Dear Berkeley Community,

I hope this message finds you all well. As you may be aware, the CCSA met last Friday to update the conditions of the national shutdown, and this update included some changes regarding schools and school reopening. Some of these new directions were unclear or open to interpretation, so we contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and Ministry of Education (MoE) this morning for clarification, and our findings follow:

  • Some boarding schools are being allowed to operate a ‘Sandbox Safety Zone in School’ trial during September, but non-boarding schools in Bangkok must continue with online learning at this time.

  • School buildings may be used for limited activities such as testing and teacher training with approval from the MoE and BMA. We are hopeful this means we can hold the scheduled October SAT test on campus.

  • These updated regulations will be in place from September 1st-30th, though they may be reviewed earlier if the situation in Thailand and Bangkok permits.

In our view, this appears to be a positive step towards an eventual school reopening. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and will keep pushing to be allowed to reopen school as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of us listed below for more information.


Ashley Peek

Head of School