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COVID SAFETY

The UWCT policy regarding access to campus, self-isolation, vaccination and testing will evolve regularly in alignment with local Thai policy and the changing COVID-19 situation in Thailand and will be updated as needed to reflect the most up-to-date information.

Latest Update on COVID situation:

Current Provincial and International Arrival Screening

Effective Date: 20 Jul to 2 Aug 2021
Infographic Provided by: Phuket Provincial Order and MOPH Ministry of Public Health” 

USEFUL LINKS:

Recommended Links for Further Information on COVID-19 in Thailand

Government Resources

Social Media Resources

*The medical Certificate (often called a ‘fit to fly’ certificate for your negative result from the COVID-19 test should be sent to: info@uwcthailand.ac.th. Prior to taking your COVID-19 test, an option is provided prior to your “swab appointment” to request a “Medical Certificate”. This is included in the cost of the test and is the proof of a negative COVID-19 result that you will then need in order to email our school receptionist, Khun Nida, and receive approval to enter campus.

**Travel from ASQ outside of Phuket should be direct to campus, with no stops and, preferably, by private van.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most important, COVID-related policy to follow?

Our best protection for our community is maintaining consistency with hygiene and health guidelines. Please do all you can to keep yourself, and our entire community, safe at all times and in all contexts. We cannot emphasize enough how important this is! Be individually responsible, hold others in our community kindly accountable and let’s keep each other safe, the school campus open to learning and our boarding students healthy and well.

What is UWCT’s stance on COVID-19 vaccination?

As a school, we understand the important protection against personal and community illness that high vaccination rates afford us. We strongly encourage ALL of our staff, families and students to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. This will help our community have the best chance of keeping our campus COVID-19 free, of ensuring we can operate normally and in helping our broader community, on island and in the Kingdom of Thailand, to stay safe and to be well.

We have just received our COVID vaccines or completed the final dose of vaccination. How can we inform the school?

Please fill out the Vaccination Declaration Form in order to update your vaccination status with the school. Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

What if a member of our household travels off the island? Can our UWCT student still attend classes?

Yes. SHA+, ASQ and COVID-19 testing measures apply to each individual who has travelled off island, not to the rest of the family. If your child stays on the island of Phuket continuously, they do not need to self-isolate. However, if any member of your family has come in direct, sustained (15 minutes or more) contact with someone with COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19 please stay home and self-isolate. Additionally, if any member of your family develops COVID-19 like symptoms or suspects they may be ill, please do not send your child to school.

 

Please additionally fill out the following Travel Declaration Form in order to communicate off-island travel by any member of your family unit.

Is it okay to travel off the island during the school year?

Acknowledging that conditions will be ever-evolving (we hope for the better soon), at this time we strongly recommend that students and their families avoid travel off island. Our school community is counting on every member of the UWCT family in order to keep our school population safe and healthy and our campus open for operation.

What should I do if my child must travel due to essential, urgent circumstances?

Please notify the sectional principal and Director of Residential Life (if you are a boarding student) in order to receive pre-approval for the desired absence and to ensure your child and family fully understand the required safety protocols upon return to the island. If a student must depart the island, they and their family will be responsible for the costs and the effort associated with protocols for return to campus.

Where should I look to book ASQ, SHA+ or travel arrangements?

Click here for more information on SHA+ Hotels,  ASQ or transportation needs.

Does the school have any recommendations for COVID-19 tests on the island of Phuket?

If you are participating in Sandbox, your SHA+ hotel should include all necessary COVID-19 tests in your reservation package. Please check with your hotel to confirm. Recommended external COVID-19 test providers:

Location
Cost

Bangkok Phuket International Hospital (in town)

Tel: 076 361 888

RT-PCR THB 3,500/test

Bangkok – Siriroj Hospital (in town) Tel: 076361888

RT-PCR THB 3,500/ test + certificate

Result will be within 24 hours

Mission Hospital (in town) Tel: 07623220

Rapid Antigen THB 800/test + certificate

RT-PCR THB 3,200/test + certificate

Result will be within 24 hours

Thalang Hospital (near school/Tesco) Tel: 076311033

Rapid Antigen THB 800/test + certificate

RT-PCR THB 3,200/test + certificate

Result will be within 24 hours

Patong Hospital Tel: 076 342 633

Rapid Antigen THB 700/test + certificate

RT-PCR THB 2,800/test + certificate

Result will be within 24 hours

Sarasin Lab (near Thachatchai bridge Checkpoint) Tel: 064 019 9263

Rapid Antigen THB 600/test + certificate

Nabon Chaofa E Rd, Wichit, 

096 142 4463

Rapid Antigen THB 450/test + certificate

RT-PCR THB 2,500/test + certificate

Result will be within 24 hours

*The cost between Thai and NonThai may be different.

