Public schools in Pattaya are not ready to open for in-person learning on November 1st, say school officials

Pattaya –

Public schools in Pattaya are not ready to open for ‘On Site’ learning on November 1st due to Covid -19 measurements, according to Chonburi and Pattaya officials.

Mr. Weerawat Kudtaleng the director of the Pattaya City Educational Office told the Pattaya News and associated local Thai press today, “There are eleven schools and two Children Development Centers in Pattaya City in terms of public schools, not counting international or private schools.”

“Students aged 12-17 whose parents have opted them into getting a vaccine will receive their second dose of a Covid -19 vaccine on November 9th and November 10th,” Weerawat explained.

From November 1st students will continue to learn their school lessons via ”Online/ On Hand / On Demand and On-Air until further change after a decision from Chonburi Public Health Officials, who are concerned with the number of cases still active in the Chonburi and Pattaya area as well as the fact that students who are eligible are not fully vaccinated yet,” Weerawat explained.

“Additionally, schools in Pattaya City for younger children under the age of 12 who cannot get vaccinated yet will not resume at this time due to concerns from the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee,” Weerawat added.

“Before any opening, every school must pass the ‘Thai Stop COVID Plus’ (TSC+) assessments which will be required for any ‘On Site’ learning to make sure teachers, students, staffers, and parents will be safe and protected from Covid -19. This will be required before the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee allows any opening and includes many measures such as ensuring all family members are fully vaccinated, regular testing, a “safe and sealed” route from school to home, a safe bubble environment, plans for mask-wearing and hand washing stations, overall health guidelines, rules around meals (students must eat alone), and much more.” Weerawat stated.

“If school assessments and other measurements are approved by the Chonburi Disease Control Committee, they will be allowed to open for ‘On Site’ learning. However, at this exact moment, pending further vaccinations for older students and review of the Thai Stop Covid Plus measures, schooling will continue to be “at home” for students from November 1st, where students can stay safe. This will continually be evaluated by Chonburi and Pattaya officials. We are aware some private and international schools may choose to open but their standards are different.” Weerawat concluded.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.