SCHOOL – Play alone, on plexiglass or plastic cubes. This is what the leadership of Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok, Thailand, has established for its students. Extreme measures without which it would not have been able to reopen its doors in early July to 250 children, deprived of school since mid-March.
Teachers and school administration took advantage of the long months of closure to fine-tune a very strict health recovery plan.
Students should not be more than 25 per class. Quarantine places are used for studying and playing. Thus, the children are separated by plastic screens and each one has their own toys. They are masked and teachers can offer them viewers.
Upon entering school, children’s temperature is taken. Once in the campus, hydroalcoholic gel, sinks and soap were installed so that students could wash their hands regularly. The handles, chairs and tables are disinfected several times a day.
Barrier gestures are taught in a playful way, so that even the little ones understand the need to respect them. For example, we can see the children, each in a square drawn on the ground, at a good distance from each other, singing a song about the correct way to wash their hands.
One month after the Wat Khlong Toey school reopened, no cases of coronavirus have been detected. However, while Thailand now allows the country’s schools to relax security measures, the establishment has chosen to continue to apply its protocol to ensure the safety of children and teachers.
At the time of this article’s publication, Thailand identified 3,351 cases of coronavirus per 58 deaths according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
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