Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We greatly appreciate your support of our school and for making VJLS-JH your preferred place to learn Japanese and experience community. Many of you have shared why you choose VJLS-JH and what makes it special. These reasons have included: experiencing Japanese culture through our classes and events, the opportunity to come together as a community, creating relationships and friendships, and the unique space that our building provides as a dedicated school.

As part of our commitment to improving in these areas, and promoting educational excellence and building community, we are making some changes to our fees and policies.

Fee Changes

Bringing our community together is an important part of what we do, and why we have thrived for over 114 years. To ensure as many people as possible have had this opportunity, we have offered discounts that reduced fees to as low as $7.50/hr, provided year books at no extra cost, and chose to keep classes with low enrollment open despite it being unprofitable. Unfortunately, these practices are not sustainable for the long-term and deeply under-value the benefits that we provide to our students. To help reduce expenses for families, we are making Membership Fees optional and will no longer automatically be charged as part of registration.

Although it is a difficult decision, starting in September we are ending our discount program for students. This is a necessary step in both aligning the cost and value of our classes with those of other Japanese Language Schools in BC, and to ensure the long-term health of our organization, staff, and heritage building.

2020-2021
Class (Live Instruction + Worksheets)
2020-2021 Monthly Fee2019-2020 Discounts2020-2021 Discounts
Elementary;
Fundamental A, B;
Fundamental C, D;
Fundamental E;
Junior & Senior High;
Adult A, B, C, D, E, F;
High School A, B
$80/monthOne time:
$80-$120/year

2nd student: $20/year
Discontinued

Updates for Kindergarten and Calligraphy classes will be shared soon.

We will continue to honour the promise that was made in April to offer a 10% discount on next year’s classes to students who did not withdraw from their class and stayed until June.

Benefits of Fee Changes

New Benefits 
Improved technology in the classroomBetter pay for teachers
More community programs in addition to classesBuilding improvements that increase safety
Easier and more transparent registration processMore resources for the library
No membership fees requiredImproving the quality of VJLS programs and activities
Repairs and upgrades to improve building usageAnd much more!

Fees for Online Classes vs. In-person Classes

VJLS-JH teachers are extremely talented professionals who bring their training and local knowledge of the community into both the physical and virtual classroom. Although the methods change how they instruct their classes, both formats require a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work and preparation. Just as for an in-person class, teachers must develop and research lesson plans, follow up with students, and mark assignments for online classes.

It is this behind-the-scenes work, the research and thought that is put into each lesson, which provides such strong value to our students. As the amount of work this requires is equivalent, if not more, than that used for regular classroom lessons, we believe that the value of online courses is equal to that of our offline, in-person classes. Our new fees therefore apply to both online and offline courses equally.

Policy Updates

Starting in September, we will be asking students to provide 8 weeks advanced written notice for withdrawal, unless a valid medical reason is provided. This will make our policies consistent across our programs, bringing our policies with VJLS in line with those currently used for Children’s World and reducing potential confusion.

Additionally, we have updated our cancellation of classes policy to reflect pandemics like COVID 19.

Current PolicyNew Policy (September 2020)
4.3 For courses longer than 10-weeks per session, we require a written notice six (6) weeks prior to time of withdrawal from classes and $20.00 processing fee, except for withdrawal due to valid medical reasons.4.3 For courses longer than 10-weeks per session, we require written notice eight (8) weeks to time of withdrawal from classes and a $20.00 processing fee, except for withdrawal due to valid medical reasons.
6.1 Classes may be cancelled due to adverse weather condition such as extreme snowfall or conditions beyond the control of VJLS.6.1 Classes may be cancelled due to adverse weather condition such as extreme snowfall, pandemics such as COVID 19, or conditions beyond the control of VJLS. No makeup classes are provided.

We value your input and feedback on these updates and encourage you to share your thoughts with us at executivedirector@vjls-jh.com.

Sincerely,

Darius Maze, Executive Director


保護者・生徒の皆様へ

 

VJLS-JH授業料および細則改定のお知らせ

日頃から頂いております皆様のご支援とご協力に大変感謝しております。また、日本語の学び舎とコミュニティとして、VJLS-JHをお選びいただきありがとうございます。多くの方々から、VJLS-JHがなぜ特別な場所なのかのご意見をいただきました。多く頂いた理由として、授業や行事を通じて日本文化を感じられる、コミュニティ一団となって頑張れる、新たな交友関係ができる、そして校舎としての独自の建物があるなどのご意見をいただきます。

これからもこれらの分野を強化し、卓越した教育とコミュニティの育成のために授業料と細則の改定をさせていただきます。

授業料改定について

当団体は、コミュニティとして団結したことによって114年以上の歴史を刻むことができました。できるだけ多くの方々に学んでいただくために、割引制度などを導入し、時間換算では$7.50から授業を行っており、文集を追加費用なしで配布したり、生徒数が少なく採算が合わない授業も継続してきました。しかし、長期的にみるとこのような取り組みは持続できず、また提供する授業の質に合った授業料体制になっていません。

苦渋の決断ではありますが、9月から授業料の割引制度を廃止させていただきます。団体、職員と歴史的校舎の将来長期にわたる持続のためにも、今回の決断が必要になり、BC州のほかの日本語学校と同様な水準とさせていただきます。

2020-2021
Class (Live Instruction + Worksheets)
2020-2021 Monthly Fee2019-2020 Discounts2020-2021 Discounts
Elementary;
Fundamental A, B;
Fundamental C, D;
Fundamental E;
Junior & Senior High;
Adult A, B, C, D, E, F;
High School A, B
$80/monthOne time:
$80-$120/year

2nd student: $20/year
Discontinued

ただし、今年度の6月まで授業を継続して取られている方には、4月にお知らせしたように10%の割引を適用させていただきます。

料金改定の利点について

New Benefits 
Improved technology in the classroomBetter pay for teachers
More community programs in addition to classesBuilding improvements that increase safety
Easier and more transparent registration processMore resources for the library
No membership fees requiredImproving the quality of VJLS programs and activities
Repairs and upgrades to improve building usageAnd much more!

オンライン授業と教室での授業料について

VJLS-JHの教師は訓練を受けており、バーチャル授業であっても実際の教室での授業と変わらない優れたプロ教師として生徒に接していきます。授業を行う媒体が変わっても、授業の準備には変わりなく、見えないところでの多大な作業が伴います。オンライン授業であっても、実際の教室のように毎回の授業計画の作成や準備、生徒のフォローアップや採点などが伴います。

このような舞台裏で行われている作業や教師の努力によって生徒にとって最高な授業を行います。オンライン授業になったからと言って、教師の作業量が減るわけではなく、むしろオンライン化によって作業量が増える部分もあります。また、オンラインでも実際の授業でも同じような質の高い授業を行うため、授業料はオンラインであっても実際の授業であっても同額とさせていただいております。

細則の改定

9月から日本語学校の自主退学届けの提出期限が最終日から8週間前となりました(健康上の理由を除く)。この変更により、書類の提出期限がこどものくにと同じになり、プログラムごとに異なっていた細則をわかりやすくします。

また、休校に関する細則を改定しコロナウイルス感染症の様なパンデミックに関する内容を反映させました。

現在の細則 新たな細則 (2020年09月から)
4.3 For courses longer than 10-weeks per session, we require a written notice six (6) weeks prior to time of withdrawal from classes and $20.00 processing fee, except for withdrawal due to valid medical reasons. 4.3 For courses longer than 10-weeks per session, we require written notice eight (8) weeks to time of withdrawal from classes and a $20.00 processing fee, except for withdrawal due to valid medical reasons.
6.1 Classes may be cancelled due to adverse weather condition such as extreme snowfall or conditions beyond the control of VJLS. 6.1 Classes may be cancelled due to adverse weather condition such as extreme snowfall, pandemics such as COVID 19, or conditions beyond the control of VJLS.

 

今回の改定について皆様のご意見を募集しております。もしお気づきの点がございましたら、executivedirector@vjls-jh.com までご連絡ください。

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