Thailand wakes up to reopening of schools with temperature checks, masks
SAM KHOK (THAILAND) – Thai schools were reopened on Wednesday for the first time since mid-March. With all precautions such as temperature checks and installing makeshift cubicles for social distancing in classrooms, safety will be ensured.
At Sam Khok school, about 50 km (31 miles) north of Bangkok, around 5,000 students were asked to self-quarantine at home for 15 days right before they re-start as an additional precaution, Principal Chuchart Thiengtham said.
“Once students arrive at school, teachers hand face masks to them because it’s mandatory to wear them,” said Chuchart, adding that face shields were also provided to pupils for additional safety during some activities.
The temperatures of students will be checked and a facial recognition scanner will automatically send a message to parents, he said.
The classroom has been changed now with cardboard ballot boxes such as the ones used in elections to make sure social distancing is maintained between desks. “I feel good studying behind the box because it makes me feel safer returning to school,” said student Kanlaya Srimongkhol.
However, 17-year-old Soponwich Thianthong said while he felt more secure the partitions could be a hindrance as it limited his vision.
58 people have died in Thailand because of coronavirus, which was in turn out of 3,173 infections, though the country has not recorded any case of local transmission for 37 days. Thailand this week extended an emergency law till July end to avoid the risk of a relapse, even as additional restrictions were relaxed with the opening of bars and permitting some foreigners into the country.
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