COVID-19 UPDATE (Sunday, 15 March 2020, 11:30 am)

 

St. Mark’s Administration recognises that COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation and there are ongoing concerns on the spread of this virus.  We appreciate your cooperation as we work through this constantly changing environment.  We truly have a great and responsible community, and it is during this challenging time that our strength as a community shines. 

 

The changes made to this update is to add Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain, the USA to our list of high-risk countries/regions and to remove Singapore and Taiwan from this list.  This is done in accourdance with the announcement from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) made on March 13 at 7:00 pm on the new information of Infected Countries and Countries with On-going Transmission.   

 

We are constantly monitoring this development and we hope the following guideline given below will be beneficial to our school community.

 

Q1.  How does St. Mark’s conduct travel check on its community to ascertain their travel history?

St. Mark’s community is built upon a foundation of values that include integrity, responsibility, and care.

Students (including their family members who live in the same household), staff and teachers will be required to fill in our online Declaration Form (Click Here) if they have travelled to, or have come into contact with someone coming from the countries listed in Question 2.

St. Mark’s conduct stringent travel declaration checks on parents/guardians, teachers, students, staff and all residents who live in the same household as our students. We trust that our parents and staff have the health and well-being of our students at heart and will all do their part to help keep everyone well and safe.

 

Q2.  Which are the countries/regions that our school considers as high-risk countries/regions, which will warrant a submission of Declaration Form and a mandatory 14-day quarantine?

Any person who lives in the same household as the students and staff of our school must be placed on a 14-day quarantine after their arrival to Thailand, if they have visited the following countries/regions:

China (including Macau, Hong Kong), Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain, the USA  

             

Q3.  Must a child be quarantined for 14 days if he/she had contact with a person who had travelled to a high-risk country/region?

Yes, if a student has family members returned from high-risk countries or have had close contact with those who are suspected to be an infected case, the student must not attend class but do a 14-day self quarantine at home.

 

Q4.  Who needs to be quarantined?

Family member, resident, visitor who arrives in Thailand from a high-risk country/region mentioned in Question 2. Family member, resident, visitor who had travelled to high-risk countries/regions, and child (who did not travel) both need to be quarantined for 14 days, even though no one has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Q5.  When does the 14-day quarantine start?

The first day of the quarantine period starts on the second day after arriving in Thailand. For example, if you arrived in Thailand on 1 March 2020, the 14-day quarantine would start on 2 March 2020 and end on 15 March 2020. You will be able to return to school on 16 March 2020.

 

Q6.  Does the 14-day quarantine apply to transits in airports located in countries/regions mentioned in Question 2?

Yes, a person who had made transits in airports located in high-risk countries/regions will still need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand. 

 

Q7.  Can a parent who had travelled to countries/regions mentioned in Question 2 dropoff/pick up his/her child at school?

No, anyone who had travelled to high-risk countries/regions should be quarantined for 14 days and should not visit the school premises.

 

Q8.  Which are the countries/regions that are under our school's watchlist and warrant a telephone or an e-mail notification to the school?

Any person who lives in the same household as the students and staff of our school must call or e-mail to inform our school immediately upon returning from the following countries: 

  Bahrain

 

Q9.  What if flu-like symptoms develop upon returning to Thailand from countries/regions that are under our school's watchlist mentioned in Question 8?

If you develop any flu-like symptoms (having temperature of 37.5 degree Celsius or more, cough, runny nose, sore throat, bodily ache) upon returning from countries in our school's watchlist, please follow a 14-day quarantine requirement as stated in Question 5 to Question 7.

 

Encourage your family members to: