It is our pleasure to share with you that the Vancouver Japanese Language School intends to re-open its classrooms for in-person learning in September 2021.

We have heard from many of our parents and students that they are eager to see one another and to be able to take part in in-person activities, and we are taking all of the precautions necessary to do so. With the recently announced BC Reopening Plan, we are confident that this can now be done safely. All of our classes – Kindergarten, Elementary, Fundamental, Jr. High, Sr. High, and Adult – will be returning with their familiar curriculums from before COVID 19. These will include culture classes for Jr. and Sr. High students and popular electives like Calligraphy classes for all ages. Our weekday evening classes are also continuing to run year-round with the next classes starting this July and September.

We are also planning to resume key events like our Opening Ceremony and Year End Presentations as well as activities around cultural events like Mochitsuki, Setsubun, the Tanabata Festival. Additionally, we know that many enjoyed the meals prepared in our kitchen and we hope to be able to continue to offer them with the support of our volunteers.

As each stage of the BC Reopening Plan is dependent on COVID 19 cases decreasing and vaccinations increasing, there may be changes to the scheduled dates that have been provided. Should there be any delays, VJLS will send regular updates to parents and students to keep them informed of our plans. We have developed several contingency plans that will ensure a smooth start to the school year should delays occur.

Our Health & Safety committee, which includes Children’s World and VJLS staff, are continuing to update our protocols based on the latest information and practices. To protect the safety of our students and their families, we will be ensuring all stairways, desks, and common areas will be sanitized after each class and professionally cleaned each evening. If you have any questions about our procedures, please contact info@vjls-jh.com.

We look forward to welcoming everyone safely in the new school year!