DODEA schools in Japan will stay open, while those in Korea will remain closed another week

A crossing guard stops traffic for students near Joan K. Mendel Elementary School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES)
A crossing guard stops traffic for students near Joan K. Mendel Elementary School at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES)

DODEA schools in Japan will stay open, while those in Korea will remain closed another week

by Dave Ornauer and Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

URUMA, Okinawa — U.S. Defense Department schools in Japan will remain open, even though the nation’s public schools may close in March at the prime minister’s request due to concern of COVID-19 spreading further, school officials said Friday.

Meanwhile, Defense Department schools for service members’ children in South Korea will remain closed through March 6 with further announcements about closures coming that day, said officials with the Department of Defense Education Activity and U.S. Forces Korea on Friday.

“The government of Japan recommended that Japanese public schools close, extending their spring recess through March in light of COVID-19,” DODEA-Pacific chief of staff Todd Schlitz said in a statement. “However, in coordination with U.S. Forces Japan, the decision was made that DODEA-Japan and Okinawa schools will remain open.”

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