CONTENTS
    
I Foreigners entering schools in Japan
  1. Elementary School and Junior High School
  2. High School and University
  3. Foreign students entering Japanese schools

 II The Grade and thc Class 
  1. Grade
  2. Class and Homeroom teacher
  3. Students with Special Needs

 III  The procedure of Enrolling in Schools
  1. How to Register 2. 1st Grade Enrollment Formalities

   Changing schools
  1. Changing Schools within Sagamihara
  2. Moving outside of Sagamihara city
  3. Moving overseas

   Assistance for Students learning Japanese
  1. Itinerant Japanese Teachers 2. Cooperation Systern
  3. Japanese class at the school

   School Calendar 
  1. School Year 2. School Week
  3. National Holidays and Festival Days 4. Other Holidays

 IV School Events
  1. Entrance Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony
  2. Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  3. School Excursions 4. The Sports Festival 5. Other events

 V School Staff 
  1. Staff at the school 2. PTA (Parents and Teachers Association)

 VI School Life 1
  1. Going to school 2. Absence and Tardiness 3. After school

   School Life 2  
  1. Morning Meetings 2. Recess
  3. Cleaning time 4. Rules of Conduct

    School Lunch   
  1. Lunch 2. Lunch Prep and Clean-up Rotation
  3. School lunch fee collection

  VII School Curriculum 
  1. Academic subjects 2. Moral Education
  3. Extra curricular and Club Activities
  4. Comprehensive studies "Sohgoh"

   School Subjects
  1. Textbooks 2. The timetable 3. Student Evaluation

  VIII School Supplies
  1. School Supplies to be bought outside of school
  2. School Supplies that can be bought through the school
  3. Supplies that are provided by the school free of Charge
  4. Free Distribution

  IX The Payment to the School
  1. Expenses for School Events 2. Other Expenses

  X Parent-Teacher Meetings 
  1. Parent - Teacher Meetings
  (1) Home Visits (2) Classroom Meetings
  (3) Individual Interviews (4)Open Class Days
  2. School Notices

  XI Health Examination 
  1. Homeroom teacher and School Nurse check at school
  2. The School Doctor's Medical Examination
  3. Professional Examinations outside of school

  XII School Health Information 
  1. Minor Injuries and Sickness 2. Major lnjuries and Sickness
  3. Class Closures 4. Allergies 5. Others

  XIII The health management 
  1. When health examination has problematic results
  2. Health lnformation Questionnaire
  3. Heart Health Questionnaire

   XIV Contagious Diseases at school 
  1. Contagious Diseases at School 2. Absence due to lnfectious Illness

  XV Education at home (for Foreign Students) 
  1. Education at Home 2. Illegal activities for minors in Japan
  3. Religion

  XVI Social Education
  1. City Facilities 2. After school care facilities
  3. Children's Association 4. Community Center

I Foreigners entering schools in Japan 
                                                                                              
1. Elementary School and Junior High School
In Japan, children enter Elementary School from the age of 6. Elementary school is
6 years in duration after which students then go to Junior High School, where they
study for 3 more years. It is the obligation of the parent or guardian of a child with
Japanese citizenship to ensure that the child attend both elementary school and
junior high school. Most of the Elelnentary Schools in Sagamihara City are public
schools, therefore there are no entrance examinations.
 There are 76 Elementary schools and 37 Junior High Schools in Sagamihara City.
The school your child enters is decided by your address within the city.
 Children are called "jidoh (the child) " at Elementary School, and "seito (a student)
at Junior High School.
2. High School and university
 A student who has graduated from junior High School may continue on and attend
High School for another 3 years. After high school graduation, the student may
then enter either a 2 year or 4 year university program. However,if a student wishes
to attend University they must take the entrance examination for that University.
3. Foreign students entering Japanese schools
 The guardians of foreign students are not obliged to send the students to attend
Elementary School and Junior High School. When wishing to have a child enter
public school, when the child is of school age, the parents should first consult with
the Sagamihara City Board of Education.
 The treatment of a foreign child in the school is the same as that of the Japanese
children.
 There are no fees for attending classes, and the textbooks are free and will be
provided as required.






