Happy 2022! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing New Year's vacation with your family. My family enjoyed going to see the lights at Vogel Park, making stuff with Legos and iron beads, playing board games, and eating too much!
While it's sad to say goodbye to the holiday season, it'll be nice to focus on study and enjoying the process of learning English.
Unfortunately, it looks like Omicron has come to Japan. It appears this version of Covid may be much more contagious and spread more quickly than other forms of Covid. So, we may see many more Covid cases coming to Shimane (asking myself, "When will this end?!?!). However, I've heard reports that symptoms tend to be less severe, so that's good news. I keep wondering if Covid will eventually just become normal, like a seasonal flu. Anyway, we plan to continue to implement the same safety measures in 2022: wearing masks, using separate pencils in each class, cleaning hands, and cleaning tables.
This time of year, we often have more absences with students getting sick, so be sure to take care of your health so you can come to class. This is the time of year to study and get ahead, and prepare for new classes and next steps that come in April.
We're looking forward to seeing you in class starting January 7th! See you soon!