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The Ministry of Education measures measures after Covid-19 has been adjusted to be a communicable disease that must be monitored.

The Ministry of Education measures measures after Covid-19 has been adjusted to be a communicable disease that must be monitored.

On October 3, Ms. Treenut Thienthong, Minister of Education (MOE) spoke at one of the press conferences to prepare educational institutions under and supervised by the Ministry of Education throughout the country that due to the epidemic situation Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 in Thailand is likely to ease and the Ministry of Public Health has announced the cancellation of COVID-19. from dangerous communicable diseases It is a contagious disease that must be monitored. Since October 1 and the Center for Situation Administration for the Epidemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC) has resolved to cancel Government Administration in Emergency Situations Act BE 2548 to revert to the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 (2015) The Ministry of Education (MOE) has canceled 3 announcements in order to be in line with each other. MOE on measures to prevent and control the epidemic situation of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 of the Ministry of Education, dated December 30, 2021 and the MOE Announcement on the first additional issue dated January 3, 2022, including canceling Announcement of the Ministry of Education on Criteria for Opening Schools or Educational Institutions According to the requirements issued under Section 9 of the Royal Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations BE 2548 dated May 30, 2022 and still allow all departments and educational institutions under the Ministry of Education to comply. Guidelines of the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee and The Ministry of Health determines next

“Covid-19 epidemic situation tends to ease But the school is a place with groups and activities Therefore, there is a risk of infection with various diseases. In teaching and learning, the MOE adheres to the safety of students, teachers and educational personnel as the main priority in order for students, teachers and parents to have peace of mind in sending their children in. learn The MOE therefore has to adjust the guidelines to be in line with the Ministry of Health’s announcement, for example, it is recommended to wear a mask in case of entering a crowded or enclosed area. Provide a hygienic environment in the school And if there is an infection in the educational institution, teaching and learning should be arranged as appropriate without closing the school. The MOE will focus on the development of systems and skills for students and teachers to take care of themselves. By using the project 1 school 1 health teacher to create Thai children with knowledge of health This will focus on skills in screening for self-primary health care, such as the risk of contracting an epidemic. Basic life support, including mental health There is a system of screening, surveillance, referrals for stress or depression to help and reduce violence,” said Ms. Treenut.

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Dr. Sarawut Boonsuk, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Health Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that after the Ministry of Health announced the cancellation of COVID-19 from dangerous communicable diseases It is a contagious disease that must be monitored. Since October 1, the Ministry of Public Health has organized a surveillance system for COVID-19 in 4 parts as follows: 1. Surveillance in hospitals 2. Surveillance in the area at risk, such as educational institutions, etc. 3. Surveillance of the outbreak in a cluster or cluster if there is a large epidemic There must be a system to control and investigate the disease and 4. Surveillance about the mutation of COVID-19.

Dr. Sarawut continued that for the current situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, the rate of new infections has decreased significantly. especially the number of infected people with severe symptoms or died An average of 5-10 deaths per day are the most common causes of death. coming from an infected person with a congenital disease or not receiving vaccinations, etc., and when looking at the number of people infected with COVID-19 Collect all age groups From April 1 to September 30, the number of people infected with COVID-19 aged 0-18 years will be significantly reduced. The mortality rate in the age group 0-18 years is very low. In some months, almost no deaths at all.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Health said that the rate of vaccination against COVID-19 of that student From the data as of October 3, it was found that in the age group 12-17 years, a total of 5,333,639 people received 4,723,369 doses of 1st vaccination, representing 88.56%, 2nd dose of 4,386,081 people, representing 82.23%, 1,140,580 3rd dose vaccines. 11 years, a total of 5,002,698 people received Scheme 1 vaccine, 3,328,184 people, representing 64.6%, the second dose of 2,493,003 people, or 48.4%, and the third dose of 56,807, or 1.1%, which the Ministry of Health considers that there is still a need for students to received a booster vaccine