 II The grade and the class
 
1. Grade
  At Elementary School and junior high school in Japan, the children of the same
age are placed in the same grade. However, when placing a foreign student in a
grade level, the student may be placed at a lower grade level because of their
inability to understand Japanese.
  Once the grade level has been decided, changing grades or skipping grades is not
usually done until after graduation from Junior High School.
2. Class and Homeroom teacher
  At Elementary schools and Junior High Schools, classroom size has a maximum
of 40 students per class. Almost all lessons are given in the homeroom classroom.
Homeroom Changes every year at almost all Elementary School and Junior High
School.
  There is a homeroom teacher for every class. Because the homeroom teacher is
the guiding force in a students school life, if there are any problems, the student
should first consult with their homeroom teacher.
 3. Students with Special Needs
  Special education is available.
  There is a prefectural school for students with special needs, as well as special
needs class at specific Elementary and Junior High schools throughout the city.
When you wish to register a child for Special Needs Education, please contact the
number below.








III The procedure of Enrolling in Schools
 
1. How to Register
 Parents wishing to register their children should present their proof of Foreign
residency when applying at the student enrollment section of the school board.
Sometimes it is easier to have someone who speaks Japanese with you at this time.
Also if you have a name seal "Hanko",please bring it with you.
 Parents will then discuss with a city officer the grade level that the child will join.
After registration, parents should then go with their child to the school and find out
any special requirements the school may have (school rules, school supplies) from
the principal and the homeroom teacher.
 2. 1st Grade Enrollment Formalities
  If you would like your child to enter school from April, the school board will mail
notification to all families whose children will turn 6 years old. It will be mailed in
October of the preceding year, Please bring this notice to the Enrollment Section.
  Schools have a medical check in November for all new entrants. In February,
there is a meeting with parents about entrance preparations.
  Notification of acceptance to the lst grade (based on health check) will be sent by
the school board around January 22 of the year the child will begin school. Please
keep this notice in a safe place as it will be collected by the school on the first day.
Before school starts, please buy the necessary school supplies for students (e.g.
gym uniform, indoor shoes, notebooks, etc. ).
  The New Entrants Ceremony is usually on April 5th. If April 5th falls on a
Saturday or Sunday, the ceremony will be held on Monday, April 6th or 7th.
 There is a meeting with parents about the Entrance procedures in February.







Changing Schools
   
 1. Changing Schools within Sagamihara
  When your address changes, it may be necessary to transfer schools. When
moving, please inform the homeroom teacher of the last day that the child will be
attending school. The school will issue a proof of attendance certificate on the last
day the child attends that school.
  When you visit the city office to advise them of your change of address ( for
census purposes) , please present the proof of Attendance to the Student
Enrollment section, along with your new address, and a new school will be
determined.
 2. Moving outside of Sagamihara City
  As with moving within the city, a proof of attendance certificate will be issued on
the last day of school. When registering for school in the new city, please present
the certificate to the school board, and they will determine the new school.
 3. Moving overseas
  When moving outside of Japan, please notify your child's homeroom teacher
when you are leaving.

Any questions or concerns can be answered by
Sagamihara City Board of Education Student Enrollment
Section
telephone number (042) 754-1111



Assistance for students learning Japanese
 
1. Itinerant Japanese Teachers
 Because all lessons are taught in Japanese, it is essential for students to learn the
language.
 Sagamihara has an itinerant language program for learning Japanese. These
teachers visit schools throughout the city and are not based at any particular school.
 We encourage students to study harrd and learn through this system.
2. Cooperation System
 When foreigners first come to Japan and hardly speak Japanese, the City can
supply a translator to help the student. Presently there are translators in the city to
aid residents who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian,
Korean and Chinese. It is beneficial in cases when parents wish to discuss
problems or concerns about their child's education.
 PLEASE NOTE: There are no ENGLISH translators.
 If you would like to use this system, please ask your child's homeroom teacher or
Sagamihara Board of Education.
3. International class at the school
 There is International class in Sagamidai Elementary School, because over 10 foreign
students are enrolled in our school. One or Two Japanese teacher(s) teach (es)
Japanese separately.
 Students having I, 2 (I or 2) systems also can learn. It depends on the student how
many times a week and what they want / need to lean .

