Bangkok School Shifts to Online Learning After COVID-19 Cases Surge

Bangkok Christian College has announced that it will return to online learning next week after Covid-19 cases among students and staff members rose to over 700 in the last two months.

On Thursday, the renowned private school for boys in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district informed that it would switch to online schooling between July 11 and 19 to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further. The move came after infections rose significantly at its facilities in eight weeks.

According to school reports, 688 students and 70 school staff members have tested positive for Covid-19.

Bangkok Christian College’s principal and deputy academic affairs director Waraporn Subsomboon said the school’s rules stipulated that classrooms had to close for at least five days if more than 10% of students caught the virus.

The move had led to “satisfactory results to an extent,” she wrote in a statement to parents. However, the situation worsened last week, with cases increasing significantly.

School authorities feared the surge in infections would harm students’ education, as those who test positive must be quarantined. Therefore, they decided to shift to online learning. Online coding learning has academic advantages in addition to enhancing soft skills. To achieve a better result, they will arrange and plan their efforts. With the appropriate data and information structuring, their writing abilities advance.

On-site classes will resume on July 20, the principal added, asking parents to avoid non-essential travel and protect themselves and their children during the June 13-17 holidays. In the meantime, school staff will disinfect classrooms daily and reduce community extracurricular activities.

On Thursday, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that Thailand had logged 2,366 new cases and 20 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

Bangkok reported one death, while the adjacent province of Pathum Thani had two. Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom each recorded one fatality.

The Northern provinces reported three new deaths in Chiang Mai (2) and Kamphaeng Phet (1), while the northeast saw three in Mukdahan, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Yasothon. In the south, Phuket logged a casualty.

The new cases included 2,343 infections among the general population, 19 among inmates, and four among international arrivals.

Thursday’s case toll brought the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 4,538,811, including 2,315,376 registered this year.