4月の臨時休業について/We are taking a break during April

English follows below

ホワイトローズの生徒の皆さんへ、

いつも大変お世話になっております。今日は、このホワイトローズ英語教室に関する重要な決定事項について報告し、皆様に説明したいと思います。毎日、コロナウイルスはますます多くの国に影響を及ぼしています。エミレーツなどの大手航空会社は、すべての旅客運航のキャンセルを発表しています。そして、日本では、ついにオリンピックが延期または中止される可能性があることが発表されました。日本国民に「ロックダウン」が課せられる可能性についてテレビで多くの話があります。3月、全学校が閉鎖され時、皆様に少しでもの正常感を持っていただけるように教室を開いたままにしておくことにしました。マスクの着用や手洗いなどのご協力して頂きありがとうございます。机等の消毒をまめにこなして、皆さんがこの教室に通い続けられるように教室側として最善を尽くしたつもりです。お陰様で、この一か月間を皆で無事に乗り越えました。しかし、このスクールと皆様の安全への責任を深く感じましたし、イギリスにいる家族に対する心配によって、私自身の体調が少しずつ崩れてきました。また、日本でのコロノウイルスの広がりが非常に心配であり、長期的な影響に備えて当スクールをできる限り準備したいと思っています。

先日、ラインを通して、これからのことについて皆様の意見を聞かせて頂きました。たくさんの生徒さんからご回答いただきました。ありがとうございます。皆様の意見をすべて真剣に検討しました。オンラインレッスンを試してみたい方がいますし、その一方で通常通り教室でのレッスンを希望する生徒さんもいます。これらの意見や自分の今の気持ちをすべて検討した後、4月に教室を閉鎖するという非常に難しい決定を下しました。4月中に、興味のある人とオンラインレッスンシステムを試用してみます。今週、これらのレッスンに関する詳細な手紙を配布します。ただし、教室が通常どおりに開くまで(5月に願っています)待つことを好む生徒さんの気持ちも十分に理解しています。この決定により、当スクールを退会することを希望する生徒さんもいると思いますが教室側としての約束を守らなかったことを心からお詫び申し上げます。当スクールとその生徒さんにとって何が最善かを考えた後にこの決定を下しました。皆様に大変ご迷惑をおかけしますが、何卒ご理解とご協力をお願い致します。

大鳥ヘレン

2020年3月24日

尚:

● 3月末まで通常通りレッスンがあります。

● オンラインレッスンを試して見たい生徒さん、ご連絡下さい。まずは体験から。。

● 4月中、できる限り、皆さんに英語の動画やワンポイントレッスンを届きたいと思います。

● 休み中、皆様お体に気をつけください。 環境が許されるなら、5月に皆様と一緒に通常通りのレッスンを出来るのは楽しみにしています。

 

Dear Students of White Rose CCC,

I hope that you are all doing well. Today I am writing to you with news and explanation of an important decision that I have had to make with regards to our classroom.

Every day, more and more countries are being affected by the coronavirus. Major airlines, such as Emirates, have announced that they are closing all global passenger operations for the near future. And in Japan, it was finally announced yesterday that there is a strong possibility of the Tokyo Olympics being postponed. On TV, there is much discussion of a ‘lock down’ being imposed on Japanese citizens, possibly in the near future. In March, when national schools closed down, I made the decision to keep our small school open in the hope that it would provide the students with a small sense of normality during a difficult time. Students wore masks during lessons and washed their hands upon arrival and I am grateful for their cooperation. Desks and other parts of the classroom were constantly disinfected and we did our best to ensure that students could continue to safely come to our school. Thanks to everyone’s help and cooperation, we were able to make it safely through this month. This is not a responsibility that I took lightly. At the same time I have been dealing worries about my family over in the UK and unfortunately, these have both  taken their toll on my health. As the risk of the coronvirus spreading even further in Japan grows, I also feel that I need to take the time to prepare my school to deal with this situation in the long term.

Several days ago, I asked my students to submit their opinions about our options for the near future. I am grateful to the many students who sent me a response and I have carefully considered each and every opinion or request. Some students have shown an interest in an online lesson trial, while others would prefer to continue with lessons in the classroom as usual. I have thought long and hard about the wishes of my students, as well as my personal feelings toward the situation as it stands. Sadly, I have had to make the extremely difficult decision to close my school for the month of April. For those interested, I will be setting up some trial online lessons during April. I will be handing out an document to explain this in more detail during our classes this week. I will, however, fully understand the feelings of those students who prefer to wait until our classroom re-opens (I am hoping to be able to do so in May). I also accept that, due to this decision, some students will choose to leave our school and I can only apologize that we were unable to offer our usual service as promised.

I believe that we have made the decision that is best for both this school and its students and can only apologize for the inconvenience that it will cause.

Helen Otori

March 24th 2020

Please note:

● Classes will be running as usual up to the end of March

● If you are interested in taking part in our online lesson trial, please let me know.

● During April, while the school is closed, I hope to provide students with links to one-point lessons or other related materials.

● While we are taking a break, please take great care of yourself. If circumstances allow, I look forward to seeing you all again as usual in May.

 

Published by Helen Otori

Culture and Communication Consultant Owner-Operator of White Rose C.C.C, English Language School in Kishiwada, Japan

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