May 15th 2020

Re entry to KIS moved to Monday 1 June

On 6 May the Japanese Government announced and extension of the state of emergency. KIS contacted the Board of Education for Kyoto Prefecture and were informed that Kyoto Public Schools will remain closed until 31 May. This necessitated an extension of Distance Learning for KIS until Friday 29 May.

The school will resume face to face lessons on Monday 1 June.

The model of Re Entry to KIS has been planned for the reentry of students into the school in a safe and healthy manner. KIS will apply guidelines from the Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) for the safe re entry of students into schools. The school will release details closer to the date.

Once again, as a community our sole focus is the health and safety of your child and everyone in the community. The school continues to investigate ways to support the community in these challenging times.

School Satisfaction Survey

As part of our on going commitment to the community the Executive Board sends out the School Satisfaction Survey. This is an important tool in giving every family a voice in our school. It is also part of ongoing accreditation process for both the IBO and WASC.

Deadline to complete the survey Monday 25 May.

Tuition and Fess 2020-21

Dear KIS Community,

KIS has taken into account the current challenges surrounding the school year and the next academic year. In consideration of the many physical, social and financial challenges that are being faced by our community members at this time, there has been a number of allowances including:

  • No raising of tuition for next academic year (except an adjustment for Early Years One)
  • Multiple tuition payment options to assist parents

The school will continue to explore ways in which it can further support the KIS community as soon as final enrollment numbers for the academic year can be confirmed.

Thank you again for your continued support, patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Tuition Payment Plans

Payment Plans: Three payment options are available (some restrictions apply). Families should include their preferred payment arrangements on this form before June 12, 2020.

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition 2020

This year’s PYP Exhibition has been focused on taking action towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We started in February, but have since adapted our action to reflect the current learning climate as well as our transdisciplinary theme of Where we are in place and time.

As such, the goal of this virtual Exhibition is to educate all of us in the hope that we can each make small changes that will together make a big difference.

Click the link to view the presentations. The students would really appreciate to hear your feedback so please comment.

Congratulations to all our G5 students and to Ms Candice.

Distance Learning Update

As of Thursday 14 May the Japanese Government lifted the State Of Emergency in a number of prefectures. Kyoto was not identified as a prefecture that would exit the State Of Emergency. Further updates will be communicated by the prefecture on 21 May.

With the extension of Distance Learning to Friday 29 May, KIS has planned a program to not only support Teaching and Learning but also every child's well being.

Why Not Wednesdays

The first Why Not Wednesday has proven that students (and staff!) can work on projects that predominantly do not require technology. Research reinforces the need for a balance between online activities and 'hands on' activities for all students. This also aligns with the International Baccalaureate's Learner Profile for students to lead a balanced life. Some staff worked at KIS on beautifying the campus.

KIS Festival Challenge Day

Sunday 31 May would have been the wonderful KIS Festival. Current circumstance do not allow us to hold our wonderful festival. In honour of the event we are have a special challenge day event on Friday 29 May - The KIS Festival Challenge Day

In the tradition of Challenge Day and May Day Challenge Mr Boyd and Mr Taylor will set House Challenges for the whole family to compete in over the course of the day. You can expect a KIS 'flavour' about the event.

Schedule 18 May - 29 May

18 May - 22 May

Monday - Distance Learning;

Tuesday - Distance Learning;

Wednesday - Why Not Wednesday;

Thursday - Distance Learning;

Friday - Distance Learning/ Atsumari

25 May - 29 May

Monday - Distance Learning;

Tuesday - Distance Learning;

Wednesday - Distance Learning;

Thursday - Distance Learning;

Friday - KIS Festival Challenge Day

¥100 000 one-time 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:

The online application for (You will need your My Number card to register)

What has been happening in Class

A quick glance at whats happening across classrooms in the last week:

G1 Virtual excursion to Met Kids

G5 25 Fascinating Wonders of the World You Can Visit From Home

Why Not Wednesday - school working bee

PTA Community Project

Kyoto International School supports local community in Covid-19 fight: Horikawa Hospital Project update

KIS community members,

Thank you for your generous support of this community project.

We are pleased to inform you that your PTA handed over more than 600 gowns with messages of support to Horikawa Hospital on May 8th. Horikawa Hospital has received more than 10,000 gowns from all over Japan to date. Though KIS’s involvement in this project is over, you can still support Horikawa Hospital by delivering gowns and masks yourselves directly.

Thank you for your support and stay safe!


Visa Consultation and Legal Advice for Foreign Residents

Twice a month professionals are available to help you to find a solution to your Visa or Legal problems, free of charge.

Interpreters will be available on request.

Telephone* 075-752-3511

Yearbook 2019-20

Samples Pages

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

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

- Meet The Teachers

- Halloween

- Distance Learning (a special addition!)

- Plus much more!!!

Shipping options will be available both domestically and international.

Guidelines for Accessing the Library

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

Distance Learning website & FAQ

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQs Distance Learning

Q: What are the measures being taken?

A: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has imposed an entry ban on foreign travelers who have recently traveled to high-risk countries and suspended visas issued to the majority of the world, stopping almost all travel into Japan.

Q: What countries are covered by the entry ban?

A: A total of 87 countries across six continents. They include China, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and all of Europe.

Q: Who is being refused entry and who is still allowed in?

A: In principle, the entry ban applies to all foreign nationals. Even if you are a permanent resident of Japan, if you have been to any of the blacklisted countries within two weeks of arriving in Japan, you will be turned away.

There are some exceptions. The government recognizes "special exceptional circumstances" that warrant allowing foreign nationals into Japan despite the entry ban. The most common examples are diplomats and aircrew that are only in the country between flights.

Under specific conditions, this also applies to permanent residents, spouses or children of a Japanese national, spouses or children of a permanent resident, and long-term residents. Those that departed Japan by April 2 will be able to re-enter despite traveling to any of the 73 countries added to the blacklist by April 3. Likewise, those that departed by April 28 will be allowed back in despite going to any of the 14 countries added to the blacklist on April 29.

Japanese nationals and special permanent residents -- a status held by about 32,000 ethnic Koreans whose families gave up Japanese citizenship but remained in the country after World War II -- are exempt from the entry ban.

All arrivals, regardless of nationality, are required to be tested for the coronavirus and self-isolate for two weeks.

Q: Why treat Japanese and foreign nationals differently?

A: The entry ban has drawn criticism particularly from Japan's expatriate community, as it prevents them from traveling home even to address urgent business. An official at the Immigration Services Agency said that "first and foremost, the objective is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus" and that allowing too many exceptions to the rule would render it pointless. The official stressed that it was a temporary measure and asked for patience.

Q: How long will the entry ban remain in place?

A: The government says it will be in place "for the time being," essentially meaning however long it takes for the situation to improve. That could take weeks or months, and the measure looks unlikely to be lifted while the nationwide state of emergency is in effect.

Q: What about visa suspensions?

A: Along with the entry ban, the government has suspended visas issued to foreign nationals across more than 170 countries. This is not based on the nationality of the person or where they have traveled to, only where the embassy or consulate that issued the visa is located.

Visa waiver programs between Japan and other countries for visits of up to 90 days in length have also been suspended. Both of these measures were initially in place until the end of April but have been extended to the end of May.

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 in 2020-21

Enjoy FAB time with your children:

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

Day: TBA

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.