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Head’s Lines: Factoring COVID-19 into your Songkran holiday plans

Updates on coronavirus precautions and travel advisories…Find advice on how you can self-quarantine to protect your family and others...Utilising online learning tools can help students and parents remain connected to School in the event of closure.

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The coronavirus situation around the world continues to develop with more cases being reported in a growing list of countries. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has now designated four areas as ‘high-risk zones’.  These are Italy, Iran, China (including Macao & Hong Kong) and South Korea. Therefore the list of 11 countries or territories currently requiring self-quarantine is: China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and Iran. 

Last Friday 6th March there was a further travel advisory given in a press conference by the MOPH stating that people living in Thailand should limit unnecessary international travel at this time. A further four countries (USA, Switzerland, Netherlands and Spain) were mentioned as potentially being added to the current list from which visitors will require self-quarantine upon returning to Thailand. This determination will depend on how infection rates of COVID-19 increase in these countries over the coming days and weeks. The MOPH emphasises this is a rapidly developing situation with regard to the 96 countries currently experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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We will continue to keep you updated should there be any change in the situation or should these or any other countries be added to the MOPH list of countries requiring self quarantine.

In four weeks we shall break for the two-week Songkran holiday. Given the rapidly evolving situation we all find ourselves in, we ask that everyone remains mindful that the status of a given country could change without warning. This could mean that you are quarantined on return to Thailand or even quarantined in your holiday country because Thailand’s status changes while you are away.   

Anyone visiting any of these listed countries, including parents, extended family members or close friends should not visit school during their 14-day quarantine. It is essential that a very careful and rigorous self-quarantine is maintained to keep their family and friends safe. Furthermore, it is important that anyone who is currently under self-quarantine does not come into contact with friends from within the school community, and instead, remain at home until they have finished their quarantine period and are shown not to have the infection.  

Towards the end of this week, we shall be asking all families to complete and submit a self declaration form sharing where you intend to spend your time during the holiday. This self declaration form will need to be completed and submitted to school by the end of this term. Due to the MOPH officially designating COVID-19 as a dangerous communicable disease, Ministry officials now have more sweeping powers to contain its spread in Thailand. Therefore, It is essential the School has accurate information regarding where families and our staff have spent their holidays so that should there be any concerns raised we have relevant information concerning places members of our community have visited.

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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.

Please see our COVID-19 FAQ page for our previous COVID-19 communications, as well as links to MOE/OPEC documents and other useful external websites.

Online Learning

During this time our school has been looking at lots of different ways to develop our online learning facility so that we are fully prepared to continue teaching and learning in the event of a government-enforced school closure. Teachers have attended additional training sessions so that all subjects will be delivered in an appropriate and meaningful way across all age groups within the school.

At High School, learning provisions will be delivered through our two main platforms - Moodle and Google. Our Moodle platform has been used extensively for years as a vital link between home and school and has many excellent resources. We have now extended our Google suite to include the use of Google Meet, a multi-way video conference application. This will allow High School students to continue to follow the regular timetable throughout any shutdown period, with classes meeting together, listening to live presentations, and engaging in discussions. Many teachers have already practiced this with some of their classes, and are finding that it is a very effective learning tool.

At Primary, it will be Seesaw that will be the main platform for sharing resources and uploading student work. To enable this to happen in a secure manner, all students will be provided with a personal username and password - currently this is only given to Year 3 and above. Parents will shortly receive an email with this information, along with instructions on how to login, so that we can iron out any potential problems ahead of time.

We have also been listening closely to the experiences of other Nord Anglia schools which are in regions where school shutdowns are already in effect. We’ve been able to learn a lot from these discussions. These have not been just about the best technology and apps to use, but the need to ensure a balance of offline and online work, and the importance of continuing the pastoral care of our students as they learn from home.

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.