 

School Calendar
   
1. School Year
 School year in Japan begins in April and ends in March of the following year.
 The year is then divided into three semesters each with breaks in between.

semester
April
 May
 June
 July
 August
1st semester


 Summer vacation (third week in July to August 31st)
September
 October
 November
 December
2nd semester

Winter Break (around December 23rd to January 7)
 January
 February
 March
3rd semester
Spring vacation (last week in March to April 4th)
 
2. School Week
  School is session Monday through Friday each week. Every Saturday and
Sunday are school holidays.
3. National Holidays and Festival Days
April 29th Green Day November 3rd Culture Day
May 3rd Constitution Day November 23rd Labor Day
May 4th National holiday December 23rd Emperor's Birthday
May 5th  Children's Day  January The 1st New Year's Day
Second Monday
of July
Sea Day Second Monday
of January
Coming of Age Day
Second Monday
of September
Respect for
the Aged Day
February 11th Foundation Day
September 23rd Autumnal
Equinox
March 20th or
21st
Vernal Equinox
Second
Monday of
October
  Physical
Activity Day
 
  School is closed on holidays and festival days. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the
following Monday becomes a school holiday. Therefore, school is closed.
 4. Other Holidays
  May lst School's Foundation Day





IV School Events
 
 1. Entrance Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony
  There is an Entrance Ceremony to welcome all first graders at the beginning of
April. Students hear a congratulatory speech from the principal and from their
upper-class student. At the end of the year there is a Graduation Cerernony for 6th
grade students. During this ceremony,congratulatory speeches are given and the
sixth grade class bids farewell to the school. Parents are welcorne to attend the
Entrance Ceremony and the Graduation Ceremony.
 2. Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  On the first day of each semester, an opening ceremony is held. Likewise, on the
last day of the semester, a closing ceremony is held. Each grade students complete
their course on the third semester. The semester is officially concluded with a short
speech given by the prircipal.
 3. School Excursions
  Usually, in the first (or second) semester there is a school excursion. In some
cases, school excursions are overnight. Students travel by train, bus, or on foot,
The purpose for school excursions is for students to learn more about the nature
and culture of Japan Excursions are scheduled as followed.

 1st grade   To Kodomo no Kuni
 2nd grade   To Zoorasia
 3rd grade   To.Enosima
 4th grade   To Miyagase Dam
 5th grade   To Hakone
@and Wakayu or Yamasemi (overnight)
@
 6th grade   To Nikko (two nights)


4 .The Sports Festival
  The Sports Festival take place in autumn. Students, teachers,
and parents participate in various events. Students from Arnn
School at the Sagami Housing Area and people within community are invited to
attend. It is usually on the last Saturday, in September depending on the weather.
  If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the following Monday
becomes a holiday.
  5. Other Events
  There are many events such as class observation, music
appreciation concerts, swimming competition, and skating lessons. When we have
events, we usually inform parents. Please read the letter. Events at each school vary
so please ask for details at your school.


V School Staff
 
 1. School Staff at the school
  All teachers are formally called "Sensei ". The Principal is formally called
''Kohchoh sensei'' and the Vice Principal is formally called "Kyohtoh sensei". The
School Staff also includes the homeroom teachers and the school nurse. Support
staff at the school includes the secretary, the custodian, the school nutritionist, and
the school cooks, All members of the staff cooperate to guide the children in
healthy, happy lives.
 2. PTA (Parents and Teachers Association)
  At most schools in the city, there is a PTA organization.
  The PTA works together with parents and teachers to promote the sound growth
of the students. Every parent with a child enrolled in school may become a member
of the PTA.
 Please make a point of participating in school activities as much as possible. It is
also very important for fellow parents to become familiar with each other through
their children so that they may communicate openly about their children's education.
Any questions or concerns can be answered by
Sagamidai Elementary school and Homeroom teacher
telephone number (042) 744-1439



VI School Life 1
   
 1. Going to school
 Each school plans a route for children to walk to school. It is called "tsuugakuro".
The safest possible route is chosen. Parents are requested to walk this route at
least once with their children. When you do so, please take notice of the traffic
conditions along this route and advise the school if you have any concerns.
  Children walk to school in a group which helps to protect them from traffic
accidents or any other dangers. Children who live near each other meet each
morning and walk together. The meeting place and time varies according to each
group, so children should ask their upper-class students where
to meet each morning. The group is called "tohkoh-han"

 2. Absence and Tardiness
  Parents are encouraged to write a note for the homeroom teacher
and send it to school via a friend who lives nearby if their child will
be late or absent.
  In an emergency, please telephone the school directly.
 3. After School
  After school, depending on their age, students are encouraged to return home
with friends on the school route so they can take care of each other.



