May 29th 2020

Welcome back to school

Well, its official KIS has reentered the campus. Great to see the students in the classrooms, hallways and field. A school exists for its students and the students at KIS are as special as the community.

Thank you Emi Doyle

After many year being a part of the school PTA (before it was even a PTA!) Emi Doyle has stepped aside as President effective immediately. A prolific advocate for service learning within the Kansai region the school has grown through her stewardship.

On behalf of the KIS community, I wish Emi a prosperous and successful continuation of the work she does as a true Global Citizen.


Week Monday 1 June- Friday 5 June

Re Entry continues to go smoothly. As a community we need to continue our vigilance by applying the guidelines. Maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks, avoiding crowded spaces.

Thank you everyone for your support, flexibility and resilience during these times.

Everything you need to know about Re Entry

Posted Guidelines (subject to change):

Map for Entry and Dismissal

KIS Re-entry Parent Guide

Summer Camp Registration

(Current KIS student)

*TIME* 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

*AGE* EL1 ~ Gr.6

*Minimum 2 weeks participation required*

  • First week: June 29 - July 3
  • Second week: July 6 - 10
  • Third week: July 13 - 17


Tuition has been discounted for currently enrolled KIS students. This decision was made to support families during these challenging times and give more face-to-face time.

  • (¥70,000) ¥20,000 for 2 weeks
  • (¥100,000) ¥30,000 for 3 weeks

No Lesson or Clubs for Term Three (3)

Due to the current environment with reducing activities, KIS will NOT offer Clubs and Lessons for the remainder of the school year. For parents with students who had aleady signed up for March the organisation is as follows:

- parents leaving KIS will be refunded March cancellation Lesson fees

- parents returning will be credited next years fees for Lessons.

We look forward to offering Extracurricular Activities (ECAs) when school resumes in August, 2020.

Please contact if you have any questions.

School Satisfaction Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the satisfaction survey

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.

Blended Learning Update

Expert guidance

As a member of the Japanese Council of International Schools (JCIS), KIS is fortunate to have access to resources within this network. Dr Thomas N Lomax (BSc MBBS MRCGP DRCOG) is now providing expert updates for our school. This is another source of verified information the school uses to navigate and work towards informed decision making for the future of Teaching and Learning.

Some G2 Innovation

This week G2 through their unit on 'How we express ourselves' explored creativity and 3D video. Very impressive and you can see their work at:

Blended Learning

Preparation for full time days

Included in this weeks update on Blended Learning is a complete daily Timetable for when KIS returns to full time school. Whilst we cannot be definitive on a date, the school is aiming for a minimum of two full weeks to finish out this academic year.

For the Early Learning this will mean trialling next years model of EL students starting at 0830 and finishing at 1430. This is in response to feedback that the two 30 minute differences (current model of 9am-3pm) at the beginning and end of the day were more disruptive for families.

Next Weeks Blended Learning Schedule

1 June - 5 June

Monday - Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Tuesday - Blended Learning; Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Wednesday - Blended Learning; Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Thursday - Blended Learning; Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Friday - Blended Learning Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Timetable for the returning to full school days:

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.

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!!!

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.

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.