COVID-19 Updates
Dear GIS community,
 
We write with mixed feelings of excitement and caution as we look to resume in-person learning next week. In many ways, we are hopeful and relieved by the news that we can once again be on campus, interacting with each other and learning in a classroom environment. At the same time, we continue to learn more about the expectations, recommendations, and requirements of the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee (CCDC), and we want to be transparent with what we know so you can make informed decisions for your children and family.
 
Many of the precautions are in line with what we have already done for the past 18 months, but there are new vaccination and testing measures that will need to be managed (which were just communicated to us yesterday). In order to comply with the government regulations and expectation here are some of the new COVID prevention measures:
 
  • The weekly “Self Assessment Survey” (known as Thai Save Thai by Ministry of Health) is already in place for students and will now be added for staff
  • Gatherings (except at lunch) must be limited to less than 50 people
  • Team/contact sports are not allowed on campus
  • Separation between Elementary and Secondary students will be maintained
  • Staff who have not been vaccinated will antigen test every 2 weeks
  • A student or staff member on campus who meets the threshold for testing will be tested with an antigen test kit (ATK). See the decision matrix below for more information on what symptoms would necessitate testing. If the test result is positive, a nurse and parent will accompany the student to a hospital to receive a PCR test.
  • In accordance with government requirements, GIS will randomly administer an ATK to 15% of the student and staff population every month. At the appropriate time, the school will send test kits home with the students and staff who are randomly selected. In order for these students and staff to continue to attend school, they will need to send a picture of their negative test result to the GIS nurse.
 
The final item (random student testing) may be the most concerning to some of our families. In Chiang Mai province, currently an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test (with or without symptoms) will be hospitalized in isolation. However, some local hospitals allow parents to stay with their children. This is a sobering possibility and will understandably give some families pause to consider how they should proceed. Parents who wish their student(s) to attend GIS will need to complete a consent form for random and symptomatic antigen testing.
We will offer a video call tomorrow at 3:00 pm to provide information. HERE is the link. If you have questions you would like us to address, please email: cmt@gisthailand.org
 
On behalf of the CMT,
 
Ajarn Jintana
School Director
 
Stephen Anderson
Superintendent
 
 
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What is the protocol if someone has symptoms during the school day?

 

Based on exposure risk and medical history, GIS will antigen test (ATK) for

 

Any 1 of the following:

  • Fever / chills / body aches
  • Sore throat / conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Discoloration of fingers/toes
  • Shortness of breath
  • 2+ times diarrhea/vomiting

Any 2+ of the following:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sinus congestion
  • Fatigue

 

What if the on-campus ATK is negative?

Health Services will call parents and ask them to take the student home.

 

What if the on-campus ATK is positive?

Health Services will call parents. A nurse and parent(s) will accompany the student to the family’s preferred hospital to receive a PCR test. While waiting for the results, the student and family may isolate themselves at home.

 

In the event of a case in Elementary, Health Services will work with the classroom teacher to modify the schedule and limit exposure to other grades. In the event of a case in either Elementary or Secondary, Health Services will notify all parents via email. Parents may choose to pick up their students from school early.

 

What if the PCR is positive?

The GIS community will be notified of a positive COVID-19 case at the school. In the event of an Elementary case, the grade level will close for 14 days. In the event of a Secondary case, all of Secondary will close for 14 days. GIS will NOT test other students; however, the government may require additional testing. The government will require students who test positive to be isolated in a hospital for 14 days. Families would be responsible for their medical expenses.