 School Life 2
                                                                                            
1. Morning Meetings
 Once a week, usually every Monday, the students gather for a school assembly.
 The principal and the teachers advise the children of upcoming events and other
information necessary for school life. Sometimes, the Monday morning meeting
includes congratulations to students who have made special achievements in the
past weeks.
 2. Recess
  There are some recesses between each lesson. (for 5, 20 and 25 minutes) At these
time,children may move freely but leaving the school grounds is not permitted.
Snacks are not allowed during recess time. Should there be a special occasion
when children need to bring a snack, the parents will be notified in advance.
 3. Cleaning time
 At schools in Japan, students tidy their classroom to help them learn to work
together in all aspects of their daily lives. Each classroom, the corridors,stairwells
and school grounds are cleaned by classroom groups which are determined by a
rotation system. ("Souji-touban")
  Therefore, the homeroom teacher will collect 1 or 2 dustcloths from each student
at the beginning of the semester. The teacher will then distribute the dustcloths to
the children when needed.
 4. Rules or Conduct
  In order to promote a safe and healthy environment for all the students, the
children make a promise in their class to fallow a "Kimari", or a rule of class
conduct. Students should refrain from wearing personal ormaments, such as
jewelry or earrings. Also, dyed hair or outrageous hairstyles are unacceptable.

 

school lunch
                                                                                             
 1. Lunch
  Usually, at Elementary school, students receive a prepared lunch,
 On days when students have field trips or on the day of the Sports Festival, there
is no lunch provided. Then you,ll receive an information from the school. If there
are any foods that your chld cannot eat due to allergies or religious beliefs, please
notify the homerbom teacher and a special menu can be adopted for the child.
2. Lunch Prep and Clean-up Rotation
  Children do school lunch preparation and clean up according to a rotation
schedule. Students change into their lunch prep coat (cap and mask) when serving
lunch. Parents must purchase the lunch prep coat for children to bring to school.
At the end of the rotation, the coat should be brought home and washed.
3. School lunch fee collection
  The PTA collects the fee for school lunch, usually about mid-month. The fee is
\4000. Please try to have the fee in by the due date and advise your child to submit
to the PTA who collects the payment as soon as they get to school.




VII School Curriculum
                                                                                             
1. Academic Subjects
 9 subjects are studied at the elementary level. Japanese, arithmetic, music, a
drawing and manual art and P.E. Social Studies and Science begins in the 3rd
grade.
 Home economics is studied in 5th and 6th grades.

Subject
Grade
Japanese
Social
Studies
Math
Science
Music
P.E.
Drawing
Art
Life 
Skills
Home
Ec.
 English
1st
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
 no
2nd
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
 no
3rd
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
 no
4th
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
 no
5th
yse
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
 yes
6th
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
 yes

2. Moral Education(Compulsory)
 Moral Education is time to nourish the heart, to live better as a human being, and
give life guidance.
3. Extra curricular and Club Activities
 There are special activities in addition to academic subjects and Moral Education.
 They include: class activities, child meeting activities, various school committees,
club activities, school events and so on. Membership to school committees is for
5th and 6th graders. Club activities are for students in the 4 grade and over. These
activities help to promote discussion and co-operation among students and
therefore serve to enrich their school life. lt also helps students to grow and mature.
4. Comprehensive studies -"Sohgoh"
 This is a special activity for getting the power of living. Students find some
problems in their life and solve them. However they use the knowledge and skills,
they try to learn through researching and interviewing.



School System
                                                                                             
1. Textbooks
 Textbooks are handed down from one grade to the next Sometimes it wll be
necessary to purchase additional books or material. Parents or guardians are
responsible for those expenses
2. The Timetable
 Each period is 45 minutes in length. There are anywhere from 4 to 6 periods each
day. Each class has a weekly study plan. lt is called the "Jikan wari". Students
prepare the textbooks, notebooks, pencil-case and supplies according to the "Jikan
wari"
3. Student Evaluation
 Academic achievement and school participation are recorded on an "Ayumi".
Students are given this report to bring home at the end of each semester. Please
praise your child for their achievements as well as encourage them to improve their
weak areas.

Any questions or concerns can be answered by
Sagamidai Elementary school and Homeroom teacher
telephone number (042) 744-1439




VIII School Supplies
                                                                                            
1. School Supplies to be bought outside of school
School bag, pencil case, celluloid sheet, pencils, erasers, pencil crayons, glue,
scissors, 1 notebook for each subject, painting set, Japanese calligraphy set,
indoor shoes, gym uniform and hat, swimming uniform and cap, lunch preparation
uniform, desk box. Please find out from your school what the required gym
uniform looks like before purchasing.
2. School Supplies that can be bought through the school
 Art Supplies, Science kits, etc. These items will usually be purchased by the
teacher who will then collect payment from the students, or teachers will send
home a letter detailimg what is needed and the cost of each item.
3. Supplies that are provided by the school free of charge
 Textbooks and sub-textbooks are provided. These include gym texts, Social
Studies texts, Sagamihara and Kanagawa specific texts
4. Free Distribution
 Textbooks and additional books.


