Phuket students are allowed to go back to school

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

The move has made national headlines as schools across the country are ordered to remain closed for on-site classes until January 31 by order of the Department of Education.

The order (Phuket Provincial Order No. 352/2565), although posted online today (Jan. 16), is in effect Jan. 15-31.

The order was placed online by the Phuket Info Center, run by the Phuket Ministry of Interior Office, just after 10am, giving students and their parents less than a day to make preparations for returning to school.

The provincial ordinance today recognized the previous order that “requested” all public and private schools, kindergartens and other educational institutions on the island not to hold on-site activities from January 15-31.

However, the order noted today: “In the case of educational institutions willing to open face-to-face (on-site) classes before the deadline, they must follow the following measures…”

Schools with students 12 and older are required to randomly test students, teachers and staff at the beginning of class and randomly continue testing every seven days.

Schools with students under the age of 12 are required to test all students, teachers and staff for ATK at the start of class and conduct random testing every seven days.

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

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Educational institutions are also required to submit their response plan to the Phuket Provincial Health Department (PPHO) for any student, staff or staff member who tests positive by ATK, the order added.

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