No plans to shutter DODEA schools in Japan, Pacific East superintendent says

Students and families from Joan K. Mendel Elementary School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, walk home after classes on Feb. 28, 2020. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
Students and families from Joan K. Mendel Elementary School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, walk home after classes on Feb. 28, 2020. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

No plans to shutter DODEA schools in Japan, Pacific East superintendent says

by No plans to shutter DODEA schools in Japan, Pacific East superintendent says
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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Students at Defense Department schools in Japan continue to attend classes in person despite widespread closures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The Department of Defense Education Activity on Wednesday shut down its U.S. schools, including those on Guam. DODEA schools in South Korea have been closed since Feb. 26.

Japanese public schools have had their doors closed for weeks since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 28 asked them to close to curb the coronavirus’ spread, according to a March 10 report by Jiji Press.

However, while DODEA has plans in place in case it decides to close schools on U.S. bases in Japan, it was not planning to imminently do so, DODEA Pacific East Superintendent Judy Allen said during a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday on Facebook Live.

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