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How nursery children in Thailand keep strictest social distancing during Covid-19?

07:05 | 12/08/2020

Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok, Thailand enhanced the world's strictest social distancing at school when it reopened to recieve 250 students amid Covid-19 pandemic.

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The world's strictest school social distancing

Schools in Thailand are forcing students to learn and play in makeshift plastic cubicles to comply with extreme social distancing measures, Daily Mail reported.

Thai children in kindergarten at the Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok, which has been reopened for a month, study behind perspex boxes and play with toys alone in screened-in areas.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
Thai kindergardeners wear face masks as they play in screened in play areas used for social distancing at the Wat Khlong Toey School. Photo: Getty.

The green light was given for schools in the country to reopen at the start of July with a series of strict 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 school teachers hand them face masks to wear throughout the day, while face shields are provided in some cases - as an extra measure.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
A Thai student prepares for his lesson at school while at a desk with a protective screen. Photo: Getty.
how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
Desks haven been spread out to ensure that social distancing measures are complied with. Photo: Getty.

When Wat Khlong Toey School was forced to shutter its doors in mid March due to Thailand's emergency decree and lockdown, the administration and teachers prepared measures to ensure a safe reopening, Mirror reported.

By installing sinks and soap dispensers outside of each classroom, creating social distancing screens in classrooms and lunch areas and installing hand sanitizer and temperature scanners at the entry the school has been open for a month and has had zero cases of COVID-19.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
Students wear face masks and stand in square outlines used for social distancing as they sing a song about washing their hands. Photo: Getty.

A new normal for others in Thailand

According toEvening Standard, one school, 31 miles north of Bangkok called Sam Khok, forced its nearly 5,000 students 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, he told Reuters.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
A foot operated hand sanitizer pump at the entrance to the Wat Khlong Toey School. Photo: Getty.
how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
A Thai teacher wearing a face mask checks on students' desk work as they sit with plastic screens used for social distancing. Photo: Getty.

The school has also turned cardboard ballot boxes used in elections into partitions to ensure social distancing between desks.

One student, Kanlaya Srimongkhol, said she feels "good" studying behind the box because it makes her feel "safer" returning to school.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
Students must have their temperatures checked and a facial recognition scanner automatically sends a message to parents. Photo: Getty.

A "travel bubble" agreement delayed as new cases rise

According to Worldometers, a total of 58 people in Thailand have died with coronavirus and there have been 3,351 infections - a low toll despite becoming the first country outside China to detect an infection in mid-January.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
Thai dancers with plastic shields against Covid-19. Photo: AFP.

But the country has delayed plans for a 'travel bubble' agreement with certain countries as the number of 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.

The government has come up with a plan to launch travel bubbles with several countries with low coronavirus risk and initially the arrangements were to be adopted with the first group of international leisure travellers in August at the earliest, Bangkok Post reported.

how nursery children in thailand keep strictest social distancing during covid 19
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