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Hello,

 

I hear that it's been reported in a TV news that

International schools in Thailand can re-open this

June. Is that true? I just wonder if they can because

the state of emergency has been extended till the end

of next month.

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Would be a huge mistake. Kids crowd together. If we cannot go to the beach, or a bar or a cinema, then it is crazy to put kids (international or not) in harms way!

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You're absolutely, right!

 

I can't see any point in letting any school re-open

under the state of emergency.

 

That's what one of my Thai friends learned in a TV

news show, though.

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Probably not June 1st, but sometime in June from the sound of the mails I am getting from my daughters school.

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It's still not official, but there is certainly hope that they will be able to open (physically, as most have been open for online classes for some time) from 1 June.  Here is what my son's school is planning...

 

We expect everyone’s co-operation on these measures and it will be highly appreciated. These measures are as follows:

1. Access to the school gate School vans and private vehicles will not be allowed access to the school gate. Students must be dropped-off the Soi in front of *****, must line-up maintaining 1 meter away from each other and wait for their turn for the temperature scanning and hand-sanitizing. Students showing a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be permitted to enter the school premises and parents will be phoned to collect the child(ren). For facility, we suggest that parents wait until the child is permitted to enter the school premises before leaving. Depending on the volume of student, scanning and hand-sanitizing may take only a couple minutes.

2. Wearing of face masks “No Face Masks, No Entry Policy”. Wearing of face masks is a must to be allowed entrance to the school premises. Face masks must be worn inside the school premises at all times.

3. Travel and health declaration We will be asking every family to complete and submit the Travel and Health Declaration Form together with a copy of each household member’s passport’s pages containing the information page and latest arrival date in Thailand. The form and submission procedure will be emailed to families in time.

4. Self-quarantine requirement Should the student or a member of the household transited through or travelled from other countries and has returned to Thailand after the 20th of April, the student must stay home for the 14 days self-quarantine.

5. School van health and safety The Teacher Assistant shall perform temperature scan and hand sanitation first before allowing any student to get in the van. Student resisting from temperature scanning and hand sanitizing protocol and showing a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to join the van. Upon arrival to school, the students will follow the procedure set-out under the Access to the school gate.

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Set to open 01 July. in Rayong.

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Some schools are opening at June 1st.

 

I wonder about the following though:

 

On 5/24/2020 at 6:12 AM, brewsterbudgen said:

1. Access to the school gate School vans and private vehicles will not be allowed access to the school gate. Students must be dropped-off the Soi in front of *****, must line-up maintaining 1 meter away from each other and wait for their turn for the temperature scanning and hand-sanitizing. Students showing a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be permitted to enter the school premises and parents will be phoned to collect the child(ren). For facility, we suggest that parents wait until the child is permitted to enter the school premises before leaving. Depending on the volume of student, scanning and hand-sanitizing may take only a couple minutes.

2. Wearing of face masks “No Face Masks, No Entry Policy”. Wearing of face masks is a must to be allowed entrance to the school premises. Face masks must be worn inside the school premises at all times.

3. Travel and health declaration We will be asking every family to complete and submit the Travel and Health Declaration Form together with a copy of each household member’s passport’s pages containing the information page and latest arrival date in Thailand. The form and submission procedure will be emailed to families in time.

4. Self-quarantine requirement Should the student or a member of the household transited through or travelled from other countries and has returned to Thailand after the 20th of April, the student must stay home for the 14 days self-quarantine.

5. School van health and safety The Teacher Assistant shall perform temperature scan and hand sanitation first before allowing any student to get in the van. Student resisting from temperature scanning and hand sanitizing protocol and showing a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to join the van. Upon arrival to school, the students will follow the procedure set-out under the Access to the school gate.

- Lining 1 meter from each other? will they always keep such a distance throughout the school day? in classrooms? at breaks time?

- Face masks will be worn at all times? obviously not at lunch time..? what about PE? and swimming lessons...?

- Temperature checks before getting in the vans? at this point we already know around 40% of cases do not display high fever and can infect others.

 

It's clear the school tries to do its best. But the underlying premise for opening the schools is that the disease is currently very rare at the population in Thailand (which is probably true) - if it isn't the case, those restrictions will not suffice.

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On 5/24/2020 at 1:41 AM, prakhonchai nick said:

Would be a huge mistake. Kids crowd together. If we cannot go to the beach, or a bar or a cinema, then it is crazy to put kids (international or not) in harms way!

Will it be crazy then to let millions of Thai kids to go back to schools at July 1st then? what's the difference? is near-zero new cases a day, for many weeks, not a good enough criteria?

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15 minutes ago, XGM said:

Will it be crazy then to let millions of Thai kids to go back to schools at July 1st then? what's the difference? is near-zero new cases a day, for many weeks, not a good enough criteria?

Indeed. The virus isn't going to disappear for years (if at all) just like other viruses.  

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It seems we're definitely having students back from Thursday 4th.

 

The idea seems to be each class is split into two groups. E.g - Group A comes in from 8:00 - 10:30 and then Group B comes in from 11:30 - 2:00.

 

No break times, lunch times or specialist lessons being taught.

 

In primary each group will do the normal daily maths, guided reading and English lessons with me and then the other lessons such as science, history, geography, ICT, Thai, Mandarin etc they can continue to do online whilst they are at home. 

 

I have no idea how we will be able to teach the students that don't return to school though. 

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I heard that the government had asked the big international schools in Bangkok to come up with a H&S plan to include social distancing, hygiene etc with a view to opening in some capacity next week.

It would be a good trial run for the main schools to open in July.

Fingers crossed that they let them open as denying children an education is criminal plus they need peers for social development.

Teachers will have their hands full initially trying to keep the children calm in class as they will be bouncing off the walls with excitement.

The younger ones for sure.

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I've heard nothing from my kid's school, does anyone have any news?

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Bangkok Patana sent this email to parents today. They obviously have not been given approval as of yet although they sound very well prepared to restart at short notice:

 

 

Head of School's Update 26th May 2020
26th May 2020
 
Dear Parents,
 
I am fully aware that there have been a number of media reports pertaining to the possibility of international schools reopening on 1st June.
 
Bangkok Patana School is fully prepared and has actioned all of the OPEC’s (Office of the Private Education Commission) health and safety school reopening measures. A reminder that parents will not be allowed to come onto campus. Following government recommendations, two forms need to be filled in before your child(ren) return to school: Code of Conduct for COVID-19 and Health and Travel Declaration. An email will be sent to you later today with the links. In addition, later this week, we will be sending you a detailed instructional video showing all of our health and safety changes.
 
Last week we sent you a detailed letter with models showing what the school will look like when we reopen. If you haven’t already, please read this letter.
 
We will open school only once we have the approval from the government. We may not hear until the end of the week. As soon as we hear one way or the other, we will send you an SMS. Following this, you will receive an email from the Primary and/or Secondary School confirming the schedule for your child next week and, if applicable, information from the Transport Department. Please go to the Parents’ Gateway (Family Contact Information) before the end of the week and make sure your correct mobile numbers are listed. We will also use our social media channels and post the information on the front of our website. 
 
Please do watch the instructional video as it will be beneficial for your child(ren) to know what to expect before school starts.
 
Looking forward to seeing students back in school in a very safe learning environment in the very near future.
 
Best wishes,
Matt Mills
Head of School
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