-KCG Group's Response to Novel Coronavirus Infections
◇Continue teaching in cyberspace
The declaration of a state of emergency for new coronavirus infections in Kyoto Prefecture and other areas was lifted on September 30, 2021, and the number of new infections has been decreasing since then. However, the global spread of the Omicron strain since late November has raised new concerns.Although the vaccination coverage in Japan is close to 80% and the third dose (booster) vaccination has started in some areas, breakthrough infections that slip through the vaccine have been reported, and the effectiveness of the vaccine against Omicron strains as well as therapeutic agents is a concern.In the midst of the revival and expansion of economic activities, the future of the economy is uncertain, as the entry of foreigners, which was once relaxed, is now prohibited.For this reason, now is an extremely important time to take thorough measures to prevent a rebound and avoid the arrival of the "sixth wave".The KCG Group, consisting of Kyoto Computer Gakuin, Kyoto Institute of Information and Kyoto College of Automotive Engineering, has made a comprehensive assessment of the situation and is continuing to hold classes, lectures and school events in cyberspace during the fall semester, which started in October, with the first priority being to prevent students and faculty from becoming ill and to protect their lives and health.Many people believe that vaccination is still effective against coronaviruses in general, despite changes in the situation, such as the emergence of mutant strains.The KCG Group fully respects individual freedom, but will continue to encourage students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The duration of the measures will be determined by closely monitoring the infection situation and government announcements.In addition, the details of the measures may be changed depending on the circumstances.
To secure opportunities for learning and to relieve students' anxiety
We will continue to conduct school business in cyberspace, but if students request it, we will take all possible measures to support face-to-face communication.If a student wishes to participate in a class remotely, but would like to use the school's facilities outside of the class, the school will respond flexibly to the student's request on an individual basis whenever possible.We continue to ensure that students have opportunities to study and work on their assignments by allowing them to use practical equipment by appointment and lending them equipment.In addition, to alleviate students' anxiety, we are ready to respond to individual questions and interviews "online" or "in person" upon request.These measures include limiting the number of students entering the school building and the number of students in classrooms, ensuring that students are kept at a sufficient distance from each other, thoroughly disinfecting the building, installing partitions in some classrooms and lounges, installing thermal cameras at the entrance to the school building, wearing masks, and thoroughly disinfecting hands when entering the building.Since many of the classes at Kyoto College of Automotive Technology involve practical training, we also conduct face-to-face classes while taking sufficient measures to prevent infection so as not to interfere with students' progress in acquiring skills.
◇Attention to students, maintenance of service
We strongly urge all students to avoid the "three densities" of hermetic, dense, and close.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.
Requests to external parties
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.Many of our faculty and staff telework.
We, the KCG Group, will continue to make the utmost efforts to prevent infection.
KCG Group's Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus
- January 31, 2020
- Establishment of the new coronavirus task force
- March 2020
- Moving classes and other school operations to cyberspace
- April 2020
- In response to the declaration of a state of emergency in Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Institute of Information and Kyoto Computer Gakuin will conduct classes for the spring semester of fiscal 2020 in the form of e-learning (a system that allows students to take courses from home via the Internet) from the start of classes in April.
- On April 16, a nationwide state of emergency was declared, and Kyoto Prefecture was designated as a "designated prefectures on alert.Released on May 21
- October 2020
- In the fall semester of the 2020 academic year, we will continue to offer classes in the e-learning format and also introduce hybrid classes that can be taken both face-to-face and online.Responding to students' requests for face-to-face courses
- The state of emergency was declared in Kyoto Prefecture on January 13, 2021, and lifted on February 28, 2021.
- April 2021
- Due to the rapid increase in the number of new coronavirus infections in the Kansai region, classes for the spring semester of 2021 will be held online in principle.
- Priority measures to prevent the spread of the disease were applied to Kyoto Prefecture on April 12, and the state of emergency was declared on April 25.
- June 2021
- In light of the current situation where mutated strains such as the "delta strain", which is more infectious than the conventional type, are showing signs of an epidemic, the decision was made to continue school operations in cyberspace.
- On June 20, Kyoto Prefecture's declaration of a state of emergency (issued on April 25) was lifted, and the prefecture shifted to priority measures to prevent the spread of the disease on June 21.
- August 2021
- A state of emergency was declared in Kyoto Prefecture from the 20th.The extension will continue after the September 12 deadline.
- October 2021
- As of September 30, the emergency declaration issued for Kyoto Prefecture was lifted.In addition to reaffirming the thoroughness of the Group's infection prevention measures, the decision was made to continue to hold classes and school events in cyberspace during the fall semester, with the first priority being to prevent the spread of disease and protect the lives and health of students and faculty.
(Updated Dec. 7)