Public Schools in Phuket reopened for onsite learning for the first day today of the new school semester (May 17th).
Teachers were waiting to welcome students at school gates on Monday morning for the first day of school officially starting again. Every student’s body temperature was checked before being allowed to enter schools. Every student and teacher was also wearing face masks, which are still compulsory in all public places, inside and outside, in Thailand. However, overall, the Covid-19 rules were greatly reduced from the past two years to allow students to resume in-person education without disruption.
The director of the Phuket Educational Office, Ms. Patchalee Chaoponlajrang, told the Phuket Express, “We are 100 percent on-site learning from now. However, we are still following the Covid -19 measurements. We are ready with our plan if any students are found infected with Covid -19. This plan does not include shutting entire classes, widespread quarantines, or shutting schools.”
As part of a national Thai Ministry of Education direction, students will no longer be tested for Covid-19 unless they show symptoms and are ill. Additionally, if positive, mandatory quarantines for high-risk contacts are no longer required unless those contacts also show symptoms or sickness, which according to Patchalee helps prevent entire schools from shutting down and students losing valuable learning time.