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Head’s Lines: Protecting the health and well-being of our community

A summary of our actions over the past week to reduce the risk of virus exposure to our community... Dr Fleischman shares his advice for keeping our children safe from viral infection.

Thank you for your support and level-headedness over the last half term as more details emerge about the new coronavirus whose profound effect in China has now begun to have ripple effects on our day-to-day life at school. We want to reassure all parents and families that the health and well-being of our school community is our top priority. To this end, we have conferred with health officials from both Samitivej Hospital and Bumrungrad Hospital last week. They have conducted a thorough review of our precautionary measures and policies and come away satisfied with the steps we have in place to secure our community’s health.

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In accordance with the actions taken by other international schools in Bangkok, we have elected to withdraw from any sports fixtures and events involving other schools between now and half-term. This means that there will be no close contact with other school communities up until half term. The Year Group residentials are proceeding only in those instances where our community has sole use and control of the facilities where students are staying and undertaking their activities.

School leaders continue to hard to ensure that the whole of our school community is well informed and up-to-date. Consequently, we shall keep you updated on any changes in the regional situation and share the latest advice on containing the spread of this virus.

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Last week our school received a briefing from Dr Erik Fleischman, a Bangkok resident who has worked for over 30 years as an Infectious Disease Specialist tackling epidemics around the world, including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Ebola and SARS. I feel it worthwhile repeating this information for anyone who may have missed this email from our school:

So what should we do to protect our children? 

Virus spread can be unpredictable, especially with a new virus whose mode of transmission has not yet been well studied or identified. But there are actions we all can take that are effective in containing EVERY virus:

  • Vigilant and regular hand washing throughout the day for students, teachers and employees;

  • Extra efforts on surface cleaning for all school areas—most viruses are spread by surface touching, not coughing or breathing into someone’s face

  • Minimising group contact activities during times of epidemics, especially for younger students; 

  • Wearing regular paper face masks can help prevent the wearer from spreading airborne pathogens and can reduce hand contact with the mouth and face--- two common ways for virus and bacteria to enter the body.

  • N-95 masks can provide more protection from breathing in infectious particles and can be quite effective for the current particle pollution issues.

None of us can be 100% sure that these precautions can protect everyone, but at the current time, I do not believe it is dangerous to send our children to school. The number of cases in Thailand does not yet warrant this kind of response in my medical opinion. If your child has a fever or cold symptoms (remember it is also flu season) keep your child at home. If the symptoms get worse, put a mask on him or her and take him to your preferred hospital. The best advice you can give your children is to wash their hands all day long and to learn to avoid touching their faces as much as possible.

School Calendar 2019/2020

The updated school calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 are available here.

For parents with enquiries about Primary School, please contact officeps@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 381-2387-8.


For parents with enquiries about High School, please contact officehs@standrews.ac.th or Tel: +66 2 056-9555.