“For the advice on prevention of communicable diseases that must be monitored for COVID-19 for educational institutions, it is divided into 3 parts: as well as to ensure that the environment of the educational institution is clean, safe, and hygienic according to sanitation principles and arrange classrooms with good ventilation system and there is an appropriate risk assessment or according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee. and promoting health literacy among teachers, staff, students and parents. 2. Students and staff Basic personal hygiene must be routinely observed, i.e. washing hands, wearing masks when entering crowded places, in poorly ventilated areas. or is at risk Assess your own risk with Thai Save Thai. If the risk is high, recommend an ATK test or consult the local public health administration and receive vaccinations and 3. Surveillance. Let educational institutions do a student health screening according to school health standards. along with monitoring and observing the symptoms of illness If there is a cluster of illnesses, coordinate, consult and refer to a hospital. and supervise, follow up and report according to standards through online school hygiene,” said Dr. Sarawut.

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Dr Sarawut added that Guidelines for educational institutions in case of COVID-19 infection In the case of no symptoms or mild symptoms, students, teachers, and personnel in educational institutions follow the following practices: Provide appropriate teaching and learning. without closing school Follow the principles of Universal Prevention, focus on measures 6-6-7, intensively wear a mask, wash hands, maintain a distance of not less than 2 meters in the classroom, refrain from group activities. Provide the area with a good ventilation system. and clean the classroom In the event of a person infected with COVID-19 have moderate or severe symptoms Have educational institutions follow the guidelines for the care of the Ministry of Health and contact the local public health agencies.

Attaphol Sangkhawasee, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, said that the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Education (NESDB), as it supervises the Office of the Private Education Commission (NSO), has more than 500,000 students. that will bring all recommendations and knowledge about communicable diseases that must be monitored have knowledge understanding for students, teachers and educational personnel for these people to bring the knowledge that has been distributed to their parents And continue to monitor themselves, see that the Ministry of Education must have a system to track the number of infected people from all major agencies In order for the MOE Minister to be able to use this information to formulate a policy on COVID-19, and the MOE will expedite the preparation of an announcement of the MOE regarding the guidelines for preventing communicable diseases and surveillance. for educational institutions to adopt this approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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Mr. Atthaphon Sangkhawasee, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education.

Mr. Amporn Pinasa, secretary-general of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), said he would communicate to the schools in his affiliation that even if COVID-19 has been adjusted to be a contagious disease that must be monitored. But we still need to focus on preventing the spread. because this disease has not gone away The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will implement the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education (MOPH) into practice. by providing knowledge about preventing infection with COVID-19 for students, teachers and educational personnel educational institutions Preventive measures must be designed and put in place. What are the strict measures? and create safety for students Ask them to remain the same, such as the distance in the classroom. Provide the cafeteria to be an airy, open space, etc., and which measures can be lenient I asked to relax as necessary. In this regard, educational institutions are asked to work with their parents. If parents notice that the child is at risk You must enter the screening system immediately. along with adjusting teaching and learning to other forms so that students can still study and must have a contingency plan if students are found to be infected

Acting Lt. Thanu Wongchinda, acting secretary-general of the Vocational Education Commission (VEC), said that the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (VEC) will speed up creating understanding with educational institutions under its jurisdiction. It also emphasizes cleaning of student rooms in the vocational programme, free classes, vocational and laboratory cleaning. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, educational institutions must also prepare contingency plans to cope with various situations and must act according to the policy of the The Minister of Education is urging to provide 1 college and 1 health teacher for every college. in order to have knowledgeable teachers to take care of especially which he believed PSU is ready to drive education in the midst of changing situations.

Mr. Wanlop Sanguannam, secretary-general of the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education (Non-formal and Informal Education) said that he would expedite cooperation with the community, entrepreneurs, and local administrative organizations (DOT) to prepare. Place for learning activities of learners NSO to keep it clean It is the most safe from COVID-19. to clarify the understanding of students, teachers, and personnel of the NSO

Mr. Wanlop Sanguannam, Secretary-General of the Office for the Promotion of Non-Formal and Informal Education (NSO)

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