*We advise you to call and make an appointment before going

 

Who do I contact if I have more questions regarding COVID-19 policy, protocols or my family’s specific situation?

Please start by contacting our Health and Safety Manager, Jason Whitnell, at jason.whitnell@uwcthailand.ac.th. He will be happy to discuss this policy further and can also redirect you to other staff as needed.

  • Staggered entry times for first day of school (Friday 14 Aug) then normal time; arrive in class by 8:00am
  • Masks to be worn at all times when in the car park and school
  • Do not come to school if you show any signs of COVID (see later section)
  • Maintain 1m distance when on walkways
  • Temperature check at entrance
  • Drop & Go (parents of ECC & G1-3 may enter school to take their child to classroom)
  • Thanyapura Turnstile will be closed (to be reviewed after two weeks)
  • Staggered dismissal time for first day of school Friday 13 Aug, then normal timetable.
  • Parents wait by cars in car park (please do not crowd around the school entrance)
  • Parents of ECC & G1-3 may enter school to pick up their child from their class teacher.
  • When collecting children please wait outside the building, students will be brought out to the parents
  • Thanyapura turnstile will be closed (to be reviewed after two weeks)
  • At the end of your school day, CCA/ECA or team practise, students are required to leave school immediately to go home
  • After school library access:
  • Preschool to G3 student with parents
  • G4-5 on request
  • G6-12 for book drop off / collection
  • Library closes at 4:40pm
  • Wear mask at all times and bring a spare mask as well; please mark with student’s name
  • A face shield can be used with a mask, but not on its own
  • Social distancing: remain at least 1m apart
  • Observe spacing lines on the floor and any flow direction arrows
  • Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Bring a water bottle; please mark with the student’s name
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own stationery (pens, pencils, rulers) so as not to share

ECC

  • Nursery and Preschool, no mask required, but they are encouraged
  • Kindergarten to wear masks
  • Maintain 1m social distancing
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom and when changing classrooms

G1-12

  • All students are required to wear a mask
  • Maintain 1m social distancing
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom and when changing classrooms
  • Nursery & Preschool will be served lunch in the ECC building
  • Kindergarten will be served lunch at the front of the cafeteria 12:00-12:20pm

  • G1-12 will be served lunch (no self-service) in the cafeteria in shifts:
    • 12:00-12:25 G1-2
    • 12:25-12:50 G3-5
    • 12:50-13:20 G6-8
    • 13:20-13:50 G9-12
  • Wash hands before and after eating
  • Follow flow arrows
  • 1m social distancing 

    For all students

  • Sit at marked places (do not move chairs to be closer to each other)
  • Masks to be worn when collecting food and removed when sat at the table to eat (Replace mask when clearing plates)
  • Ensure used water cups are placed in the used tray

Fire Alarm

  • Evacuate to Assembly area via the most direct route to fresh air
  • Disregard flow arrows when evacuating the buildings
  • Disregard 1m social distancing
  • Remove face masks only when requested during evacuation of building, so staff can recognise students and staff

Shelter Protocol

  • Follow protocol to take cover
  • Disregard flow arrows when evacuating the buildings
  • Disregard 1m social distancing
  • Remove face masks only when requested when evacuating building so staff can recognise students and staff

Earthquake

  • Follow earthquake procedures (drop & take cover)
  • Disregard 1m social distancing
  • Disregard flow arrows when evacuating the buildings
  • Remove face masks only when requested when evacuating building so staff can recognise students and staff
  • All seats will be used within the school bus
  • Wear a mask
  • No eating or drinking whilst in the bus
  • For morning school bus pick up, students will be temperature checked before boarding
  • Masks are optional, but encouraged
  • No social distancing required
  • Equipment will be sterilized after use
  • Wind instruments will not be used
  • All instruments will be sterilized after use
  • Singing/choir with masks on
  • Kindergarten – G12 wear a mask
  • 1m social distancing
  • Outdoor play equipment is available (one person at a time on the trampoline)
  • Wash hands before and after eating snack
  • Nursery – G5 will be served snack in their classroom before going to play
  • G6-12 will be served snack in the cafeteria by staff (students line up)
  • Masks required
  • Social distancing is required
  • On-site 3rd Party Providers require a COVID-19 declaration and following of current protocols for accessing the campus
  • Off-site 3rd Party Providers require:
    • COVID-19 declaration
    • Handwashing facilities
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilets
    • Regular hygiene cleaning

COVID-19 Symptoms, including variant symptoms: 

  • Body temperature of 37.5C or above
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Persistent headache
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness / difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell or taste

Day students will be isolated in the school medical centre until their parents/guardians can collect them. Boarding students will be isolated in the boarding house until medical advice can be sought.

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