Blue House Okinawa Japanese School Policies
- PAYMENT AND CLASS REGISTRATION:
*OUR MINIMUM CONTRACT IS ONE MONTH*
Students are required to use the Blue House Okinawa website to register for your class every month regardless of method of payment. This guarantees your place in class on a monthly basis. While doing this, you will have the option to pay online via PayPal or choose the Pay Cash On Delivery, which you will pay at Blue House Okinawa via cash or credit card.
All tuition payments for the following month are due on the 20th of the current month regardless of form of payment, or date you registered. There will be a reminder posted on the Facebook Group Page 7 days prior.
Payment after the 20th will incur a late fee as follows:
21st – 25th = 10% late fee
26th – on = 20% late fee
*Tuition fees cover one calendar month regardless of your attendance.
All fees are non-refundable.
- DELAYS / ABSENCES / VACATIONS
*Delays- If you are running late, please send a quick text via Facebook Group Chat, so your teacher knows to expect you.
*Absences – Please let your teacher know ahead of time if you know you are going to miss a class. Contact your teacher via Facebook Group Chat
Vacations – Please notify your teacher via Facebook Group Chat. Remember to register online for the month you return to save your place in class if you choose to continue with Blue House Okinawa.
- CLASS CANCELLATIONS
School Closings will be posted on the Facebook Group Page. (Inclement weather, etc.)
- DAMAGE OR LOSS OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
Damage to or loss of personal property or injury on premises or off-site: We do not assume any responsibility, either real or imposed, for the loss of personal property or injury of any student.
- ACCESS TO ONLINE CLASS MATERIALS:
Quizlet, the Facebook Group and Facebook Group Chat are for tuition paying students.
Access to these are from the first calendar day of the month through the last calendar day of the month.
If your tuition is not paid before the first calendar day of the month, your access ends. Once tuition is paid, it will then be restarted.
*If you are taking time off from class but intend to return and need access to online class materials to continue your studies, you have the option of paying a ¥2,500 usage fee per month for up to 3 months maximum. Please contact us via the Blue House Okinawa Facebook Page.
- FACEBOOK GROUP CHAT – YOUR FASTEST FORM OF ONGOING COMMUNICATION
Please make the most of the Blue House Okinawa Okinawa Facebook Group and Group Chat.
Our Facebook Group provides a private, direct connection between staff members and students.
- LANGUAGE EXCHANGE:
Language Exchange Events are free for current tuition paying students. Beginning July 1, 2019, anyone not currently paying tuition, can still come to a Language Exchange Event for a ¥1000 fee.
- READ ALOUD CLUB & SPEECH CLUB
The Read Aloud and Speech Clubs are free for current tuition paying students. Please make sure you RSVP on the Facebook Group Event page so those who run the events can be adequately prepared.
Starting July 1, 2019, there will be a ¥500 fee for anyone who is not currently paying tuition.
- BLUE HOUSE OKINAWA OKINAWA SPECIAL EVENTS
Starting July 1, 2019, all special events will require a ¥500 non-refundable administration fee, paid during sign up via the Blue House Okinawa website. If there are any other fees, (ferry, bikes, etc) they will be paid in cash at the event place on the day of the event.
- MAKING FRIENDS
Blue House Okinawa is a wonderful school to learn from and make new friends. We encourage students to work together and use your new language skills with each other.
We offer events to encourage intercultural learning and experiences; however, we are not a dating service and discourage use of our school and events being used to that end. Our expectation is that students interact respectfully and contribute to a healthy learning community.
We offer a discount for student referrals. If you refer a new student to Blue House Okinawa, and they sign up and pay tuition for a course, you will receive a ¥2,700 discount on your tuition for the same month the newly referred student signed up.
*1 discount allowed per month.
- MILITARY CLAUSE POLICY:
*Active Duty members (only) going on TDY/TAD or Deployment with Orders:
Please provide a copy of your Orders and you will receive a prorated refund of your current or future paid tuition.
*Active Duty Members and Family PCSing with Orders:
Please provide a copy of your Orders to receive a prorated refund of your current or future paid tuition.
*Active Duty Members (only) with irregular work schedules:
If you take the Conversation class, you have the option of buying a stamp card with 4 stamps (1 for each class during the month) for ¥12,960. It will be valid for 4 classes within a 2 month time frame to allow for flexibility.
*This option does not currently apply for any other class offered at Blue House.
- STUDENT VISA / REFERENCES / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
The only thing we offer is a Letter of Verification.
This will show dates of attendance and receipts of payment.
- WHO SHOULD STUDENTS CONTACT?
Questions about student progress, assignments, tests, project timelines, and other class related information, should be directed to the teacher responsible for the class either in person or through your Facebook Group Chat.
Questions regarding vacations, tuition, payments and future courses should be directed to Blue House Okinawa Facebook Page.