The world’s strictest school social distancing has been revealed to be Thai kindergartners sealed in perspex boxes during playtime while masks are mandatory for older kids in the fight against coronavirus, Your Content has learned.
Thai tots in kindergarten at the Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok, which reopened last month, study behind perspex boxes and play with toys alone in screened-in areas.
The go-ahead was given for schools in the country to reopen at the start of July with a series of forceful measures in place.
Authorities recommended class sizes are restricted to 20-25 students while doorknobs, desks and other areas at risk of spreading infection be sanitized frequently throughout the day.
When students arrive at the facility teachers hand them face masks to wear throughout the day, while face shields are provided in some cases.
When Wat Khlong Toey School was forced to lock its doors in mid March due to coronavirus, the administration and teachers prepared measures to ensure a swift reopening.
At Sam Khok school, about 31 miles north of Bangkok, nearly 5,000 students were made to self-quarantine at home for 15-days prior to the re-start in July as an extra precaution, Principal Chuchart Thiengtham said.
Students must also have their temperatures checked and a facial recognition scanner automatically sends a message to parents.
“I feel good studying behind the box because it makes me feel safer returning to school,” said student Kanlaya Srimongkhol.
What’s more, the country has delayed plans for a ‘travel bubble’ agreement with certain countries as new cases rises in parts of Asia.
“We are delaying discussion of travel bubble arrangements for now given the outbreak situation in other countries,” Thailand’s coronavirus taskforce spokesman, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, told Reuters.
China, Australia and Hong Kong have all reported rising coronavirus figures and in late July Vietnam detected its first locally transmitted cases since April.
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