COVID-19 Update: School Closure


The Ministry of Education confirmed that all schools will close from Wednesday 18th March initially for two weeks, when it will be reviewed.

Dear Parents,

The Ministry of Education confirmed this afternoon that all schools will close tomorrow Wednesday 18th March initially for two weeks, when it will be reviewed.

Ongoing Precautionary Measures

During the school closure, we ask parents, students and staff to continue to follow the school’s protocol of prevention and quarantine. You can review the details here. As a school we are required to keep a record of anyone:

  • Who has travelled from / transited through or has had close contact with anyone who has travelled from / transited through our listed high-risk countries
  • Who is a Person Under Investigation (PUI) or has had close contact with a PUI
  • Confirmed with a COVID-19 diagnosis or has had close contact with a confirmed case

If you or anyone in your family falls into these categories, please email communications@patana.ac.th.

The Prime Minister asked people not to travel, to stay at home as much as possible and to avoid large gatherings. The government also ordered a temporary two-week closure of all large venues, sporting clubs and arenas, pubs, spas and massage places in Bangkok and greater Bangkok as these have been identified as critical in the spread of the virus. Please follow the strict Ministry of Public Health guidelines relating to social distancing (see FAQs here).

Continuing Student Learning (CSL)

As we mentioned yesterday, Continuing Student Learning (CSL) will go live tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Wednesday will be a transition day, giving time for students, parents and teachers to prepare themselves to begin learning on Thursday morning. Here is a video that will give you more information about CSL.

Today teachers worked with students, outlining their roles and responsibilities as part of the CSL platform and showing them a taster of what to expect.

We hope that you can support your children to complete the learning activities provided.  Some of them will include learning with devices, while many will not, similar to the student experience during a typical school day. Although many of these resources are already regularly used in school, we hope that your child(ren) have opportunities to try something new or demonstrate their learning in new ways during this difficult period.

At the core of our CSL programme is the well-being of your child(ren). Establishing a healthy daily routine is critical; supporting your child(ren) in achieving this early on is key. The daily ‘check-in’ registration is at 7.40am for our whole community. It is an opportunity to start the day ready to learn. Children who have checked into and engaged with CSL during the day are regarded as attending school. Teachers will contact parents if children are ‘absent’ without prior notice from their parents.

All learning for Primary students will be posted in the CSL Year Team blogs, we encourage you to subscribe so that you can be an integral part of the process. All learning for Secondary students will be posted as tasks on Firefly. You can access these tasks via the Firefly for Parents App (Android / Apple). The school code for the app is available on the Parents’ Gateway.

If you require technical support to access our resources, please contact helpdesk@patana.ac.th.

If you have general questions about our CSL programme please contact primary@patana.ac.th and secondary@patana.ac.th. As usual, if you have concerns or questions about your child’s particular learning, please contact their class teacher/tutor, or their subject specific teacher in Secondary.

As you will be fully aware, the Senior Leadership Team have done everything possible to keep our wonderful school open, as we recognise the absolute importance of student learning. We all still have an intrinsic desire to reopen school as soon as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Best wishes,

Senior Leadership Team