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Most Thailand Schools Ready to Reopen for In-Person Classes Nov. 1

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Two government ministries confirmed schools are now ready to reopen with those in areas with lower coronavirus infection rates and greater vaccination vaccination coverage to press ahead with in-person classes Nov. 1

Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong said schools across the country will resume classes for the new academic term from November, with some 30,000 schools now well prepared for reopening.

The minister said not all schools will get to reopen their gates on Nov. 1, however, as factors such as Covid-19 cases have to be taken into consideration.

The ministry asked schools to evaluate the risk factors in their areas and determine whether they are ready to reopen. Data will be submitted to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration next week to establish official reopening guidelines.

For schools in the southern region, the minister said provincial public health offices will be making the assessments, with online classes being a viable option for infectious areas.

She said unvaccinated students will be allowed to go to school after the reopening, as stringent health and safety measures will be put in place.