Public school openings in Pattaya going smoothly so far, say Pattaya officials

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

Pattaya –

Public Schools in Pattaya reopened for onsite learning this week with the first full day of classes for most schools being on Tuesday (November 16th).

Pattaya City 5 School and the Pattaya City 11 School are two of those schools that are being allowed to open onsite learning after close to eight months of closures due to Covid-19 concerns and online-only schooling. Students throughout Pattaya took Covid-19 ATK tests on Monday this week, November 15th, with no reports of positive cases.

As a reference before we continue, our prior articles about school testing:

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

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

A major vaccination day for eligible students in Pattaya started on October 18th with 2,402 students vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, according to the Pattaya City Mayor.

Major student Covid-19 vaccination campaign with Pfizer vaccine continues in Pattaya, schools likely to start to open in November in Pattaya

Teachers were waiting to welcome students at school gates on Tuesday on the first day of school officially starting once again. Every student’s body temperature was checked before being allowed to enter schools. There were no reports of any students with a fever.

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

Ms. Naruemon Intaphong, the director of the Pattaya City 5 School said, “All students from our school’s Covid -19 test results are all negative.”

“Every student wears a face mask at all times. Our onsite lessons are in small groups. We are telling students to avoid playing with friends in their free time at schools and limiting students’ exposure to others at mealtimes. We understand not everyone is happy with these rules but we expect they will be adjusted as time goes on and the situation improves.” Naruemon concluded.

TPN media notes that most (but not all) private and international schools have also returned to school this month and according to Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume 95% of public school students aged 12-18 are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with Pfizer. However, a vaccine is NOT mandatory for students to return to school and each student had parental consent, according to the Mayor.

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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 except when commuting between the two.