For more than a week now Bangkok has been on high alert due to increasing numbers of people testing positive for the Corona (COVID-19) virus within Thailand. This growing concern comes at a time when international schools are coming off of their mid-term breaks, a popular time of the year for families to travel abroad.
Upon notification from the government, Ascot International School took quick action, implementing a strict policy from the very first morning the school re-opened after mid-term break. Headmaster Gary Booth explains:
“Ascot is leading the way on stringent precautions in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Every visitor to school is required to show their passports for inspection and if they have not visited any high-risk countries, they are issued an official school health pass once they have had their temperature taken by our medical staff. Students, teachers and family members who have visited high-risk countries are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, as are those who share a living space with them. With sensible and clear procedures and policies, we can provide the best protection for our Ascot families. We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and support.”
Ascot will continue monitoring everyone who enters the campus and communicate important updates from the Thai government as soon as they are issued. There have been no learning disruptions for students who recently traveled to or have been in close contact with people who have traveled to high-risk countries. Ascot is providing high quality online work via Google Classroom and the SeeSaw app, ensuring that everyone under self-quarantine has the ability to study from home.