Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok City Hall: Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, chaired the meeting of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Executives Meeting. The BMA’s Education Department and Social Development Department reported on the preparedness for the reopening of BMA’s affiliated schools and Early Childhood Development Centers for teaching and learning activities as well as disease prevention and control measures.

Education Department has prepared main measures before the semester begins, namely, limitation of the number of parents and individuals who will come to school, temperature screening, surgical mask wearing, social distancing, handwashing, premise cleaning and detection and monitoring of the risk contacts in schools. These measures will be conducted together with other measures, such as to have learning and teaching activities in the open air or outdoor settings; limit mealtimes so that students spend less time while taking off their surgical face mask; stagger times to limit the numbers of people using toilets as deemed appropriate with queueing system and physical distancing; and urge students to wash their hands hourly. 437 BMA’s affiliated schools will organize Big Cleaning activities on January 28, 2021, in order to get ready for the reopening of schools and assure parents that reopening schools is safe.

Social Development Department report on the measures for the BMA’s Early Childhood Development Centers which can be classified into 2 phases, namely preparation for reopening phase and operational phase. The preparation for reopening phase includes installation of air filters, cleaning of all surfaces, and preparation of facilities and handwashing stations and supplies. Child care volunteers were trained in early childhood development training programs on disease prevention, preparation for teaching and instruction, and organization of activities with social distancing. Parents were informed to be well prepared before sending their children to the centers which includes avoid visiting crowded places and urge children to wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel. Measures in the operational phase include screening of child care volunteers, parents and children; adopting one entrance and one exit system; practicing social distancing; providing handwashing stations with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel; and cleaning all accessories for children that are made from cloth daily such as bed sheets, pillow cases, and bath towels.

The BMA’s Vocational Training Schools have also prepared teaching and learning activities which include the production of 41 video clips (with sign language translator) so that persons with disabilities can have self-directed learning materials. Moreover, The BMA’s Vocational Training Schools offer live online classes twice a day at 10.00 – 12.00 hrs. and 13.00 – 15.00 hrs., with 2 subjects in each period. Long-term courses (theoretical session) will be live streamed on February 1, 2021 for the subject in which many people have registered.

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