Students, teachers, and staffers at Pattaya schools take Covid-19 ATK tests, public schools reopen after almost eight months

Pattaya –

Hundreds of students, teachers, and school staffers at public schools in Pattaya took an ATK test yesterday (November 15th) before schools reopened for onsite learning today (November 16th).

The Mueang Pattaya 11 School director Mr. Poonsak Pongpipatwattana told the Pattaya News, “The ATK test was at Mueang Pattaya 11 School. In total 1,661 students took an ATK test administered by medical staffers from Mueang Pattaya School in partnership with local hospitals. Any student who has a positive test, regardless if they are asymptomatic or not, will be sent to a hospital immediately.”

(TPN media notes that were no confirmed reports about how many, if any, students had a positive test although school restarted today without any major complications.)

“Our onsite learning classes can have only 25 students per classroom. Students will learn onsite for five days and have online learning for five days, rotating at least at first. ” Poonsak explained.

“Students who don’t agree to take a Covid-19 test will not be allowed to learn onsite at schools. However, they are still allowed to learn online. We have had a few situations in which parents did not want their children tested.” Poonsak stated.

Schools had been closed for onsite learning for coming on eight months due to Covid-19 concerns in Chonburi and Pattaya.  The reopening was finally allowed by the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee following a reported 95% of eligible students 12-18 getting parental consent to take a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. TPN media notes, however, that vaccines were not mandated for children to return to school, although testing was and will be conducted at random on students in the future according to Poonsak.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang 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 more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, 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.