Phuket students allowed to return to school

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has issued a provincial order allowing schools in Phuket to resume on-site classes for students of all ages, starting tomorrow (January 17).

The move made national news, as schools elsewhere in the country must remain closed to on-site classes until January 31 under an order from the Ministry of Education.

The ordinance (Phuket Provincial Ordinance No. 352/2565), although published online earlier today (January 16), is expected to be in effect from January 15-31.

The order was posted online by the Phuket Info Center, run by the Home Ministry’s Phuket office, just after 10 a.m., giving students and their parents less than a day to make arrangements to prepare to go back to school.

The provincial decree today recognized the previous decree “requesting” all schools, kindergartens and other educational establishments on the island, public and private, to “refrain” from organizing activities on site from January 15 to 31.

However, today’s order noted: “In the case of any educational institution that is ready to open classroom (on-site) instruction before the deadline, it must follow the following measures…”

Schools with students 12 or older should randomly test students, teachers and ATK staff at the start of classes, and continue random testing every seven days.

Schools with students under 12 must ATK test all students, teachers and staff at the start of classes, and continue random testing every seven days.

All schools must comply with Thai Stop Covid Plus operating requirements, the order added.

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Educational institutions must also submit to the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) their response plan for any students, staff or staff who test positive for ATK, the order added.

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