Students at schools in Hua Hin will likely begin the new school semester studying online.
According to Prachuap Provincial Administration, schools in the province, including in Hua Hin, will remain closed for onsite learning when the new school term begins on November 1.
While permission has been given for mathayom students to return to the classroom at some schools, prathom students must stay at home.
A number of schools, including Salesian, have already begun informing parents that all classes will continue online for the foreseeable future.
The measures will be reviewed again on November 15.
Officials are understood to be eager for students to return to the classroom as soon as possible.
However, due to the COVID-19 situation in the province, the decision has been taken for the province’s students to remain at home, at least for the next two weeks and possibly longer.
This is despite schools in Bangkok, which is a ‘dark-red’ province, being allowed to return to the classroom. Prachuap Khiri Khan is a ‘red’ province.
The issue of when students will return to the classroom is a challenging one for both the education and public health authorities, who try to find a balance between ensuring children receive an adequate education while at the same time trying to reduce the risk of further infections.
The issue is further complicated by the Thai government’s policy of reopening the country to foreign tourists from November 1.
Hua Hin, which is included in the reopening plans, is deemed safe enough for foreign tourists to visit but not safe enough for children to return to classroom.
On Wednesday, health officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan reported 105 new COVID-19 cases, the fewest number of cases for two weeks. 36 of the new cases were discovered in Hua Hin.
*This post has been updated due to new information received from provincial education officials.