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Most schools in Rayong close as teachers went to places Egyptian soldier did

Jul 15. 2020
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By The Nation

As many as 274 schools in Rayong have had to close because their teachers visited venues where they may have been at risk of contracting Covid-19, while the Education Ministry said it will restart online classes.

The 274 institutions that are having to close include 11 vocational colleges, 223 public schools, 32 private schools and eight informal educational institutes.

Meanwhile, Bangkok’s Samsenwittayalai School will close on Wednesday because one of its students had visited the hotel in Rayong where the Egyptian soldier who tested positive for Covid-19 had been staying. The student, meanwhile, is required to go into self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Sainampeung School in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei district will also be closed from July 15 to 17 because the director is worried about a second wave of infections caused by an “emergency situation” announced by the Education Ministry. It is believed he may be referring to the case of a nine-year-old Sudanese girl who tested positive for Covid-19 and stayed in a condominium near the school.

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said that nearly every school in Rayong has been closed, though preparations have been made for online classes in case there is a second-wave of Covid-19 infections.

He said classrooms may be entirely done away with if there’s a second-wave of infections as the ministry is prepared to conduct online lessons so students are able to complete their semester.

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