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KCG Group's response to the prevention of new coronavirus infections

In addition to the three prefectures in the Tokyo metropolitan area, on January 13, 2021, the government reissued the emergency declaration based on the Law Concerning Special Measures against Influenza Pandemic to seven prefectures including Kyoto Prefecture.In response to the announcement, KCG Group, which consists of Kyoto Institute of Information, Kyoto Computer Gakuin, and Kyoto College of Automotive Engineering, will take more thorough measures to prevent students and faculty members from contracting the disease.As of January 31, 2020, the KCG Group established a task force to deal with the new coronavirus and is working to prevent infection.

As an emergency measure to cope with the new coronavirus infection, we have moved our school operations, including classes, to cyberspace since March 2020.For the spring semester of the 2020 academic year, Kyoto Institute of Information and Kyoto College of Computer Science will conduct classes in the form of e-learning (a system that allows students to take classes from home via the Internet) from the start of classes in April, and from June 16 (Tuesday) onwards, face-to-face classes will be conducted for some subjects after taking sufficient countermeasures.In the fall semester of the 2020 academic year, we will continue to offer classes in the e-learning format, and we will also gradually introduce hybrid classes that can be taken both face-to-face and online, in order to meet the needs of students who prefer to take classes face-to-face.In order to ensure that students have opportunities to study and work on their assignments, practical equipment can be used by appointment, and equipment can be lent out.We also have a system in place to respond to individual questions and interviews, either "online" or "in person" upon request, so that students can resolve any concerns about their studies.The above measures are implemented by limiting the number of students entering the school building and the number of students in the classrooms, ensuring that students are kept at a sufficient distance from each other, and taking sufficient measures to prevent infection, such as thorough disinfection of the building, installation of partitions in some lounges, installation of thermal cameras at the entrance to the school building, wearing of masks, and thorough disinfection of hands when entering the building.Kyoto College of Automotive Technology has been using e-learning until the end of May, but since many of the classes involve practical training, face-to-face classes have been held since the beginning of June, with sufficient infection prevention measures in place so as not to interfere with students' progress in acquiring skills.

All students are strongly urged to avoid situations where the "three densities" of hermetic, dense, and close overlap.In particular, we remind them to refrain from eating together in large groups.Students are informed of information on infection prevention and the counseling desk in case of illness, and are encouraged to contact the school office by e-mail or other means if they have any concerns.Various student guidance and events, such as job guidance, will be conducted both online and face-to-face, utilizing cyberspace to maintain services for students.Telework by faculty and staff will continue to the extent possible, and we are making every effort to prevent infection.

The duration of this measure will be determined by closely monitoring the infection situation, government announcements, and other trends.In addition, the details of the measures may be changed depending on the circumstances.

We ask that you refrain from coming to the school as much as possible, and even if a meeting is necessary, it will be handled online in principle.If you plan to visit the school, please contact us in advance by e-mail or other means.Please note that we may suspend some of our services and shorten the service hours.

National efforts are continuing to be made to prevent infection.We, the KCG Group, will continue to make the utmost efforts to prevent infection.

(Updated Jan. 13)