|Parents bring their kids to school wearing protective facemasks in Bangkok on Feb 3, 2020. (File photo by= AFP/Lillian SUWANRUMPHA)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] BANGKOK: Thailand unveiled various strict COVID-19 control measures on Tuesday (Sept 14) in preparation for classes to resume in schools. Known as Sandbox Safety Zone in School (SSS), the initiative was jointly developed by the education and public health ministries, CNA reported. The measures aim to create a safety zone in educational institutes once they are allowed to resume on-site operations.
“The Public Health Ministry is fully aware that it is crucial for students to go to school as usual because it affects the interactions among themselves and their interactions with society. Besides, there are many activities that children cannot fully learn online,” said Dr Suwanchai Watthanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Health Department, in a press conference on Tuesday. However, on-site learning is expected to resume in the second semester in November as the government plans to vaccinate 4.5 million children aged between 12 and 17 next month.
Under the SSS initiative, educational institutes will be categorized according to the severity of the transmission in their respective provinces, from green to yellow, orange, red, and dark red. Each category will entail different COVID-19 control measures. These include the requirement for educational institutes to assess their readiness for on-site education based on guidelines provided by the Health Department and to carry out learning activities in small groups.