For the first time in almost two years, on-site learning has resumed, bringing children and teachers together in a joyful but cautious reunion at the start of the new school year, with health and safety safeguards in place owing to Covid-19.
Nothing beats a face-to-face meeting, which is a wonderful change after nearly two years of being hooked to a computer screen for online classes. Students were confined to their houses by the pandemic, and their connections with classmates were limited to FaceTime and phone conversations.
The disadvantage is that they are more vulnerable to the virus outside the home, and there is no way of knowing whether individuals in public places are sincere about taking precautions against it.
However, there are claims that online classes degrade educational quality. Some students had trouble obtaining WiFi or were not fully suited to study remotely due to poor internet connections.
Wat Ratchanatda, like other schools across the country, was completely prepared for the new academic year.
As part of this, sensor-operated body temperature scanners have been put at the entry, an ATK test area has been designated, and sanitizer gel is provided throughout the facility.
According to Thanakorn Chaisit, a teacher at the school, each table in the canteen has a divider, and pupils arrive for lunch at different times.
Tables are positioned apart in the classroom to create social distance.
Students must wear masks in class at all times, but they can take them off when they go outside.