The resumption of school days operations has been allowed to international schools and tuition schools. Private and public schools can let in a maximum of 120 students simultaneously. Seminars and workshops can begin by other institutions, including universities.
As Covid-19 seems to be slowly controlled for the time being in Thailand, All schools in Thailand, following the academic year of January to December, would be reopened on July 1. Schools must obey ministry guidelines such as the usage of masks, the regular washing of hands and healthy distances between students. While small countries can simultaneously reopen all schools, big countries like Thailand are first of all adopting a progressive approach and reopening areas with the lowest transmission rates and lowest localized risks.
Since surveys of the Education Ministry showed, 60–70% of students are not prepared to take television as their primary platform for their studies, Thailand’s distance learning project has been deemed a failure. The ministry and schools are now ready for reopening of classrooms nationwide. Thailand ‘s Minister for Education stated that as a part of an initiative to deter the spread of the Covid-19, the Ministry needed to modify its plan of television airing lessons. The survey found that most students use their smartphones to consume media and that is expensive.
School days and holidays
Unfortunately, some schools like Harrow International School have cancelled the Summer School Programme in July 2020 due to COVID-19. Under the Thai Ministry of Education guidelines, they have been asked to cancel or postpone all activities with ‘outside parties’.
Minister of Education Nataphol Teepsuwan said the ministry would have to adjust school break schedules inevitably.
Schools across the country are obligated to follow safety initiatives authorized by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in attempt to fully-start classes in July. Students will go back to school under strict health directives in the reopening of schools, however, online and on-air classes will be emphasized as a backup plan.
Temperature checking before school entry, the use of face masks and sufficiently good handwashing facilities with soap or alcohol gel included measures initiated by Health and Education Ministries. Social distancing, students limited to 20 to 25 per class and frequent cleaning of the school premises is also required. In order to prevent viral transmission, some outdoors and extracurricular activities are also temporarily banned.
As you can see, the government is taking proactive measures to ensure that every educational level in the country is covered and secured during this pandemic period and schools are actively ensuring that such guidelines laid by the government are strictly followed. In the end, the focus of these measures is to give quality education and most importantly keep every child as safe as possible.
Thai Ministry of Education, the Office of Private Education Commission (Opec), and the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) all provides directives to international schools in Thailand. As they will continue their distance learning programs up to mid-June at the end of term 3 and are expected to return to campuses by the beginning of the academic year 2020-21 in August like Rasami British International School who reopens on the 3rd Aug 2020 and Norwich International School Bangkok on August – 17th
As of Monday, June 15th 2020, some international school reopened and some soon to open are listed here:
- Tara Pattana International School Pattaya – 22nd June 2020
- Stephen’s International School Bangkok – 15th June 2020
- Denla British School – 16th June 2020
- Bangkok Patana School – 15th June 2020 until 26th June 2020
- Anglo Singapore International School Sukhumvit 64 – 18th June 2020
- Andrews International School Dusit Campus – 16th June 2020
- Dadi international kindergarten – 22th June 2020
- Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside – July 2020