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So I come to school today and find it deserted. Only 3 students arrived out of a total of 500 and something. All the teachers are at an emergency meeting to discuss their present plan of action. Poor Japan. One the one hand I can understand why Japanese people are so cautious when it comes to epidemics, especially in a country that has such a dense population. Every day I came to work, teachers ran up to me to inform me of where the swine flu had hit last. It appears that today there were some cases in Kyoto, so parents kept their kids at home (at least in my school).

There goes Judo class... darn. (I had been allowed to attend a Judo class with my first year students today. I hope they don`t cancel the Judo classes entirely, I was really looking forward to learning a new budo. Budo = Martial Art).

I hope exams won`t be cancelled next week, it would definitely wreak havoc on the already busy and complicated school schedule. There is a good chance however that starting Monday everyone will be required to wear masks as a precaution. Ughh.. No, I don`t like wearing masks when I`m not sick. Oh well. When in Rome...

To all my friends: how are they treating the pig flu in your countries / prefectures / schools?

I`ll keep you guys posted if anything happens.

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Date: 2009-05-22 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-damaskena.livejournal.com
That's . . . kind of hilarious. No attendance issues at my school; seems like most everyone was there, as usual. No one's even mentioned the possibility of closing down. It's a good thing if you ask me; we have exams next week.

I guess it's better safe than sorry, but I really think people are overreacting and panicking at this point. There has been one case in Kyoto, and they're closing down schools? Granted I'm worried that this flu targets high schoolers for some reason, but no one's died yet. I can understand basic precautions, but this just seems unreasonable.

The only noticeable changes in my school is that the teachers did some kind of student health survey the other day, and today all the bathrooms had little bottles of disinfectant.

Exams moved...lol

Date: 2009-05-24 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everlaughter.livejournal.com
And so the exams have been canceled for next week. Students get to stay home for a week, then they have have two make-up classes on Thursday and Friday, and as for exams, they'll write them the following week. I feel like laughing and shaking my head... My school is very paranoid; more paranoid than me. Which is kind of shocking really.

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