IX The payment to the school
                                                                                              
1. Expenses for School Events
 Thls is for school excursions, music concerts and other activities. Students will
receive a letter from the school outlining the costs. Please return the fees by the
date stated on the letter.
2. 0ther Expenses
 School lunch fee is 4000 yen per month.
 The PTA charges 250 yen per family, per month. lt is collected each semester.
 There is also a yearbook and memory book for the 6th grade students. Like the
expenses for school events, the fee collection arrangements may differ by grade
and class


X Parent-Teacher Meetings
                                                                                             
1. Parent-Teacher Meetings
  Parents will have an opportunity to speak with their child's teacher on 4
occasions. Parents are advised through our annual plan and school grade news
when these meeting days are.
(1) Home visits - May
 Your child's homeroom teacher will arrange a convenient time to visit your home.
This usually happens in May.
(2) Classroom Meetings - Several times
 Parents are invited to visit the school to meet with the homeroom teacher. This is
not a one-on-one meeting, it is for all parents to attend and hear the homeroom
teachers objectives for the class.
(3) The lndividual Interviews - November
 This is an individual meeting for parents and teachers, one-on-one,
Please call the school if you wish to arrange a meeting with the homeroom teacher.
(lf parents have any special concems that may be diffcult to express in either
Japanese or English,it is beneficial to obtain an interpreter for the meeting.)
(4)Open Class Days
This happens several times throughout the year.
Parents are invited to watch their child's lessons and see what they are studying,
how they are doing, and to observe life at a Japanese school.
lf you wish to speak to the homeroom teacher on this day, please arrange to do so
in advance. lf you have any problems, please consult the teacher directly.
2. School Notices
 Students will receive many letters about the happenings in the school.
 For example: school news, grade news, class news, PTA news, school lunch
news, health news
  and so on.
 The informaion in these letters is very valuable, so we urge parents to read them,
 New studcnts receive a "Students lnformation Card". Parents should fill it out and
return it to the homeroom teacher. lf you have difficulty understanding this card,
please ask the homeroom teacher, a neighbor, or a Japanese friend.



XI School Health Examination
                                                                                             
Once a year, students have a health examination which includes the following
things. Parents will be advised of the health check dates and times well in advance
of the actual day of the examination
1. Homeroom teacher and School Nurse will check at school:
  Height Weight Torso height
  Eyesight Hearing
2. The School Doctor's MedicaI Examination
Annual Physical Examination Heart and lungs are checked. Also skin, nutrition
and posture are examined.
Ophthalmological Check Eyes are examined.
Ear/Nose/Throat Examination Ears,nose and throat are checked for infection.
Dental Check Check for tooth decay and teeth alignment.

3. ProfessionaI Examinations outside of school
 Tuberculosis
 You will receive a Tuberculosis Questionnaire. Depending on the result, your
child might need to take Tuberculosis examination or X-rays,
 Urine Analysis
 Protein and sugar levels are checkcd as well as blood in urine.
 Pinworm Examination
 Examination for intestinal parasites.
electrocardiogram (ECG)





XII School Health lnfomlation
                                                                                             
When lnjured and or Sick
1. Minor lnjuries and Sickness
 lf a child has a minor injury or is sick the homeroom teacher or the school nurse
will call the parents and may request that the child be picked up from school. After
that, parents can have the child examined at a clinic or hospital.

2. Major lnjuries or Sickness
 lf a child is seriously injured or sick, the school nurse will call the parents at home
or the office to inform them that the child needs to be taken to emergency care. lf
the parent cannot be reached when the child is in serious condition, the school staff
will take the child to the nearest hospital or clinic. ln extreme cases, an ambulance
may be called to transport the child to the hospital.
 Please be advised that undergoing an examination at a hospital in Japan can be
quite expensive because foreigners usually do not have Japanese Health insurance
cards.
3. Class Closures
 ln Japan, lnfluenza is common during the winter months. Sometimes, a class may
be closed down when there are many children who are absent due to suffering
from inflenza to prevent any further spread. The principal consults with the school
doctor and decides which classes should be closed. lf a class is closed due to
influenza, even students who are not suffering from the flu do not attend school.
Class closures usually last for about 4 days.
4. AIlergies
 lf your child has allergies to any foods, medicines,animals,etc. please inform the
homeroom teacher and the school nurse of the allergies and the symptoms which
accompany an allergic reaction.

