Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates
School is closed from 18th March until the Ministry of Education allows the reopening.
IB Exams for the May 2020 session have been cancelled. Please see the letter to parents from the IB here.
- Edexcel GCSEs in PE, Art and Japanese will not be examined; students will still receive a grade.
- Edexcel IGCSE Science is currently still available to be sat.
- CIE IGCSEs are currently all still available.
As the situation is fluid and evolving, I will update the community on updates from CIE as soon as possible.
Please email email@example.com if you fulfill any of the quarantine requirements below or are diagnosed with COVID-19, as the school is mandated to report this.
Your children are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine:
- If they have travelled from / transited through or come into close contact with anyone who has travelled from /transited through the high risk countries listed below
- If they have a sibling attending a school that has been closed due to a confirmed COVID-19 case amongst the staff or students at the school
We also ask children to stay away from school if they have come into close contact with a PUI (Person Under Investigation) as defined in the FAQs below.
The MOPH (Ministry of Public Health) has three levels of monitoring places:
- The first – new and highest – level is ‘Territories outside the Kingdom of Thailand defined as Disease Infected Zones of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak’ announced in the Royal Gazette on 5th These include Mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy and Iran which are considered to be dangerous for the spread of the virus. From 6th March 2020, people who have travelled from / transited through these places have to mandatorily self-quarantine and report electronically every day to the MOPH for 14 days. If they develop any symptoms, they have to go into government organised quarantine. More information is available on this link, but please understand that it may not always be fully up to date due to the fluidity of the current situation: https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php
- The second level is a list of places that are at risk and are subject to a travel advisory. These places come under new directives from the government which you can read here. These places are:
From 22nd March: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Malaysia, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, Czech Republic, Israel, Ireland, Pakistan, Finland, Turkey, Greece, Chile, Luxembourg, Poland and Ecuador
From 13th March: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the UK
From 6th March: the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the US
From 2nd March: Germany and France
From 26th February: Iran and Italy
From 21st February: Mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.
For this level, the OPEC (Office of Private Education Commission) announcement dated 2nd March 2020 required that if you or a member of your family has travelled from / transited through or been in close contact with someone who has travelled from / transited through these places, you are subject to a 14-day self-quarantine. Please contact the Primary or Secondary Office if your child(ren) need to be quarantined.
- The MOPH announced a watch list of places which are currently under consideration for being placed on the second level of risk. Countries on the watch list are being monitored on the increase in the number of cases each day. For countries where cases are increasing daily, people are requested to avoid travel where possible.
- Temperature scans are in effect for all people entering school. Adults with temperatures of 37.5C degrees and above will not be allowed into school. Children with temperatures of 37.5C and above will be taken to the Nurse’s station and their parents will be called to arrange for the child to return home.
- If your children are engaged in activities outside school, such as extra lessons or sporting activities, where they come into regular, close contact with others, please do request these third parties to confirm they have not been travelling or transiting through our high-risk countries, nor have been in close contact with anyone who has, within the previous 14 days. The Ministry of Education and OPEC are understandably being very strict, and we do face a full school closure if any of our students or staff have been exposed and come to school, even if through a third party.
- 2nd March – Malaysia and Vietnam have been removed from the list of high risk countries. Children who have been in quarantine can return to school.
- Sanitising and screening procedures are in place, the staff have taken extra steps to scrub areas of the school during the half term break.
- Hand sanitisers are in place around the school. Regular and thorough hand washing with soap is recommended for students.
- All overnight school trips in Term 2 that involve any interactions with students from other schools have been cancelled.
- All inter-school activities and those involving people outside the regular school community have been curtailed following OPEC guidelines from 6th March.
- Fun Day on Saturday 7th March has been postponed to Saturday 6th June.
- ECAs will continue as scheduled. All ECA providers have been asked to provide a travel and health declaration.
- Our Admissions Department is checking with prospective parents to ascertain if they have been in a high risk area or been in contact with others who have travelled to a high risk area. They will follow the same quarantine directives as the rest of our community.
- For the Songkran holiday and the long weekend in May, we suggest you avoid travelling to or coming into contact with people who have travelled to high-risk countries, as this may put your child(ren) into a quarantine and prevent them from returning to school. Note that the Thai Government may include more countries on the quarantine list by this time.
- If you plan to travel internationally for the summer holidays, we suggest flexible return tickets so that, if needed, your child(ren) can fulfill a quarantine and start school on time.
Here is the most recent letter to parents.
If you are unsure, please keep your child at home and contact the school during school hours:
Primary Office: 02 785 2260
Secondary Office: 02 785 2310
Below are links to the official announcements from the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC).