculty. In general, KIS is guided by warnings issued from the Japan Meteorological Agency.

In specific circumstances KIS applies the following guidelines:

Heat Stress Index- KIS is guided by the Ministry of Environment Heat Illness prevention guides Heat Illness Prevention Guides. KIS applies the guides for temperatures in Kyoto Prefecture found at Heat Stress Index (Kyoto) This may result in a change of normal activities and routines for school that day.

Hazardous Wind Watch- KIS is guided by the Japan Meteorological Agency. KIS is guided by the warnings for Kyoto Prefecture found at Hazardous Wind Watch Kyoto. This may result in a change of normal activities and routines for school that day.

Thunderstorms- KIS is guided by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

KIS is guided by the warnings for Kyoto Prefecture found at Weather Warnings/Advisories (Thunderstorms) : Kyoto-shi If a warning is then outdoor activity must be suspended and students and staff must take shelter.

Upcoming Events


  • April 23rd: 10am - Parent Coffee Morning (Assessment)
  • April 29th: 10am - Parent Coffee Morning (Parent sharing session)