5. Others
* Medicine is not kept in the nurses office at school. Therefore,children cannot be
given medicine.
*lf your child suffers from any chronic illness, please inform the homeroom teacher
and the school nurse.



XIII Health Management
                                                                                             
1. When health examination has problematic results
 lf there are problems with results from the health examination, it is important to see
your family doctor as quickly as possible. When there is a need for a second
examination, especially in the case of heart diseases, kidney diseases, obesity,and
tuberculosis, Sagamihara City will pay for the cost of further testing provided that
the examination is conducted by a doctor within Sagamihara(or Zama). For further
details, please ask the homeroom teacher or the school nurse.
2. Health lnformation Questionnaire
 Every year in April, parents are requested to complete a health information
questionnaire and return it to the homeroom teacher. This information is used as a
reference throughout the year to monitor the child's health. We appreciate your
cooperation in completing the Health Information Questionnaire.(Student Info P.26-
29 reference)
3. Heart Health Questionnaire
 Every year in April, parents are requested to complete a heart health questionnaire
for lst grade students and transfer students and return it to the homeroom teacher.
We appreciate your
cooperation in completing the Heart Health Questionnaire. (Student lnfo P.30~3 1 reference)


XIV Contagious Diseases at School
                                                                                             
1. Contagious Diseases at Schoo1
 Because contagious diseases are prevalent at school they need serious attention.

Disease

The lst
  kind
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever,
Pest(Plague),Marburg Disease, Lassa Fever, SARS,Cholera,
Bacillary dysentery(Shigellosis),Diphtheria,Typhoid fever,
Paratyphoid,Diphtheria,Smallpox, polio,bird flu,

The 2nd
  kind
lnfluenza,Perutussis(Whooping cough),Rubella(German measles),
Measles(Morbilli,Rubeola),Epidemic Parotitis(Mumps),pharyngytis
Varicella(Chickenpox),Pharyngoconjunctival fever, Tuberculosis

The 3rd
 kind
Enterohemorrhagic Eserichia coli, Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis,
Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis) Other infections diseases

2. Absence due to lnfectious lllness (Student info P.46 reference)
 lf your child is suffering from an infectious illness, please telephone the homeroom
teacher.
 Please request a note from your doctor outlining the length of time that the child
will be absent from school. Upon recovery, please get a doctor's certificate to
prove that the child is in good health and present it to the school when the child
returns.




 XV Education at home(for Foreign Students)
                                                                                             
1. Education at home
 As chiidren grow,home education and school education are important, like both
wheels of a bicycle !
 As for home education, parents have responsibility to be concerned about their
child's education, including Japanese language study. Please speak to your children
about their school life and if they have any problems or concerns, please give them
sound advice.
 Sometimes children receive homework. Homework is important, so please help
your children when you are able to.
2. Illegal activities for minors in Japan
lt is illegal for children to smoke or drink alcohol before the age of 20
Also, children are not allowed to drive a car or a motorcycle until the age of 18. It
is illegal for children to work before the age of 15.
3. Religion
 it is the parents responsibility to teach religion at home, as it is not taught at
schools in Japan.
 The fostering of religious faith is entrusted to parents as part of a child's education
at home.


XVI Social Education
                                                                                             
1. City Facilities
 Sagamihara city has 2 centers for social education
  Kodomo Center in Sagamidai   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  Jidohkan(Children's Centre)   1 p.m. - 5p.m. (school days)
  9 p.m. - 5p.m. (other days)
2. After school care facilities
 There are facilities to care for students from 1st to 3rd grades after school when
parents are busy or at work. At these centers, children play games, do crafts and
sing songs. lf you require this service, please ask your homeroom teacher.
  (Students Club at the Children's Center)
 You need to pay.
3. Children's Association  
 This organization is run by the PTA at a school. lt promotes communication and
friendship amongst students, lf you are interested in this club, please ask parents of
students who attend this activity for details.While there is a Children's Association
at Sagamidai, there may not be one at all the elementary schools in Sagamihara.
4. Community Center
 Sagamihara City has 22 Community centers to promote communication and
learning through cultural activities, sports and recreation activities. Everyone can
use the community center, from young children to the elderly.



 
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