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High School: Reducing risks

We review the health directives issued this week and read about ways to keep our community safe.

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Thank you very much for all of your support during a very busy week last week, since we received the directive from the Ministry of Education last Sunday afternoon which stated that any families who have visited, or transited through, to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore or Japan must place themselves in 14 days of voluntary quarantine from their date of return to Thailand.

As you know, the Ministry of Education added Malaysia and Vietnam, and then Italy and Iran, to this list later in the week and then removed Malaysia and Vietnam. The current list of countries is therefore: China, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Japan, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.

By today the vast majority of students, and all teachers, who travelled to any of the above countries during our half-term will have been back in Thailand for at least 14 days, and so have been able to return to school.

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We will, of course, work with those students who have been quarantined to ensure that they are not penalised in any way for work/lessons missed during their quarantines.

We will also continue both to remind students and teachers of the precautions that they should be taking at all times (as above) and with our policy of temperature checking all students, teachers, parents and visitors at school.

Self-Quarantine

During the week, we 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:

Coronavirus: How to self-isolate: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51506729 

How Travelers Around the World Are Dealing With 'Voluntary' Home Quarantines, To Help Slow Potential Coronavirus Spread: https://time.com/5785258/china-coronavirus-home-quarantine/

Fun Day 2020

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Unfortunately, due to the continuing uncertainty, the recent increase in the number of cases in Thailand and the Ministry of Public Health’s recommendation to postpone or cancel large public gatherings in Thailand, the school and the PTG have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Fun Day.

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.

Songkran

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.

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On Thursday afternoon, it was great to be able to forget about the Coronavirus for an hour and a half, while enjoying a fantastic programme of Drama performances. While many of the performances were from our IGCSE Drama and IBDP Theatre Arts students - the last performances in the Theatre for the latter group of students - it was also great to see younger students involved, and the full range of High School students in the grand finale, a sneak preview of next term's High School Production: Aladdin.

Key Stage 3 Technology Coffee Morning

On Thursday 12th March, we will hold a Key Stage 3 Technology Coffee Morning. This event is designed, and timed, to give Key Stage 3 parents more information about the Key Stage 3 Technology curriculum and grading process before the Key Stage 3 Grade Reports, published the following day, and Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings. Please complete this Google Form to register your interest in attending.

Roo Stenning (roo.st@standrews.ac.th)
Head of High School

High School Calendar: Term 2

Wednesday 4th March

Year 11 GCSE PE Practical Exam - Part 2

Friday 6th March

International Women’s Day

Thursday 12th March

KS3 Technology Coffee Morning

Friday 13th March

Year 7-9 Grade Reports Published

Tuesday 17th March

Year 9 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 19th March

Year 7 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 20th March

Year 10 Grade Reports Published

Tuesday 24th March

Year 8 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Thursday 26th March

Year 10 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 27th March

Year 12 Grade Reports Published

Tuesday 31st March

Year 12 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

Friday 3rd April

Songkran Assemblies and Celebrations - End of Term 2

Monday 20th April

Start of Term 3

Monday 20th - Friday 24th April

Year 11/13 Revision Week

Monday 27th April

Year 11/13 Study Leave begins

Wednesday 29th April

IGCSE Exams begin

Friday 1st May

IB Exams begin