Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates

Current Status in School

  • Temperature scans are in effect for all students and staff entering school. People with temperatures of 37.5C degrees and above will not be allowed into school.
  • Masks must be worn on campus. Students should have an extra mask in their bags.
  • Students must bring in their own snacks.
  • Students must have their own water bottle.
  • Only students and staff are allowed on campus during school days.
  • Families who have been to or come in contact with anyone who has travelled from outside Thailand over the past 14 days or have come into contact with a PUI (person under investigation) are asked to self-quarantine before coming onto campus.
  • Please email communications@patana.ac.th if you fulfill any of the quarantine requirements below or are diagnosed with COVID-19, as the school is mandated to report this.

Government Guidelines

An Emergency Decree is in effect.

  • Social Distancing measures are strictly in effect. People should stay 1m to 2m apart.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • QR codes are being used for people to scan in and out of shopping areas / shops.
  • Restrictions are in place for people arriving from overseas, including a mandatory 14-day state quarantine.

 

 

 

 

 

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What does 'self-quarantine' mean?

Self-quarantine means staying in your home, hotel room or provided accommodation and not leaving for the period of time for which you are required to isolate. Do not allow visitors into the home, hotel room or provided accommodation.

If someone in your home is self-quarantined, they should maintain separation in an area of the home away from others (with their own bathroom and closed-door space). If the quarantined person is moving freely around the home, the other members of the household must also self-quarantine for 14 days. This is because the other members of the household are classified to be in close contact with someone who is in the incubation period and may develop the infection.

What is a PUI and how is it defined?

Patients Under Investigation (PUI) are determined based on symptoms  / symptoms together with risk factors:

  1. A recent arrival through an international checkpoint AND with the following symptoms
    • Body temperature of 37.5C or more together with symptoms of the respiratory system
    • OR any of – fever, runny nose, sore throat, laboured or difficult breathing.
  2. A person who has been to hospital with:
    • Body temperature of 37.5C or higher or a history of fever together with one of the following respiratory symptoms: cough, runny nose, sore throat, laboured breathing or difficulty breathing
    • Or pneumonia
      AND fulfills one or more of the criteria below
    • Has in the previous 14 days arrived from one of the countries on the school’s list of high-risk places,
    • Has a job which brings them into close contact with foreign tourists
    • Has a close history with someone confirmed with COVID-19
    • Works in medical or public health and in contact with patients being investigated for COVID-19.
  3. Someone who has been to a hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia AND in the 14 days before the onset of the illness fulfilled one or more of the criteria below:
    • Been in close contact to a suspected COVID-19 case
    • Is medical or health personnel
    • Symptomatic treatement does not improve
    • The cause of the symptoms cannot be found
    • Severe symptoms or death which cannot be determined.
  4. Chronic Illness – clusters of people with acute respiratory tract infections who have been checked for influenza or other viruses and come back negative but are from:

    • Three or more medical personnel in the same department with symptoms within the same week
    • A cluster of five or more people who are not medical personnel and have respiratory tract symptoms within the same week in the same location.
How To Avoid Close Contact With A Person in A High Risk Category

You can avoid coming into close contact with someone who is in a high-risk category by:

  • Keeping 2 metres away from others (about 3 steps)
  • Sleeping in separate bedroom and use separate bathroom (keep the door closed)
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces in areas that you use in common
  • Not using shared spaces at the same time as a person in a high-risk category and ensuring they are cleaned before you use them
  • Ensuring that the person in the high-risk category wears a mask when moving through shared spaces.
  • Using separate tables and any utensils
  • Not sharing personal belongings, such as handerkerchiefs, drinking glasses and straws
  • Cleaning clothes, bedsheets, towels with soap or regular detergent and water. Or wash them in hot water at 60-90 degrees celsius
Where can I find out more about Continuing Learning during school closure?

If you have any queries about our Continuing Learning strategy in case of school closure, please contact your child’s class teacher / tutor or subject specialist. The school already has in place continuing learning for students who have been quarantined.

To facilitate continuing learning, your child should have access to a good internet connection and an area where they can connect to their teachers without distraction. All learning resources are located on our virtual learning environment (Firefly) and cloud services (Google Drive, Office 365).

Our Continuing Learning strategy follows these guidelines:

  • Keeping regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or helping to create new routines if relocated to a new environment. These routines should include learning along with playing and relaxation time.
  • Live group chats and regular check-ins to help support learning. To provide a platform for students to support each other and to reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety.
  • Be cognisant of the cumulative affect of screen time when a student is set multiple learning tasks. Having a blended approach, balancing digital with off line (analogue) actvities.

If our school is closed, Continuing Learning is tailored to Year groups and classes.

In the Primary School, age-appropriate learning activities are placed in a centralised area within Firefly. Class teachers will contact parents via email and direct them to these resources on a regular basis.

In the Secondary School, subject teachers will post all learning activities on Firefly as a task, so that parents can access them and support your child(ren)’s learning. Feedback on these activities will be given on a regular basis on Firefly. Teachers will arrange slots of time during working hours when they will be available for live support.

Read the full article in the 13th March edition of Patana News.

What is Social Distancing?

AVOID

  • Group gatherings
  • Sleepovers
  • Large group playdates
  • Concerts
  • Theatre outings
  • Athletic events
  • Crowded retail areas
  • Crowded gyms
  • Non-essential workers in your house
  • Crowded mass transport without a mask

USE CAUTION

  • Visiting grocery stores
  • Getting take away food
  • Collecting medication
  • Travelling to and from work or to perform essential errands
What If Someone in My Building is Diagnosed with COVID-19?

If someone in your building has been confirmed with having COVID-19:

If you/your children have had no close contact with the person or a member of their household, all you need to do is ensure you avoid close contact with other people in the building and you/your children can still attend school.

If you/your children have had close contact with the person or a member of their household, then you are subject to the school guidelines on self-quarantine.

In either case, call the Primary or Secondary School Office and please keep the school appraised of developments.

Temperature Scans

Temperature checks are best done at home before you send your child(ren) to school because if they do have a fever, you can keep them at home. Taking your child(ren)’s temperature at home also enables you to monitor any changes daily.

A reminder to also monitor any staff you employ to accompany your children to school to make sure they are well.

We will scan all people entering school. People with temperatures of 37.5C or higher will not be allowed to enter campus.

Does being in transit in one of the locations above count?

If you or someone you know was only in transit through the places mentioned above, the 14-day quarantine is applicable.

Why is the School not checking passports daily?

The spread of COVID-19 occurs not only from people who have travelled to high risk destinations, but also when others have come into contact with these people. In addition, many places such as Hong Kong don’t stamp passports so we don’t get an accurate travel picture.

We trust that you, our parents, will be vigilant and honest because you too are concerned about the spread of coronavirus.

How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
  • Study the facts of the virus before speaking to your child. We highly recommend you visit the WHO site and become fully informed.
  • Speak calmly and answer questions in a a reassuring manner.
  • Remind them to be vigilant about hand washing regularly, use hand gels, cover their mouth and nose with their arm when they sneeze or cough.
  • Discuss with them why they may see children wearing masks, gently correct any misinformation they may have.
  • Allow them to express their feelings  and remind them that all students treat each other with respect and to not jump to any conclusions on another child’s health.