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2020 Student Exchange Program with Japan Cancelled

February 27, 2020

Dear Peterson Families, Staff, and Community, 

The purpose of my letter is to provide clarification and direction regarding the planned student exchange program visit to the Peterson community from Kagoshima, Japan.

Given the evolving coronavirus situation, Principal Chandra Henry and I met today to evaluate this year’s program. We have made the determination that, in the best interest of student and community safety and out an abundance of caution, we are canceling this year’s student visit to our community.

The exchange program partnership is long-standing in our community and a valued experience for students. We hope that we will be able to continue annual student visits in the future, and we will work with the school to determine next steps.


Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.

Dr. Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.