Cancellation of Fun Day 2020
After a lot of thought and discussion, the school and the PTG have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Fun Day. This decision was not made lightly as we have had to cancel so many events this year. We had further conferred with the Ministry of Public Health about the event and their advice was to cancel, as they have been strongly recommending to avoid large crowds and those events where many people would be present. Therefore considering the risks involved with COVID-19, a large gathering of our school community and friends would be irresponsible and not in keeping with all the steps we have taken over the last few weeks to protect our school community from this infection.
As we did last year, we will ensure that the Raffle Draw takes place at a later date. If you have already bought entry wristbands for this event, you can return them to the Accounts window at either campus for a full refund.
By Monday the vast majority of students and all teachers, who travelled to any of the list of countries (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore Japan, Italy and Iran) during our half-term will have been back in Thailand for at least 14 days, and thereby eligible to return to school. Thank you to everyone for your support and cooperation throughout this difficult period. I know we all will remain vigilant to ensure we all remain safe and healthy.
On Sunday the school received an update from the Ministry of Education via ISAT that Vietnam and Malaysia have been taken off the list of countries requiring quarantine upon arrival in Thailand. This brings the list in line with the one given by the Ministry of Public Health. Therefore, anyone who had started quarantine as a result of their travel to Vietnam or Malaysia do not have to complete their 14 days.
UPDATE: The two newest countries added to the quarantine list this week are France and Germany.
With regards to the remaining countries on the quarantine list, anyone who travels to any of these listed countries, including parents, extended family members or close friends, should not enter onto school premises during their 14-day quarantine period. It is essential that these individuals undertake very careful and rigorous self-quarantine to keep their family and friends safe, as described in the next section. It is important that anyone who is currently under self-quarantine does not interact with others within the school community until they have finished this period and are shown not to have the infection.
Self-Quarantine Advice for Parents who travel regularly for Business
During the week, we have had a number of questions from parents who travel around the region, including some parents who are concerned that their son/daughters will be constantly quarantined from school, as their parents travel to and from countries on this list regularly.
In cases where the student remains in school but a parent travels to a country on this list, then parents should protect their children, and the school community, by self-quarantining for 14 days. As above, these parents will not be able to visit school during this time, but they should also take steps to quarantine themselves from their children when at home. Some examples of how might work are included in the following articles:
We will, of course, continue with our policy of temperature checking all students, teachers, parents and visitors at school.
Future Travel Plans
Looking further ahead, we would ask families to carefully consider any plans to travel outside Thailand during the Songkran holiday. As we have seen this week, the status of a country can change very quickly, meaning that families could be quarantined in their holiday country or quarantined on return to Thailand, even if travelling to a country not currently listed. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard is a very useful resource to track the evolving situation around the world.
We will continue to work closely with the appropriate health and education authorities to monitor the situation and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the school, keeping you updated with any new information as it becomes available.
Thank you very much for your continued support and cooperation in protecting the health of our entire STA Community.
Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to the Community Fire Relief Fund we have set up through our Moodle payment system. We have already collected an astounding 416,961 Baht, and we shall be transferring this amount later this week into the bank account set up by the Imam and community leader to direct the reconstruction of the homes that were lost. Several families have offered other forms of assistance through their businesses in related areas, and we shall continue to cooperate and consult with the community to provide additional support for their ongoing rebuilding and development efforts.
The donation payment channel on Moodle (link) will remain open for anyone who would like to make contributions. Alternatively, cash donations can be directed to the Account Office on either campus. Once again, all funds collected will be going straight to the community.
I am sure you can appreciate how this crisis has adversely affected these 24 families in our local community and how much our assistance can help them begin to put their lives back together. Thank you in advance for your continued help and support. Your generosity has made a huge difference for the families of this community
Working Title Showcase
Last Thursday the Performing Arts Department in High School, with a cast of approximately 60 students, performed a magnificent array of dramatical pieces which they have been working on over the past few months. The individual and group performances were all very well acted and really thought-provoking. The entire 90-minute show flew by for the audience who was fully engaged with each performance piece. The showcase closed with a lively and raucous spectacle which provided everyone one with a taste of what's to come in the end-of-year High School production of Aladdin Jr.
Congratulations to all the performers. It was a truly great show, well done!!